Sweeney Gallery Dedicates Sign

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing
Art Gallery
(from left) Jane Wong, sign designer (alumni, ’02), Karen Rapp, Director of Sweeney Art Gallery; Marilyn Sweeny, philanthropist; Frances Culver, philanthropist and widow of Mr. Tony Culver; Katherine Warren, retired Director of Sweeney Art Gallery.

On Tuesday, May 11th the Sweeney Art Gallery held a ceremony to dedicate the new sign that now adorns the Gallery’s front lawn off of Canyon Crest Drive. The event brought out notables such as CHASS Interim Dean Joel Martin and Mrs. Frances Culver, widow of the late Tony Culver.

The sign was commissioned to honor the memory of Tony Culver, philanthropist and well-known patron of the arts here in Riverside, whose generous donations to the city of Riverside, the University, and the community have increased the visibility of the arts in the city, and helped to revitalize the community in general.

Under construction for more than a year, the sign was installed over the course of a month by approximately twenty volunteers from UCR’s Physical Plant including Assistant Vice Chancellor Mike Miller. The materials for the work were paid for by donations from various individuals and businesses from throughout the Riverside area.

The design concept was created by Jane Wong, a UCR alumna, who was commissioned by the Gallery. Wong utilized input from faculty, Sweeney staff, and other artists to formulate her idea of how the sign should look. Her drawings were then made into computerized blueprints and given to the volunteers from Physical Plant who took up the year-long process of bringing the simple design to fruition. Wong received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UCR in 2002, and showcased her work at Sweeney during the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition.

According to Karen Rapp, director of the Sweeney Gallery, the sign complements the structural features of Watkins House and should help to attract greater attention to the Gallery. Aside from being an art object itself, another advantage this sign has over the previous sign, is the fact that Wong’s creation is illuminated and visible at night, which will greatly help to increase the presence of the Gallery to passersby.

If you would like more information about the Sweeney Art Gallery, , please stop by the Sweeney Gallery at the Watkins House on 3701 Canyon Crest Drive (near the intersection with University Avenue), or visit the Sweeney Website.




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