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UCR Names Culver Center Director

UC Riverside Names Faculty Director of Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts

Patricia Morton Will Help Create a New Arts Center in Downtown Riverside

(July 30, 2004)

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Patricia Morton

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside Art Historian Patricia Morton has been named Faculty Director of the Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts, an interactive arts center that will take over the historic Rouse building, strategically located between Riverside City Hall and the UCR/California Museum of Photography.

The Culver Center will support a variety of cultural events open to the public as well as classes for UCR students.

“This is a new position for a bold initiative,” said Joel Martin, interim dean of the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, who is also playing a leading role in shaping the vision for the Culver Center.

“Patricia Morton will lead the faculty planning process to ensure that we realize all of the extraordinary potential of the Culver Center,” Martin said. “She is the perfect person for this new position because she has deep knowledge of art and professional experience as an architect and can help us make best use of the space to benefit the arts and the city. Her credentials speak for themselves."

Professor Morton is an architect and historian, as well as Chair of the Art History Department. She received her B.A. in Architecture from Yale University, M.A. in Architecture from Columbia University, and a Ph.D in Architectural history from Princeton University. She has been published in journals such as Art Bulletin and the Journal of Architectural Education. Professor Morton is an architect and has served as the Director of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and as a member of the Journal of Architectural Education Editorial Board.

The Culver center will cost approximately $16 million, funded with a combination of state money, local support and private resources, including a $5 million gift from Anthony Culver, who asked that the center be named for his parents.

Plans for the project includes a performance space, an atrium, a film/video viewing room, a media computer studio, dance studios, art studios and seismically safe storage space for some of the most vulnerable collections of glass-plate negatives held by the UCR/CMP. The emphasis of the Center will be on digital arts and innovative uses for technology, and will enhance the presence of UCR in downtown Riverside, as well as increase the visibility of the arts in the community with art openings, dance recitals, film screenings, poetry readings, theatre productions, digital music productions for students of UC Riverside and the public at large.

The program in digital arts is a particularly noteworthy aspect of the Center’s program, and has the potential to provide hands on workshops that will prepare students of all ages for careers and creativity in new media. The Culver Center will also be a resource for a proposed downtown “School for the Arts,” a targeted arts program for the Inland Empire’s most gifted arts students that includes two years of high school, two years of Riverside Community College, and two years at UC Riverside.

“The Culver Center promises to be an important resource for both UCR's arts programs and the whole Riverside community,” Morton said. “I look forward to the work of creating a cutting edge center for the arts that will make UCR and Riverside proud."

For more information on the Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts, please visit

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