Gabe Fowler's "Nope" from 2002 is part of the RAC's new exhibition "Humor US," which spotlights artists whose work engages with humor.

Riverside Arts Center, 32 E. Quincy St., has canceled an artist reception for two new exhibitions that had been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25 in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the region and locally.

The event was to have kicked off “Humor Us,” a group show in the Freeark and outdoor sculpture galleries spotlighting artists whose work engages with humor and “In Time and Paradise,” a site-specific installation in the FlexSpace gallery by Kelly Kristin Jones, celebrating 19 Illinois women who fought for the women’s rights at the time of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S.

“We are sorry to have to cancel the reception, but with a surge in the spread of the virus, we decided to err on the side of safety and focus on scheduled visits and online programming,” RAC officials said in a press release.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibitions by making an appointment to do so. Two visitors are allowed at one time and they must wear face coverings and practice social distancing while in the building. The gallery will be open Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m., beginning Oct. 29.

Email to arrange an appointment. Admission to the gallery is free.