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A Photography Museum & Art Center with a National Impact

UCR ARTS is a museum and art center with national and international visibility and engagement through its acclaimed exhibitions, performances, collections, programs and research center. In 2019, over 60,000 people participated in a UCR ARTS exhibition or program nationally.

UCR ARTS is the West Coast’s premier university photography museum and contemporary art center. As an international hub, it generates ideas and provokes dialogue through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming. Under one roof, UCR ARTS brings together the California Museum of Photography (1973) and the Barbara & Art Culver Center of the Arts (2010) located downtown Riverside, California, 6o miles from Los Angeles.

Internationally Recognized Collections

The California Museum of Photography has more than 500,000 pieces in its collection, spanning the entire history of photography. The Culver Center has over 1,500 works of contemporary art. Researchers and visitors from around the world come to UCR ARTS to explore its collections.

National Touring Exhibitions

UCR ARTS tours major exhibitions to museums and galleries across North America and to California Community Colleges.

In 2019, UCR ARTS exhibition Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas was selected by artnet news as Editors’ Picks: Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week.

Regional Art House

The Culver houses a 72-seat state-of- the-art film and video screening room; the Coil Atrium Gallery for exhibitions, music, and performances under a magnificent 35-foot skylight, and f-stop pedestrian gallery. Culver's second floor contains an incubator for advanced research in the arts and a black-box theater.

The screening room exhibits more than 250 different films every year and is one of just a few venues in the region to screen independent, foreign, documentary, and experimental films.

K-12 Education

UCR ARTS offers students hands-on experiences in photography and contemporary art with visiting artists and educators, at UCR ARTS and in the classroom.

Family Programs

UCR ARTS educators and artists engage families through performing and visual arts programs and workshops designed to bring the family together through the arts.