University of California, Davis, College of Letters and Science graduate students are sharing their work with the public this month as the multidisciplinary Arts & Humanities 2022 Graduate Exhibition returns to the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art following two years of virtual exhibitions.
Taking place June 2–19, this exhibition showcases 27 MFA, MA, and PhD students from art history, art studio, creative writing, design, mathematics, music, performance studies, and political science. Many tackle big issues, such as environmental destruction, political divisions, racism, immigration, and disability justice, while others engage with memory and aesthetic practices. Their projects take a wide range of forms, including sculpture, photography, ceramics, painting, experimental music, virtual reality, and thesis presentations.
“The annual exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and also for the campus community and those beyond, to see the excellence of the College on display,” said Estella Atekwana, Dean of the College of Letters and Science.
Award recipients were announced at the June 2 public opening:
- LeShelle & Gary May Art Purchase Prize: Kelley O’Leary
- Keister & Allen Art Purchase Prize: Morgan Cristine Flores
- The Savageau Award for Design: Trace Manuel
“It’s very exciting news for students that two art prizes are being awarded in addition to a design award,” said Rachel Teagle, the museum’s Founding Director. “This generous support underscores our commitment to elevating the achievements of our graduates both within this exhibition and as they launch their careers.”
The art prizes continue the tradition of purchasing graduate student work for the university’s Fine Arts Collection and building an endowment. The collection includes art by renowned graduates Bruce Nauman ’66, Stephen Kaltenbach ’67, Deborah Butterfield ’73, and Kathy Butterly ’90.
For more information, visit manettishrem.org.
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