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Artist Donates Drawings to Sweeney Gallery


Artist Judy Field Baker Donates 23 Original Works to Sweeney Art Gallery

The Idyllwild artist, known for her pen-and-ink drawings of Inland Empire buildings, makes her alma mater the repository for her life's work.

(May 15, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Judy Field Baker, an Idyllwild artist and UC Riverside alum known for her pen-and-ink drawings of Inland Empire buildings, has donated 23 original works to UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery.

The donation, valued at $26,000, brings to more than 200 the number of Field Baker’s original drawings and prints housed in the gallery’s permanent collection. The Sweeney Art Gallery is located at 3800 Main St. in the ARTSblock in downtown Riverside.

“It’s such a source of pride to have my collection have a permanent home. It’s every artist’s dream,” Field Baker said.

The Riverside native and San Bernardino High School graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from UC Riverside in 1958. She was part of the first class to attend the university for four full years.

“I enjoyed my years at UCR so much and benefited so much from instruction there,” Field Baker said.

She quickly developed a reputation in Riverside for her detailed drawings of historic and public architecture — including many buildings on the UCR campus — as well as pets. At age 70 she still accepts commissions, and numbers among her fans nonprofit agencies that sell her work as fund raisers.

“I don’t know what I would do with myself if I couldn’t draw,” Field Baker said. “I draw every day.”

The collection includes work spanning a period of 50 years, said Shane Shukis, assistant director.

“She’s been a huge supporter of the gallery,” he said.

Judy Field Baker has served on the boards of the Sweeney Art Gallery, the UCR Foundation and the Alumni Association, and on the California Museum of Photography Support Committee, the Citizens University Committee and the Advisory Committee for the School of Education.

CHASS Dean Stephen Cullenberg welcomed the donation of her drawings to the Sweeney Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

“Judy Field Baker’s work is well-known, and she continues to give back to the university through her time and donations,” Cullenberg said. “We are pleased to be the repository of her collection.”

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