Sweeney Art Gallery Under New Leadership

By Christine Kitano, Student Intern of CHASS College Computing

Tyler StallingOn December 18, 2006, Tyler Stallings took over as the Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery. Former Chief Curator and Curator of Exhibitions of the Laguna Art Museum, Tyler has originated exhibits with a wide array of themes, from art and technology to identity politics and popular culture. Recent projects include "Pervasion:  The Art of Gary Baseman and Tim Biskup" (2006), "Paul Paiement: Hybrids 1.0-3.5" (2005), "Deborah Aschheim: Neural Architecture (a nervous building is a smart building)" (2004), "Whiteness, a Wayward Construction" (2003), and "Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing" (2002).

Prior to joining the Laguna Art Museum, Tyler served as Curator of Programs at the Huntington Beach Art Center and as Associate Curator for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. A highly sought curator, he has been invited to serve as guest curator at a number of galleries in southern California and on the East Coast.

Tyler Stallings earned his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1992 and has since been fully immersed in the art world. He has written prolifically on art; his articles have been published in Art Papers, Art.issues, Poliester, zingmagazine, and the LA Weekly, among others. He is also the co-editor of the anthology, Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture (Seattle Bay Press, 1994).

The Sweeney’s new location on the UCR ARTSBlock in downtown Riverside will require strong leadership to ensure the gallery has every opportunity to flourish and make itself at home in its new community. In addition to his work as artist and curator, Tyler brings with him a strong history of working with art in relation to the community, a factor that set him apart from other candidates. “His experience in engaging the local community will serve us well with the Sweeney Gallery’s new location in downtown Riverside,” said Stephen Cullenberg, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

A welcome reception for Tyler Stallings will be held Monday, January 29, 2007 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in HMNSS 1500. Please RSVP to Susan Beals at susan.beals@ucr.edu by January 25th.

For more information on the Sweeney Art Gallery, please visit http://sweeney.ucr.edu.

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