Profile of the UCR ARTSblock in California

UCR ARTSblock CMP in Riverside California.
UCR ARTSblock CMP in Riverside California. Image courtesy the Museum.


The UCR ARTSblock (University of California) in Riverside, California is comprised of three institutions: the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Culver Center of the Arts, and was established in

The Museum has a permanent collection of photographs, archives, and contemporary artworks.


The UCR ARTSblock has established approximately 50 years ago as part of the University of California.

ARTSblock includes the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.

ARTSblock promotes programs that focus on contemporary art, media arts, and photography by holding "exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, artist residencies, permanent collections, and creative laboratories."

The California Museum of Photography houses theBingham Technology Collection and is home to a significant collection of photographs and its history.

The Sweeney Art Gallery is "an artistic laboratory engaging diverse audiences with programs committed to experimentation, innovation, and exploration of art in our time." The gallery hosts the annual art student thesis exhibition, in addition to producing publications, lectures, symposia, and collecting artworks.

The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is an "interactive art facility housed in the renovated Rose Building, a magnificent 1895 department store.

The ground-floor Atrium and screening room of the Culver Center of the Arts are available for conferences, meetings, film screenings, seminars, social gatherings, and other events."


According to the Museum's website:

"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."


The UCR ARTSblock is located in downtown Riverside, California.

Please refer to the museum's website for directions and further information.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The UCR ARTSblock has a permanent collection, so it requires the services of an art conservator from time to time, in order to preserve and restore artworks.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see interviews with conservators.

Framed Artworks in Collection:

The UCR ARTSblock's permanent collection includes work by artists such as Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange.

Internationally recognized artists such as Jesper Just have exhibited their artworks at UCR ARTSblock.

Margarita Cabrera exhibited her work titled "The Great Picture: The World's Largest Photograph." The photograph measures 32 x 111 feet and entered the Guinness World Records as a photo history landmark.

Noteworthy Facts:


"UCR ARTSblock reviews proposals from faculty and graduate students on an ongoing basis."

Submit your proposal with suggested dates to be considered. Please refer to their website for further details.

Employment Information:

The Museum does not post employment opportunities on its website.

How to Apply for a Job:

UCR ARTSblock does not post employment listings. Potential job applicants must apply through the UCR Job Portal only:

Museum's Contact Info:

    UCR ARTSblock, 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501. Tel: (951) 827-4787.

    UCR ARTSblock's website

    Museum Hours:

    • Monday closed
    • Tuesday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Thursday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Friday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday closed
    • Closed holidays