Gilbert Menke passed away in a tragic work accident in July, 2016 in New Hampshire. As a way to honor and remember our beloved family member, friend, colleague, and student we would like to dedicate a bench on the UC Davis campus in his memory.
Robin Hill and Glenda Drew will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Art + California: Proximity, Place, and the Public Research University” at the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Conference November 1-4, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston.
“3x” is an ongoing series of micro-performances and presentations every Wednesday night at the Wolfman New Life Quarterly Bookstore (644 40th Street). Two or three artists will perform or present three roughly five minute sets at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30. In “3x,” Zach Clark (MFA 2016) and Angela Willetts (MFA 2016) will perform their sets, along with Juan Matos. 3x offers an experimental, serial space for audience and performer to break up the predictable dynamics of an evening of performance.
Over the course of the last year, Zach Clark (MFA 2016) has been in conversation with a handful of artists, writers, and curators in the Bay Area regarding how the current political and cultural climate effects our practice as creatives. As a result of these conversations, Shirin Makaremi has curated a show around this theme called “Reflections.” In addition to Clark, artists Anh Bui, Anna Rotty, Azucena Hernandez, Leigh Ann Coleman, Wesaam Al-Badry are participating.
Vincent Pacheco (MFA, art, ’17) has a solo exhibition at Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland Oct. 6 – Nov. 4. For the exhibition “Totem – noun | to·tem | \ˈtō-təm\ A Natural Installation” he has created narratives from dead and broken trees, tree stumps and other found objects from the Sierra mountain forest he inhabits to reveal the after-effects of logging, population growth, tourism and climate change.
Shiva Ahmadi, associate professor of art, is included in the exhibition “Sanctuary” Oct. 7 – March 11 at Fort Mason Chapel in San Francisco. For the exhibition, the FOR-SITE Foundation invited 36 artists from 21 countries to design contemporary rugs reflecting on sanctuary, offering visitors a multiplicity of perspectives on the basic human need for refuge, protection, and sacred ground.
September 30-November 8, 2017
Reception October 13, 2017 from 6-9 pm
Terry Peterson (MFA 2012) is a sculptor who thrives on repurposing objects to create living, breathing installations. Much of his current series originated with a mummified fish, leading the artist to explore ways in which objects from nature mutate in surprising ways. His large-scale sculptural works rotate, breathe, and make noise, and a re further activated by video projection.
“Over the years, Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo (1958) has left many artists obsessed, from Chris Marker, who dedicated an entire segment of his Sans Soleil (1983) to the thriller, to Douglas Gordon, whose video Feature Film (1999) reuses Bernard Herrmann’s score.
The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program supports community-based arts projects, cultural opportunities, and education initiatives that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts. The program is the clearinghouse for all creative activity in the City of Davis government, and serves the entire Davis community. We develop community partnerships, explore best practices, manage the public art collection, and support Civic Arts Commission activity and initiatives.
Contraption: Rediscovering California Jewish Artists is a group show that presents the work of sixteen California-identified artists of Jewish descent—both historical and living—whose work refers to the machine either literally or metaphorically. Some of the artists are rarely seen now. Among the living artists, there will be large-scale mechanical installations by Bernie Lubell and Sheri Simons, as well as ceramics, drawings, sculpture and paintings by Ned Kahn, Bella Feldman, Howard Fried, and Annabeth Rosen.
The Dorothy Saxe Invitational is the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s longest-running commitment; endowed in Dorothy’s name by her late husband George Saxe, the Invitational asks artists to make work that relates to selected Jewish ritual objects. For 2017, the eleventh iteration of the series, we have for only the second time commissioned works inspired by a Jewish idea, that of the Sabbath.
Young Suh and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor (MFA 2005) are two of sixteen contemporary artists commissioned to produce work for the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibition ”Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid.”
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity.
Hearne Pardee and Gina Werfel, professors of art, have given a distinctive look to the UC Davis Alumni Wine Program. In celebration of reaching 250,000 living alumni, the program collaborated with Ceja Vineyards, Heringer Estate Vineyards and the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis on a special collection for alumni. The wine bottles feature art by Pardee and Werfel.
Mary Alison Lucas (MFA 2008) explores the processes of contortion, pressure, slicing, smashing, stabbing, and stitching while nurturing, supporting, and coating the materials in the exhibition “Wild Ways.” These sculptures emerge from her fascination with synergy, symbiosis, parasitic attraction, repulsion, defined relationships in the natural world from everyday human interactions to bacterial dynamics.
“Wild Ways” open through October 7th and featuring Mike Helke and Bean Finneran in addition to Lucas.
Congratulations to Jodi Connelly for receiving the UC Davis’ Drake Award!
This is a nine-month fellowship open to continuing students studying Art Studio, Environmental Design, Human Nutrition, and Aeronautical Engineering. Jodi is one of two recipients of this annual award.
“Conventional wisdom holds that the bonanza of New York summer shows is little more than a sleepy pause before the fall season kicks into gear. But it’s also a terrific time to scout group exhibitions for the lesser-known talent on the cusp of wider recognition—artists who will, with any justice, soon be given their own solo-show spotlight in the city.” According to Artsy, this includes Mathew Zefeldt (MFA 2011).
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston will showcase the first major survey of Annabeth Rosen’s work. In “Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped” more than two decades of her practice will be exhibited. The exhibition will feature the arc of Rosen’s ceramic sculptures as well as drawings that mirror the trajectory of these works.
May Wilson (MFA, art, ’13) has won the 2017 San Francisco Artist Award from The San Francisco Art Dealers Association (SFADA). As winner, she will have a solo exhibition at the Themes + Projects gallery, Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., September 9 – 30.
In “East/West” at the Prince Street Gallery, Gina Werfel’s paintings combine multiple independent “voices” or sources. Fragments float in fluid, veiled spaces, broken by gestural brush marks that respond to memories, or to glimpses from her studio.
Lucy Puls will be a part of the Marking Space exhibition. The exhibition will feature seven artists who move off the historical pedestal to establish measured distance,to examine the nature of material, and to expose structure. It will be held at the Richmond Art Center with a reception on Saturday, March 18, 5 – 7 pm.
Artists’ Panel: Saturday, April 1, 2 pm
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Laurie Fendrich is an artist who was the Chancellor’s Colloquium speaker at Vanderhoef theatre. She, with, her husband, Peter Plagens (WSJ art critic and painter) offered a drawing workshop to nominated undergrad majors and showed them how Seurat worked.
Gina Werfel, Art Professor, is exhibiting her paintings called “Geographies” in the Elizabeth Moss Galleries. Inspired by her stay in Singapore in 2015 while teaching at Yale-NUS College, Werfel’s paintings now incorporate motifs that are stenciled or collaged and interrupted by her gestural brush marks. While a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome last spring, Werfel renewed her interest in ceiling paintings and incorporates their spatial complexity in her works.
The UC Davis Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture series brings artists, writers and curators to campus. All presentations are free and take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.