UCR ARTSblock Awarded Grant by National Endowment for the Arts

“Red Carpet C” to be on exhibit at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

“Red Carpet C” is a collaboration between Yunhee Min and Peter Tolkin.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the University of California, Riverside ARTSblock $15,000 for the commissioned, site-specific installation “Red Carpet in C,” which will be installed in the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts’ two-story atrium in winter 2017.

The project is a collaboration between Yunhee Min, a painter and an associate professor in the UCR art department, and Peter Tolkin, a South Pasadena architect. “Red Carpet in C” will be a massive fabric installation functioning as both an object to be viewed and a space to be inhabited.

“For many years, I have explored abstraction with color as the primary material and language that invokes the exploration of perceptual experience and subjectivity. This project will be an opportunity for me to expand color as an embodied physical space through the iteration of scale of the piece where one will physically be in the space of color,” said Min.

Rendering of "Red Carpet C."

Rendering of “Red Carpet C.”

The proposed work begins with an invitation of engagement at the entry, where visitors may physically walk on the fabric. The red fabric is then suspended, and flows through the two-story atrium, extending itself into low-hanging curvatures, functioning as a small amphitheater for experimental music performances.

“Typically architecture plays a background role – a stage on which the performance is played out – rather than being understood as performative in itself,” said Tolkin. “‘Red Carpet in C’ is designed to question this background relationship to performance, to blur the traditional boundaries of space and performance.”

In its first round of funding for the year, the NEA has awarded more than $27.6 million in grants. Over the past 50 years, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so.

Previously, UCR ARTSblock’s Culver Center of the Arts received an NEA grant in 2010 for the “Lewis deSoto & Erin Neff: Tahquitz,” project. This was another large-scale installation in the Culver Center atrium that was on view in winter 2012.

“NEA grants are highly competitive,” said Milagros Peña, dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “Receiving a second NEA award within a short timeframe is a recognition on a national level, and goes to show that not only the long-established California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock, but the Culver Center of the Arts, and the Sweeney Art Gallery’s move off campus to downtown Riverside are all making major contributions to both important historical exhibitions and the field of contemporary art locally and nationwide.”

Jane Chu, the chairman of the NEA, visited UCR ARTSblock in February 2015. She said supporting projects like the “Red Carpet in C” allows for more opportunities for the public to engage in the arts every day.

“Red Carpet in C” will be a massive fabric installation functioning as both an object to be viewed and a space to be inhabited.

“Red Carpet in C” will be a massive fabric installation functioning as both an object to be viewed and a space to be inhabited.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” said Chu.

Tyler Stallings, the interim executive director of UCR ARTSblock and principal investigator for the NEA grant, said that Chu’s visit to the area is an indication of both the recognition in the leaps forward the region has taken in the arts, but also one in which she hopes to see more NEA support.

“It was a pleasure that Chu chose UCR’s Culver Center of the Arts as the location to meet the public, and her opening comments reflected a surpassingly intimate knowledge of the impact that UCR ARTSblock has made on the community, an indication of an awareness of our efforts on a national level,” explained Stallings.

UCR ARTSblock is located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside, Calif., and includes three venues: California Museum of Photography, Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, and the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery, which are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks. For film screenings, the Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time. www.artsblock.ucr.edu.

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