UCR ARTS Celebrates New Name, Purpose

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The newly renamed arts institution will bring enhanced programming and scholarship to downtown Riverside.
By Jessica Weber on August 8, 2018
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UCR ARTS’ California Museum of Photography and the Culver Center of the Arts

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — UCR ARTS has a new name and a new vision.
Formerly known as ARTSblock, UCR ARTS is comprised of two entities — the California Museum of Photography and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts — and strives to encourage community engagement and an appreciation of art and photography by providing visitors a diverse range of exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
“This name change is reflective of a renewed vision that embraces UCR ARTS’ relationship to the University of California, Riverside and a commitment to creating an inclusive and inviting place for the Riverside region and beyond,” said Sheila Bergman, executive director of UCR ARTS.
Housed in a pair of renovated department store buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, UCR ARTS’ history extends to the founding of the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery in 1963 and the California Museum of Photography in 1973. In 2010, the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts opened, offering a new home for the Sweeney Art Gallery and new community space for the Inland Empire.
Now, UCR ARTS has shifted focus from growing in size to growing in reach by enhancing its programming and cultivating a thriving arts community.
“From major thematic exhibitions, historical photography exhibitions, and artist projects, to new work by emerging artists and curators, and touring exhibitions, we strive to cover the range and diversity of photography and contemporary art.” Bergman said.
Following four months of renovation, the California Museum of Photography, or CMP, has reopened its doors, providing access to its collection of 750,000 objects. The CMP is dedicated to preserving a holistic history of photography, offering photographs and …

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