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.