The Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture honors the Thiebauds’ long commitment to educating the eye and hand along with the mind. The endowment, started in 2015, will compliment the Art Studio Program’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series, a core component of the Art Studio MFA Program, increasing its ability to invite distinguished artists, critics and curators to the UC Davis campus.
Contemporary painter Aliza Nisenbaum was the presenter at the 2018 Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on March 9. The event saw Nisenbaum introduced by Dean Elizabeth Spiller, College of Letters and Science. Assistant professor of art Graham McDougal introduced Dean Spiller. Professor of art Gina Werfel oversaw the lecture on behalf of the Department of Art and Art History. Here are some photos from this year’s lecture.
Peter Schjeldahl has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s art critic. He came to the magazine from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1990 to 1998. Previously, he had written frequently for the New York Times’s Arts and Leisure section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.