The Berkeley Art Center was brought into being when the Rotary Club gave the city of Berkeley $50,000 to be used for constructing an art gallery and garden in Live Oak Park. The 2,000 square foot structure was designed by Ratcliffe. 32 year-old Carl Worth was hired by the city to be the first Director of the Berkeley Art Center because of his assertion that, " ......... ". Meanwhile, Peter Selz had become Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and by partly due to his encouragement Funk Art in the Bay Area began to thrive.