Studio was established in 2020 through the generosity of
longtime UC Davis arts education benefactors Jan Shrem and Maria
Manetti Shrem. The California Studio builds on the Department of
Art and Art History’s legacy as home to a top-ranked
art studio program that, since its founding in 1958, has trained
individuals that inspire communities and culture. The California
Studio presents contemporary forms of practice and approaches to
education that expand upon this history.
The California Studio welcomes a group of visiting artists
annually to the Department of Art and Art History. Visiting
artists come to UC Davis in one of two types of
Spotlight artist residencies. The
California Studio supports three to four spotlight
artists each academic year. Spotlight artists are in residence
for seven to 10 days and receive a generous honorarium,
accommodations while at UC Davis and a travel stipend.
While at UC Davis, each artist participates in and contributes
to the life of the Art Studio program through departmental and
public programming. Spotlight artist residencies are by
invitation only, and residency programming is created in
conversation between visiting artists and departmental faculty.
Teaching artist residencies. The
California Studio hosts two teaching artists in the Department
of Art and Art History. Teaching artists design an advanced
undergraduate studio course and a graduate-level seminar for
the department’s graduate students. Each artist is in residence
for one academic quarter, or ten weeks, and receives a salary,
benefits, a travel stipend, a materials stipend and studio
space. Teaching artists are active members of UC Davis’
artistic and scholarly communities. As such, they are
encouraged, and provided with the administrative support, to
collaborate with the UC Davis community and to take advantage
of Northern California’s immense resources.
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Jennifer Packer is a painter known for her portraits, still
lifes, and interior scenes. Packer has been recognized by the
American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the Nancy B.
Negley Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2020–21.
Beatriz Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different
temporalities, and different versions of modernity, particularly
in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the
experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible
Ettun is a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She uses sculpture, video and performance to explore shared human
experience, most recently focusing on empathy and compassion
The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies at UC
Davis presents contemporary forms of practice and approaches to
studio art education. The program brings a group of visiting
artists to the Department of Art and Art History every year.