UC Riverside Announces New ARTSblock Director: Sheila Bergman

Before her most recent post at UC Santa Cruz, Bergman was assistant dean and executive director for external affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Sheila Bergman, executive director of UCR ARTSblock

Sheila Bergman, who has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising, has been named the executive director of UCR’s ARTSblock. She will start on Feb. 6.

“Sheila brings an impressive record of accomplishment in leading arts programming and education at all levels with a vision for the future of ARTSblock,” said Milagros Pen͂a, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. “Most recently, Bergman directed the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, working in close partnership with the chancellor, university relations, faculty, staff and trustees to develop a culture of philanthropy and advocacy to support academic excellence. Her background, experience, and accomplishments provide transformational opportunities for ARTSblock.”

UCR ARTSblock opened to the public in 2010, bringing together the California Museum of Photography (founded in 1973), the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery (1963), and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts (2010).

Located three miles from UCR’s main campus, ARTSblock takes up two adjacent historical buildings along the pedestrian mall in the city’s downtown core.

“Leading ARTSblock at UCR is a great honor and privilege,” Bergman said. “I look forward to building upon a history of high-quality programming and working with the talented staff, faculty, and community collaborators to usher in a new era of artistic accomplishment and deep audience engagement. The energy and diversity of the Inland Empire are exciting, and ARTSblock is well positioned to become a dynamic center for arts innovation and research.”

Before her most recent post at UC Santa Cruz, Bergman was assistant dean and executive director for external affairs for the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, where she managed external affairs and development for the schools and public arts units.

Prior to UCLA she was the executive director for the Emeryville Center for the Arts in the Bay Area and P.S. Arts in Santa Monica, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the arts to public education, and before that, she spent nearly a decade as the director of artistic and educational programs and external affairs for Zeum (formerly YBG Studio for Technology & the Arts), the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco.

She also founded The Education Project in New York, a visual arts program for school age youth with a focus on underserved teenagers and media arts.

Bergman began her professional career as the associate director of the M. Harriet McCormick Center for the Arts at the Strand Theatre in Boston, followed by serving as the co-director at Anthology Film Archives in New York, which included two theaters, a film library and archives, where she co-produced on-going film series and festivals.

Bergman’s Ph.D. is in Human and Organizational Studies (H.O.S.) from Fielding Graduate University, where she focused her research on curatorial practices in contemporary art museums. She holds a master’s degree from Fielding in (H.O.S.) investigating arts leadership.

She earned a certificate (fellowship) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for non-profit leaders, arts, and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. Her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts/Theater Arts from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles.

The search committee was led by Milagros Pen͂a, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Members were: Susan Atherton, UCR Board of Trustees; Jennifer Doyle, professor in the Department of English; Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor for University Advancement; Rickerby Hinds, professor in the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production; Anthea Kraut, associate professor in the Department of Dance; Sarah Mundy, director of the City of Riverside’s Museum and Cultural Affairs; Tyler Stallings, interim executive director of ARTSblock; and Amir Zaki, professor, Department of Art.

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