art department

A New Look at the Slant Step

September 11, 2019
Published in 1969, the Slant Step Book celebrated a thrift store find that became, and remains, a part of UC Davis art department lore. The Slant Step is a green linoleum-covered plywood stool with a slanted – and seemingly nonfunctional – step that has inspired artists for decades.

Recent Art Graduate Has Full Plate

February 19, 2019

In the seven months since completing his degree, Tavarus Blackmon (M.F.A., art, '18) has been busy.

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.

2017 Thiebaud Lecture a Two-Fer With Critic and Artist

February 22, 2017
An art talk/conversation between critic and curator Karen Wilkin and painter Catherine Murphy that will take place March 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

Colloquium Examines the Lasting Impact of Roman Urban Building

February 01, 2017
An art history colloquium at the University of California, Davis, will reach back 2,000 years to examine the lasting impact of Rome on how cities are created, look and function. “The Life and Afterlife of Ancient Roman Architecture,” Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m., is the fifth installment of the Templeton Colloquium in Art History.

UC Davis Alumni Artist Links Community to New Museum

October 31, 2016
Working in her Oakland studio, Lisa Rybovich Crallé was surrounded by teetering stacks of white rings looking like oversize life preservers. These rings, 500 of them, will be linked to form a 1,500-foot-long sculpture that will hang from the canopy of the UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art for its grand opening.