The Design Museum exhibitions change each quarter. The museum, in the Department of Design at UC Davis, also highlights undergraduate and graduate student work during spring quarter of each year. Photographs and exhibition statements about earlier shows are available by clicking on the years to the left.
“Weaving and Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership” celebrates the long and distinguished careers of UC Davis design professor emeritus Helge Olsen and his wife Birgitta Olsen. The exhibition combines Helge’s wood furniture design with Birgitta’s woven wall tapestries, which reflect their Scandinavian upbringing, training and design aesthetic.
Art and design intersect with the natural sciences at “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway,” a multi-disciplinary art and design installation that celebrates the biology, beauty, and bounty of the Pacific Flyway. The exhibition at the UC Davis Design Museum runs through Nov. 12.
The Pacific Flyway is viewed through a range of lenses: wildlife habitat, agricultural heartland, recreational commons, conservation story, and inspirational phenomena for artists, writers and everyone in California and beyond.
The hot weather has its benefits. It’s good for ink not freezing in pens and watercolors drying quickly – which is ideal for participants of “Let’s Draw Davis,” the unique sketchcrawl series that explores the city.
On Saturday July 15th, a sketchcrawl will explore the hidden courtyards and alleys of downtown Davis (more shade!), starting at Orange Court (off of E Street, between 1st and 2nd), and finishing at the little courtyard behind the Pence Gallery (D Street).
Presenting the work of undergraduate seniors, “Moving Out, Design by Design Undergraduate Senior Showcase” is an annual juried exhibition that celebrates the breadth, talent, creativity and multidisciplinary coursework from the Department of Design.
Pete Scully, urban sketcher, views the world through his sketch books which are the subject of the Design Museum’s exhibition, “Conversations with the City.” Here are some select photos highlighting the exhibition.
Art by Pete Scully, all photos by Barbara Molloy, copyright UC Davis
Pete Scully has lived in Davis since late 2005, working at the Statistics Department of UC Davis since 2006 as graduate coordinator. Pete is an avid urban sketcher who draws the everyday world around him – streets, people, fire hydrants, all urban details – in ink line and watercolor wash, using his sketchbook to have a conversation with his environment. He draws to remember, in case he forgets.
Under the mentorship of the UC Davis Design faculty, Master of Fine Arts students explore the broader topic of “Design” through specific design disciplines, drawing on collaborations with the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. This exhibition showcases Talien Ghane, Yiting Hao and Patrice Soehnlein’s final research and creative projects.
Design-by-Design is the annual juried student competition highlighting the breadth, talent, and diversity of the Department of Design, as shown through the outstanding course work produced over the past year.
Celebrating the bold concepts and creativity of UC Davis Department of Design students, the Design-by-Design exhibition is an annual juried undergraduate student competition, featuring graphic and textile designs, interior design, exhibition, model, form, fashion design and screen-based digital design projects such as websites and movies.
Working with renowned design faculty, Master of Fine Arts students explore the broader topic of “Design” through specific design disciplines, drawing oncollaborations with the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. This exhibition showcases the candidates’ final research and creative projects.
The MFA Design 2016 Exhibition features work created by Talien Ghane, Yiting Hao and Patrice Soehnlein.