Whitney Vangrin is an artist working across mediums with an
emphasis in performance and video. Equal parts physical and
psychological, her performances question perceptions of
authenticity, creating works that hinge upon reality and
simulation while making allusions to film, ritual, and folk
Zeina Baltagi (MFA 2020) will join Caz Azevedo (MFA 2020) in
conversation on November 14 at 6 pm as part of the opening
reception of her work at Azevedo’s Gallery. Baltagi’s
show will run from November 14, 2020 to January 7, 2021 as a
revolving exhibition. She will discuss her current artist lecture
series at 11:11 A Creative
Collective where she has a residency.
Telematic Media Arts
has produced “The Archive to Come,” an exhibition (online and in
the gallery) of short time-based works that address questions of
loss, memorialization, crisis, and re-invention, through the lens
of contemporary networked culture and digital media. Professor
Darrin Martin, along with curators Clark Buckner and Carla Gannis
and numerous other artists, address fundamental questions
about what we value and want to preserve as we work to recover
from their ravages and build for the future.
Art Music Lit
Space’s new show “Dead Reckoning” will hold an Opening
Reception Thursday, October 22. “Dead Reckoning: brings together
artists from different countries, backgrounds and ways of
creating. From New Media to traditional mediums and an exciting
new Audio Work.
Protest paintings by professor emeritus Mike Henderson are
on display online at the Haines Gallery in San Francisco in
Henderson: The Early Years.” This show takes a
look at these early works, inspired by the atmosphere of protest
and possibility Henderson witnessed when he moved to San
Francisco to study at the SF Art Institute. The young artist set
to work producing a breakthrough series of large-scale,
figurative paintings—many of them overtly political.
Save the date for Julia Couzens (MFA 1990) upcoming show at
garo in Sacramento. A show featuring her new work will on
view October 7 to October 31. A reception will be held October 10
from 6-8 pm. Please call 916.665.8268 or 916.600.1073 to see the
show. When visiting us please be sure to wear a mask or face
covering for the duration of your stay.
Alum Muzi Li Rowe (MFA 2017) will be interviewed by Liv
Moe, Director of the Verge
Center for the Arts, on Sunday, September 13 at 5:15 pm.
as part of their ”Conversations with Artists”
series for Sac
Open Studies. The open studios, which have taken the form of
digital tours this year, run for two weeks and feature 120
Alum Manuel Fernando Rios’ (MFA 2011) solo show “The
Weight” is currently on view at Axis Gallery in
Sacramento. “The Weight” aims to visually explore the
feeling of carrying mental baggage. Through mixed media paintings
that often include silkscreen and image transfers, Rios weaves
intricate compositions full of colorful abstracted and figurative
forms capturing the complicated feelings of emotional weight.
Associate Professor Young Suh, Department of Art and Art History,
recently appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things
Considered” to comment on the smoke conditions and air
quality in the Bay Area.
Alum Rosemary Holliday Hall (BA 2013) is participating in
the group show
“Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on
Climate,” an exhibition that is the result of a yearlong
conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate
change impacts in the Chicago region. The exhibition can be
viewed in person at the Glass Curtain Gallery or as
a video documentation compiled by the Glass Curtain
Alum Daniel Alejandro Trejo’s (BA 2013) art has been included in
project “Looking Forward // Queer Futures” which displays artwork
by 10 queer artists on billboards in the LA area. Daniel’s
billboard is on Melrose and N. Mariposa and will be up for
Alum Hedwig Brouckaert (MFA 2005) is in several group
exhibitions in New York right now. “Re/Location,”
sponsored by AS | Projects and curated by Jill Conner, will be
available online until September 17, 2020. Re/Location features
new works that reflect on the cathartic essence of the current
moment and the process of change.
Alums Carmel Dor (BA 2015), Laura Rayburn
(MFA 2015) and Wesley Bell-Miller (MFA 2015) are all
participating in the “Axis 15th National Juried Exhibition” now
on display at the Axis Gallery in Sacramento.
The New Yorker celebrates the upcoming centennial
of artist Wayne Thiebaud, professor emertius, on the cover
of the August 17th edition of the magazine. The artist’s
painting, “Double Scoop,” is the cover illustration.
Thiebaud is also interviewed by Françoise Moulyin the
Art Music Lit Space’s
latest virtual exhibition “Methods of Negotiation” is now on
view. Co-curated by Tavarus Blackmon (MFA 2018) and Derek Kwan,
“Methods of Negotiation” asks how we negotiate in a world where
many of our usual methods of negotiation have been disrupted?
Alum Kyle Dunn (MFA ‘12) has been featured in the
magazine New American Paintings 145 (Pacific Coast).
New American Paintings publishes the most important
series of artist competitions throughout the country and
catalogs each in a special volume. This issue
(Volume 24, Issue 6, December/January 2020) looks at the Pacific
Coast Competition 2019, curated by Christine Y. Kim, Associate
Curator of Contemporary Art, LACoMA.
Rachel Dean (M.F.A, ‘19), Stephen Kaltenbach (B.A., ’66, M.A.,
‘67), Douglas Kleinsmith (B.A., ‘18) and Muzi Li Rowe
(M.F.A., ‘17) are currently featured in “Shelter in Studio,” an
online exhibition that is California Artists’ Response to
Alum Aida Lizalde (B.A. ‘18) has been profiled in
a recent article in Sacramento News and Review. The artist
discusses her work and how immigration status has influenced her
Lizalde’s future plans include participating in an artist
residency program in Mexico City called Casa Lü to work
on a project exploring the decolonization of indigenous cultures
and the new cultural identities people will make for themselves.
Professor Darrin Martin has collaborated with photographer Jamil
Hellu on four images on display in the exhibition
“The Many Faces of Bill Arning.” The show, on view now at the
Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York until August 28, honors the
curator Bill Arning on his 60th birthday. The exhibit
features over one hundred pieces of mailed in art by many of the
artists who Arning worked with during his illustrious career.
“The Many Faces of Bill Arning” is organized and curated by Scott
Professor Darrin Martin has recently published an article in the
journal Performance Matters. Martin’s article,
“Audio Description as a Generative Process in Art Practice,”
attempts to contextualize the practice of audio description in
Darrin’s work and in other historical and contemporary examples
of video art.
Alum Hong Zhang (MFA 2004) is participating in the group show
“Out of the Blue” at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. The opening
reception is Tuesday, September 8, 2020
This show, a collaboration with Milan based Alcantara
textile company, is curated by Dagmar Carnevale Lavezzoli and
Katie Hill. Six Chinese artists — Qin Feng, Qu Lei Lei, Sun Xun,
Mao Lizi, Wang Huangsheng as well as Hong – have been
invited to participate, with each artist presenting a new
body of work using Chinese ink with Alcantara material.
In their series on virtual MFA presentations across the country,
Hyperallergic recently highlighted some of the exceptional work
being produced in the art studio programs at UC Davis, CSU Chico
and CCA (California College of the Arts).
Alum Kevin Frances (BA 2010) is participating in the group show
“Documents” at the George Adams Gallery.
“Documents” features paintings, photographs and woodcuts by
Frances as well as artists Jack Beal, Manny Farber, Kija
Lucas and Tony May.
The exhibition will be available both online, in a digital format
and installed at the gallery for viewings by appointment through
July 16 to September 26, 2020.
“Objects of Affection” is her third solo presentation
at the gallery and showcases Valdez’s maximalist still life
paintings which offer a glimpse through the artist’s lens into
art history and the familiar.
In response to
recent events at SFMOMA, alum Lisa Rybovich Crallé (MFA 2011)
and her collaborative “Heavy Breathing”
artist-lecture series ended their residency at SFMOMA’s
#museumfromhome Community in Residence Program which was
scheduled to present “How
to Eat Blackberries” with artists Leila Weefur and Elana
Gross on June 4.
JAYJAY in Sacramento
will present a virtual exhibition of works by the first-year
MFAs entitled ”ENDNOTES.” The show, which will begin
May 27, will unfold with a series of instagram posts
that will take place every other day featuring Havilah Aos,
Valerie Arcara, Jesse Aylsworth, Dino
Capaldi, Genevra Daley, Mercy Hawkins, Gretchen
Lemaistre, and Dani Torvik.
Alum Zach Clark (MFA 2016) will be on the
Kala Art Institute’s Artist Publications Panel Discussion
this May 30 at 2 pm for Art Kala 2020. Clark and Amy Burek (both
Studio) will have a conversation with the artists of the
collaborative Riso Studio to discuss their Art Kala 2020
special publications, Risograph and will share their
experiences with the process.
Professor Lucy Puls is participating in the “Hotheads” Tribute
Wall at the Catharine Clark
Gallery in San Francisco. Currently online until
September 5, 2020, the Catharine Clark Gallery hopes to open the
exhibition and gallery to viewers in June.
Professor Lucy Puls and alum — and former Puls’ student
– Sandra Ono (BA 2003) are featured in an article
about women artists in Northern California in the online
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The Chain Reaction series was launched in 1986 to celebrate Bay
Area artists. Chain Reaction mimics a chain letter where every
Monday for the eight weeks a new chain is initiated. Each
participant is selected by the featured artist the day
before—artists choosing artists choosing artists.
Alum Joyce Nojima (MFA 2014) is participating in the
exhibit Wander Woman 2.
Curated by Rea Lynn de Guzman, this exhibition explores complex
identity politics such as diaspora, femininity, liminality, and
power dynamics. Artists present work in a diverse range
of artistic media stemming from photo-based conceptual work and
material explorations such as performance, photography, print
media, sculpture, video.
Muzi Li Rowe and Vincent Pacheco, who received their M.F.A.
degree from UC Davis in 2017, have been awarded Ali
Youssefi Project residencies in Sacramento. Pacheco (M.F.A.,
art,’17, B.S., design, ’03) received the WAL residency which will
provide an apartment and studio space for three months.
Professors Gina Werfel and Hearne Pardee are featured in a recent
article looking at how art studio faculty and students are coping
with online art instruction. In “Remote:
Teaching art online” in Two Coats of
Paint, author Peter Plagens explores how faculty and
students are “venturing into the breach” of this new classroom
Professor Gina Werfel is participating in the group show
“Pendulum in Time” at LichtundFire in New York. The gallery,
which was closed, has re-opened and will be on view until
July 11. Art511 Magazine posted an article on the show. You
can read it
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Annabeth Rose, Robert Arneson Endowed Chair in the Department of
Art and Art History, has been named one of five 2020 American
Craft Council Fellows. The council calls her “one of the
preeminent ceramic sculptors in the 21st century.”
Alum Elaine K. Ng’s (BA 1999) solo show “OVER/UNDER” at
Interloc in Rockland, Maine opened Saturday, January 18.
“OVER/UNDER” showcases Ng’s recent work developed from her
exploration of materials, patterns, and their relationship to
place. Mined from research done in Taiwan during 2017-18, these
works combine, abstract, and transform commonplace things,
reimagining them in different contexts to offer alternate
interpretations of our material surroundings.
MFA Candidate Caz Azevedo (MFA 2020) is participating in the
upcoming group show “Biomythography: Making Visible.”
Curated by alum Jessica Wimbley (MFA 2005) and Chris
Christion, “Biomythography” will be on display from
February 10- March 13, 2020 at the Cerritos College Art
Alum Terry Berlier (MFA 2003) will have a solo exhibition at the
Stanford Art Gallery, starting January 22 and running to March
15, 2020. The exhibition titled ”I Am What I Am Not Yet”
references author/philosopher Maxine Green and speaks “to
our enduring, even grasping, pursuit of a sense of
Professor Lucy Puls will have a solo show at the Foyer-LA
gallery opening Saturday January 18. ”To_Fall”Freely”
will be on display until February 21. An opening reception will
be held January 18 from 5 to 7 pm.
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Congratulations to Alum Rosemary Holliday Hall (BA 2013) who will
present her solo exhibition “Encyclia Imagosis” at Paris London
Hong Kong. ”Encyclia Imagosis” will
run from January 10 – February 22, 2020 in Chicago.
Alum Hedwig Brouckaert (MFA 2005) is participating in a group
show called “Luxe, Calme, et Volupte” at The Yard. The show,
which began December 12 and will run to March 2020, will have an
opening reception January 28 from 6-8 pm
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The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and University Art Collection at
Wayne State University is presenting a solo exhibition of the
works of Professor Shiva Ahmadi. The exhibition — “Labyrinths”
— will run from January 16 to March 20, 2020.
Alum Zach Clark (MFA 2016), Rachel Deane (MFA 2019)
and Angela Willetts (MFA 2016) are participating in the
“On the Tip of My Tongue” at Carnation Contemporary in
Portland Oregon. The show is co-curated by another alum, Kristin
Hough (MFA 2016).
Art Studio alumni have come together for the exhibition,
“The Resistant Gesture,” now at the Axis Gallery in
Sacramento through Dec. 22. The show was curated by Tavarus
Blackmon (MFA, ‘18) and includes work by Jodi Connelly (MFA ’18)
and Rachel Deane (MFA ‘19).
Alum Gerald Walburg (MA, 1967) has an extensive solo exhibition
of metal and ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings at
Artspace 1616 in Sacramento. Walburg, who lives in Sacramento,
has created large scale public artworks including “Indo Arch” in
downtown Sacramento and has works in the collections of the
Museum of Modern Art, New York, SFMOMA, the Crocker Art Museum.
Resistant Gesture,” coming soon to the Axis Gallery,
highlights the work of several alum. Curated by Tavarus Blackmon
(MFA 2018), this exhibition features the work of Jodi Connelly
(MFA 2018) and Rachel Deane (MFA 2019),
alongside artists Sydney Acosta, Caiti Chan, Elizabeth
Joy Cord, Hea-Mi Kim, Amy Nathan and Holly Smith.
Alum Shawn Sullivan (BA, 1991) has been the Sheldon High
School animation teacher since 1998. He has also been a
mentor to his Elk Grove students, helping many launch into
successful careers in the arts, media and the entertainment
industry, including performance artist David Garibaldi.
Today the mentor and the former student are collaborators on a
nonprofit called Creator X
which links student artists with practicing professionals.
Alum Julia Elsas (MFA 2009) will perform as Sonic Mud along Kenny
Wollesen, Kirk Knuffke, and Mike Irwin. Julia’s ceramic musical
instruments, which are sculptural as well as functional, will
played live on Sunday, October 27 from 5-7 pm at Relationship.
920 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Alum Mathew Zefeldt (MFA 2011) is participating in the show
“Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art” at the Akron Art
Museum in Akron, Ohio. “Open World” will be on display at
Akron until February 2, 2020. This exhibitoin will eventually
make its way to the San Jose Museum of Art where it will be in
view from September 10, 2020 to January 10, 2021.
Alum Noah Greene (MFA 2018) is showing in the two-person exhibit
“Never Feels Like a Future” at Tropical
Contemporary in Eugene, Oregon. This site-specific
installation will be on display Saturday October 19 and
October 26 from 1-4 pm. An opening reception will be held on
October 18 from 6-9 pm.
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Congratulations to alum Julia Couzens (MFA 1990) who participated
in the 2019 Cheongju Contemporary Craft Biennale in Cheongju,
South Korea. She also addressed the 3rd Academic
Symposium of the Biennale on “Dreaming the Crafts of the Future!”
Alum Danielle Bronson (BA Art History and Art Studio,
2019) will be giving a lecture at the Living Computer Museum and
Labs in Seattle on net.art.
Her talk will take place Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 3-4 pm.
Bronson is currently based in the Bay Area and is a contributing
author to Sartle.com
Professor Hearne Pardee’ will have a solo show at the Bowery
Gallery in New York entitled “N/S/E/W: Painting|Drawing|Collage.”
The show will run from October 1 to October 26, 2019. An opening
reception will be held October 3 from 5-8 pm.
Alum Zach Clark’s (MFA 2016) National Monument Press has
just released a new artist book, Kelley
O’Leary’s Collective Geographies based on an Irving
Street Project community mapping 2017-2018 event in San
Francisco. The official release will take place at Black Bird
Bookstore in San Francisco Saturday, September 28 from 7-9 pm.
Alum Lisa Rybovich Crallé (MFA 2011) is rolling out her next
event for the 2019-2020 season. This weekend kicks off a
7-month series of artist-led workshops organized by Crallé .
“Surrounding Desire” is a two-part workshop led by
Chicago-based artist/scholar Anna Martine Whitehead in
collaboration with Bay Area artist Sofía Córdova.
In 1965, art Professor William Wiley purchased an odd object in a
thrift store and brought it to campus. The Slant Step is a green
linoleum-covered plywood stool with a slanted – and seemingly
nonfunctional – step that has inspired artists for decades at UC
Davis and beyond.
San Jose Institute of
Contemporary Art’s 39th annual Connect &
Collect Art Auction and Exhibition is opening in October and
Alum Jamie Banes (MFA 2007) will be participating. Jamie has
contributed The Revisionists to this fundraiser which
opens for viewing on Sunday, October 6, 1pm – 4pm.
The Bid Party-Sunday takes place on October 6
from 11am-1pm and the
Alum Jamie Banes (MFA 2007) is participating in the exhibition
at Root Division in San
Francisco. This annual juried exhibition will include four
of Jamie’s wall sculptures, including two new pieces. Jamie and
eleven of the Bay Area’s most promising emerging artists are
featured in this show which is running from September 11-28,
2nd Saturday Reception: September 14, 2019, 7-10 pm
Works by Professors of Art Hearne Pardee and Gina Werfel will be
featured in “Coast to Coast,” an exhibition opening at the Paul
Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco on Sept. 26. The show
highlights works by New York Studio
School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, West Coast Alumni
Three of the five artists in the exhibition “Empathy” at the
Cosumnes River College art gallery are UC Davis art alumni.
Arthur Gonzalez (MFA 1981), Julia Couzens (MFA 1990) and Tavarus
Blackmon (MFA 2017) are part of the exhibition on display
September 13 through November 21. An opening reception
will take place September 13 from 5:30 to 8:30
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Mike Henderson, art professor emeritus, has two major exhibitions
in San Francisco this fall. Henderson taught at UC Davis for
30 years before retiring in 2012. Along with being a painter, he
is also a musician and filmmaker.
Alum Hedwig Brouckaert (MFA 2005) has a new solo exhibition
coming soon. ”Joyrides” will be on display at the Dhaese
Gallery in Ghent from September 1 to October 13, 2019.
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If you can’t get to Ghent, Hedwig will also be showing at the
Consul-General of Belgium Residence in New York City. This
September, Hedwig, along with 8 other Belgian artists, will be
displaying their work in “Art at the Residence” at the Residence
of the Consul-General of Belgium in NYC, 5th Avenue, 10th Floor
Professor Shiva Ahmadi is one of 16 contemporary Iranian artists
participating in the exhibition “A Bridge Between You and
Everything: an Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists” at the
High Line Nine galleries in Chelsea. This show will be on display
until November 2019.
Faith Sponsler, MFA
2017, is the first recipient of the Keister & Allen Art Purchase
Prize. The award is a purchase of a student’s artwork for the
collection of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of
The award was announced at the opening of the “from this
point forward” graduate student exhibition June 1.
Without Boundaries,” opening July 14 at the Jan Shrem and Maria
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, explores the many ways
artists can approach the landscape. Drawn entirely from the
museum collection, the exhibition includes art by emeriti faculty
members Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Mike Henderson, Roland
Petersen, Cornelia Schulz, Wayne Thiebaud and William Wiley, and
alumni Deborah Butterfield and Maija Peeples-Bright.