Arts

SHAPE Brings Together Science and Art in Classroom and on Stage

November 25, 2020

Several years ago, Professor Dawn Sumner in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences collaborated with a choreographer and a visual artist to create a dance, spoken word and video project based on stories of female, BIPOC or gender-fluid scientists.

When the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to fund classes melding art and science that would also incorporate performances by visiting artists, the opportunity was tailor-made for what Sumner and her collaborators had been working on.

New ‘Prized Writing’ Collection Published Online (for Now)

October 26, 2020

Each October, students from across campus gather to celebrate publication of their work in the University Writing Program’s (UWP) Prized Writing. The event is an acknowledgement of the students’ talents and the importance UC Davis places on writing, regardless of major. Due to COVID-19, the event honoring the writers has been postponed until spring when the print edition will be released.

Nigerian American Artist Will Give Thiebaud Endowed Lecture

October 19, 2020

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, whose art negotiates the cultural terrain between her adopted home in the United States and her native Nigeria through collage and photo transfer-based paintings, will give the seventh annual UC Davis Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Endowed Lecture on Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m. This year’s free online lecture celebrates art professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud’s 100th birthday on Nov.

YouTube Interview Series Explores Music and Climate Change

October 06, 2020

Ryan Suleiman, a doctoral student in music composition at UC Davis, has long been concerned with the environment, nature and climate change. Over the past few years, Suleiman has written works titled Drought, Skies of Smoke and Burning. In the spring he reached out to other musicians to see what they had to say about music that explores the natural environment, with an emphasis on climate change, for a series of YouTube interviews.

UC Davis Creative Writing Series Expands Online

September 17, 2020
The Creative Writing Program of the UC Davis Department of English is expanding its reading series with online and in-person readings by visiting writers, creative writing Master of Fine Arts candidates, lecturers in the Creative Writing Program, and projects created in collaboration with art and music students.  

The Show Goes On

May 18, 2020
UC Davis College of Letters and Science graduate students aren’t letting the lack of a physical space stop them from celebrating and sharing their work with the public. The Arts & Humanities 2020 Graduate Exhibition, usually held at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, will instead take place on the museum website May 28–June 28.

UC Davis Graduate Arts Programs Make Big Rankings Leap

March 20, 2020

The most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking of university graduate programs places UC Davis fine arts programs as No. 15 in the nation. This is a jump from No. 27 three years ago and ties UC Davis with UC Berkeley. Master of Fine Arts programs in the College of Letters and Science include art studio, design, dramatic arts and creative writing.