UCR ARTSblock
University of California, Riverside, has recently brought together its three premier art institutions to create a new cultural complex: UCR ARTSblock. ARTSblock is composed of the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. Located on a single block in adjacent historical buildings in downtown Riverside, easily accessible to the public as well as the campus, ARTSblock's mission is to provide a cultural presence, educational resource, community center and intellectual meeting ground for the university and the community.

ARTSblock's programs investigate the art of our time, media arts, and the history and practice of photography through exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, artist residencies, permanent collections, and creative laboratories. ARTSblock presents significant national and international art and photography, and showcases UCR student artwork and regional artists.

ARTSblock's activities embody University of California, Riverside's commitment to broadly-based public education and cutting-edge research. ARTSblock offers innovative programs that engage diverse audiences, nourish the imagination and challenge assumptions.
Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
Hiromi Takizawa's ULTRAVIOLET Illuminations
Hiromi Takizawa's "ULTRAVIOLET: Light Installation" explores the role of light in architectural and environmental spaces.
Job Piston: Fossilizing the Ephemeral
Job Piston: Fossilizing the Ephemeral
Artist and photographer Job Piston talks about his unique chemical portraiture process and print installation, currently on view at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside.
Joe Biel: Drawing Vast Negative Spaces
Joe Biel: Drawing Vast Negative Spaces
L.A.-based artist Joe Biel will create a 45-foot mural, "Sentry," at the Culver Center of the Arts as part of his first solo exhibition in Southern California in several years.
Stillman's Plays Explore the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination
Stillman's Plays Explore the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, UCR ARTSblock presents a staged reading of two one-act plays by Deanne Stillman.
A Cinematic Gem in the Inland Empire
A Cinematic Gem in the Inland Empire
A unique venue for experimental, independent, and foreign films; Culver Center of the Arts' screening room is a cinematic oasis within the Inland Empire.
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