Wayne Thiebaud’s Death Brings Outpouring of Tributes

Art professor emeritus Wayne Thiebaud's death at 101 on Dec. 25, 2021, brought an outpouring of memories and tributes, critical acclaim for the artist’s remarkable life and career, and news of a significant gift to UC Davis.

Around the world, obituaries and appreciations lauded the artist whose works connected with so many. The New York Times dubbed him a “painter of the everyday” whose “lush, dreamy landscapes and luminous pictures of hot dogs, deli counters, marching band majorettes and other charmed relics of midcentury Americana were complex meditations on life and painting.”

The Wayne Thiebaud Foundation donated 24 artworks to the university’s Fine Arts Collection in November 2021.

Read more about Thiebaud's influence and achievements.

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