UCR Alum Designs Gallery Sign

By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing


Jane Wong and her sign design of the Sweeney Art Gallery.
UCR Alumna Jane Wong is currently receiving much attention for her work on the design of the Sweeney Gallery Sign. The sign, which was dedicated to the memory of arts patron Tony Culver in a ceremony on May 11th, adorns the lawn in front of the Watkins house on Canyon Crest Drive, where the Sweeney Gallery is located.

Wong was commissioned to design the work by a sign committee composed of former Sweeney Gallery director Katherine Warren, current director and curator Karen Rapp, and Assistant Vice Chancellor Mike Miller, as well as others. The committee provided insight into the design process and ultimately decided upon the current design.

It was then finalized using computer applications and the plans were given to a team of volunteers from UCR’s Physical Plant. The team of over twenty, including Assistant Vice Chancellor Mike Miller, installed the piece over the course of a month. The project was funded through donations from businesses and patrons from the greater Riverside area.

The sign was designed for the purpose of drawing attention to the Gallery from passersby. One benefit Wong’s piece has over the previous sign, is not only that it is aesthetically pleasing, but it is also illuminated and visible at night.

The work encompasses a blend of ideas Wong received from UCR faculty members as well as from other artist’s renderings. It has a very unique and ornate design, and possesses very open and free features that some have described as a “lattice quality.” The sign combines artistic quality and imagination, representative of what one finds inside the Sweeney Gallery, with practicality and visibility for the Gallery and the Watkins house. The piece is not merely a sign, but is itself a work of art.

Jane Wong is a 2002 graduate of UCR with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. She completed the design for the sign in the hope that it will aid with the visibility of arts in the area. Wong sees her work as an “opportunity to give back to the school what they’ve given to me over the years.” She is currently working as a freelance artist on various projects and may attend graduate school for her Master’s of Fine Art degree in the near future..

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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