UC Davis Assistant Professor of Design Beth Ferguson is a
designer and curator for the exhibition “Tools for a Warming
Planet,” a collection of speculative and scientific field
tools for environmental exploration of climate change. The
installation is currently on view at
Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, Spain, through Aug. 21. From
there it will be shown as part of Ars Electronia in Linz, Austria
Undergraduate student Amabel Gale, a double major in computer
science and design, was part of a team representing UC Davis at
this year’s Biodesign Challenge
Summit. The collaborative project “Sea Glass,” which
harnesses microalgae to filter agricultural wastewater and, at
the end of its use, the algae is converted into a bioplastic for
eyewear, was presented by the team.
The California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis has
received a new grant to establish “The Color Lab” in
collaboration with the Center for Mind and Brain. The project’s
goal is to explore the impact of discrete color spectra on
stress, mind, and alertness.
Graduate student Edward Whelan and students from his first-year
seminar Make an Exhibition: First-Generation College Students
have created a colorful installation in the UC Davis Arboretum.
The exhibition titled “Reflections & Connections” is on display
through June 20.
Professors Glenda Drew, design, and Jesse Drew, cinema and
digital media, and lecturers Alexa Bonomo and William Mead,
design, have created work that is featured in the installation
“memory.unshift( )” now at the Axis Gallery in Sacramento.
The Savageau Award in the Department of Design is presented to a
graduating Master of Fine Arts student in Design selected by the
Design faculty to encourage, recognize and celebrate creative and
original contributions to the discipline of design.
When First Lady Jill Biden stepped out in a brilliant blue
Markarian dress, coat, gloves and matching mask during the
January 2021 inauguration, Anneliese Koch (B.A., design, ’17)
knew her career would never be the same.
The Ola Lorens Memorial Travel Scholarship is offered in memory
of Design major Ola (Alexandra) Lorens (1991-2014) through the
generous gifts of Patrick and Ewa Lorens Kinney, Molly Kinney and
family, and Ann and Mike Savageau. This scholarship supports
Design undergraduate students with grants up to $1000 to assist
educational interests such as (but not limited to) attending
workshops or conferences, visiting archives or museums, and
traveling for research or internships.
The Christina Eichler Bullock Sustainable Design Award
Competition is now accepting applications. This award supports
Design graduate and undergraduate student research and creative
production in sustainable design. Awards can be used to fund
publication costs, conference registration, travel for workshops
and conferences, or materials for research and design.
A new site-specific exhibition in Sacramento is bringing together
over thirty artists to explore issues of urban space
and community. “Coordinates: Ice
Pac” is a series of temporary installations located
in the former Pacsat Headquarters on S Street
Under the supervision of Professor Tim McNeil and curator Dan
Nadel, graduate student Edward Whelan designed the floorplan,
environment and graphics for the exhibition “All
on the Line: William T. Wiley and the Slant Step” at the Jan
and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. This exhibition highlights
Wiley’s influence as an artist and educator, as seen through
recent contributions from world-famous artist Bruce Nauman.
Undergraduate student Eduardo Landicho recently participated in a
TEDxUCDAVIS talk on “What Defines Normal? Designing Accessible
Landicho, a 4th-year design major with a focus on
architecture at UC Davis, was born with Muscular Dystrophy and
has been wheelchair-bound since the early age of five. He wants
to create sustainable and equitable infrastructure to create much
more inclusive environments for those with disabilities.
While at UC Davis, Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design guest
lecturer Jacinda Walker held a workshop at Inderkum High School
in Sacramento. Walker, whose research focuses on diversity
and education within the discipline of design, met with
students to discuss design careers and to perform an
exercise on creating a
As mask mandates continue to grow across the nation, alumna Jenna
Nelson (Pyörälä) (MFA, design, ‘19) is among the innovative
designers with a mission to inspire people worldwide to wear
them. Her company Luova Flow (Luova is “creative” in
Finnish) has released a series of colorful masks with
ornamental prints and beautiful illustrations.
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