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.
The exhibition features traditional textiles from Africa, Asia
and South America collected by Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus
of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. These items
have inspired contemporary design works by UC Davis students that
are also showcased, highlighting the continuing relevance of
traditional cultures and how they drive design thinking in new
An exhibition that turns garments inside out to show their
structure, “Shape Up: Case Studies in Fashion Making” opens
the UC Davis Design Museum’s 2019-2020 season on Sept. 23.
Showcasing ethnic clothing from Africa, Asia and Central America
as well as western garments from the UC Davis Jo Ann C.
Stabb Design Collection, this exhibition reveals the hidden
structures, patterns and shaping methods that underlie fashion
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
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
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
The MFA Design 2016 Exhibition features work created by Talien
Ghane, Yiting Hao and Patrice Soehnlein.