Sweeny Director Named

Tyler Stallings has been hired as the new director of the UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery.

Stallings was chief curator at Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, Calif. from 1999 to 2006. Prior to that, he was the director of programs at Huntington Beach Art Center and has also worked for the city of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department at the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park and in the Public Art Division. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992 from the California Institute of the Arts.

In addition to leading the Sweeney Art Gallery, Stallings will play a significant role in the development of the new UCR ARTSblock.

His curatorial projects focus on contemporary art and popular culture, with a special emphasis on the exploration of identity, technology and urban culture. Most of his exhibitions have been accompanied by major catalogues.