Arts

Explore Art and Enlightenment at Colloquium

February 13, 2019

The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will explore how art made during the Enlightenment doesn’t always fit neatly into commonly held ideas about the period. Titled “Art and the Enlightenment,” the colloquium on Feb. 22 will look at how 18th-century paintings are frequently at odds with Enlightenment ideals of reason, equality and beauty.

Scholarships Help Singer Pursue Dreams

February 12, 2019

Mira Huang has a busy, but well-planned, life. The music and psychology double major with an English minor is a vocalist, assistant music director of the Davis Chamber Choir, and peer advisor in the music department. She recently won the University Farm Circle’s Carol Le Coss Memorial Scholarship, presented to a student in the arts, the Charles R. Bishop Award scholarship and the Sacramento Saturday Club.

A fourth-year student, Huang plans to pursue a master’s degree in vocal performance and a singing career. The scholarships will help with that.  

UC Davis Composition Students’ Music Heard Far and Wide

January 16, 2019

When doctoral music composition students at UC Davis hear their music played for the first time, they hear it played by professionals who are champions of new music with years of performance experience.

“It’s an absolute luxury to have these professional musicians play our work,” said student Jonathan Favero. “In many programs you have to beg, borrow and steal to find players.”

2005 - Nicole Berry

January 02, 2019

Nicole Berry (M.A., art history, '05) is executive director of The Armory Show, the New York art fair hosting 200 galleries from 30 countries and offering lectures, presentations and commissions. The 25th annual show runs March 7 - 10, 2019.  Berry became director of the Armory Show in 2017. She previously served as deputy director of the Armory Show and the Expo Chicago art fair.

Recent donations give a boost to Gorman Museum Collection

October 26, 2018
 New Exhibition Shows Off Collection

“Recent Gifts from the Southwest” at the Gorman Museum showcases nearly 100 artworks by 60 artists. The exhibition, on display through Dec. 7, includes basketry, weavings, ceramics, prints, paintings and drawings made between 1920 and 2018. Most of the art was made during the past 50 years and donated or promised by collectors and artists over the past two years. The is the first Gorman exhibition focused on the art of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

Artist and Writer David Salle Giving Annual Thiebaud Lecture

October 15, 2018
David Salle, who became an art star in the 1980s and has also forged a career as an arts writer, will give the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 1, at UC Davis. “David Salle: How to See” is presented by the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Letters and Science.

Cuba’s Top Writer Speaking at UC Davis

September 17, 2018

One of Cuba’s most acclaimed writers, Leonardo Padura, will be giving talks and readings at UC Davis Oct. 24 and 25. Padura is known internationally for his series of Mario Conde detective novels, which have been translated into many languages and made into a Netflix series.

Padura has received the National Prize for Literature, Cuba's national literary award, and in 2015 the Premio Principe de Asturias de las Letras of Spain, one of the most important literary prizes in the Spanish-speaking world.

A Rich Lineup of Artists and Curators Speaking

September 13, 2018

A celebrated African American artist, a 1980s art star and the curator of a new Paul Gauguin exhibition are among those speaking at UC Davis this fall, with more to come in winter and spring.  The lectures offered by the College of Letters and Science's Department of Art and Art History take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum of Art. All the talks are free and open to the public.