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CHASS Recognizes Philanthropist Judy Field Baker


By Robert Bastone, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

The College is honoring UCR Alumna and philanthropist Judy Field Baker who recently retired after three years of service on the Sweeney Art Gallery Board. Baker was a member of the first graduating class of UCR in 1958, receiving her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Art, and has since continuously given back to the University through her time and donations.

Baker has been involved in many campus groups, organizations, and advisory boards, especially within the Arts. Over the course of past 15 years, she has served on the California Museum of Photography Support Committee, the Alumni Association Board, as Chair and member of both the Citizens University Committee and the Sweeney Art Gallery Advisory Board, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the School of Education, and on the UCR Foundation Board of Trustees.

In addition to being a passionate volunteer and UCR philanthropist, Baker is also an accomplished and frequently commissioned artist in the area, completing several drawings, prints, and illustrated books. She also has completed several pen and ink drawings of sites around the city as well as other historic buildings and homes from around southern California, which she began in the 1960s. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts in Cherry Valley and at the Riverside Art Museum.

Baker has made UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery the repository of all of her artwork, transferring many of her original pieces to the Gallery. It is estimated that her gift of original artwork is valued at $100,000.

For more information on the Sweeney Art Gallery, please visit its respective web-site. http://sweeney.ucr.edu/

The Sweeney Art Gallery presents a wide range of aesthetic experiences and artistic exploration, including painting, photography, installation and digital arts. The Gallery holds a dozen professional exhibits a year, with frequent participation by faculty, and an Annual Senior Art Theses Exhibition

Please click here for how to support Sweeney Art Gallery.


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