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Honoring artists, art at Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem museum

“It is for the artists,” said Maria Manetti Shrem the morning after Saturday’s Legacy dinner had begun a series of grand opening celebrations for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. “It is for me to make the old artists happy. That is the best.” Read more.

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art Unveils Inaugural Exhibitions for November Opening

October 2016: The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, announces the four opening exhibitions that will inaugurate its new, architecturally significant museum building beginning Sunday, Nov. 13. Read more.

Honoring the Legacy of Margrit Mondavi

Margrit Mondavi

September 2016: Mrs. Mondavi was an incredible champion of our campus and our students. Her commitment to fostering the arts and furthering our research in food science helped UC Davis achieve yet greater heights and greater recognition in these areas. Read more.

The UC Davis Manetti Shrem Museum Points to a New Direction in U.S. Museum Design

Construction is nearing completion on the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, a contemporary art museum set amid the expansive views of California’s Central Valley and surrounding farmlands. At the grand opening on Nov. 13, visitors will experience a new form of museum architecture, one achieved by integrating outdoors and indoors, blurring the usual hierarchical relationship between exhibition and teaching spaces, that furthers the museum’s educational mission. Read more.

Iwan Baan Just Encapsulated Architecture’s Social Media Revolution in a Single Instagram Picture

July 2016: Iwan Baan and SO-IL (Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu) have taken to the sky to photograph Florian Idenburg’s latest project. This morning, the photographer dished up some quality views of SO – IL’s project from thousands of feet up in the air via his popular Instagram account. Framed at an oblique angle through the helicopter window, the undulating roof of the building on the UC Davis Campus is a spectacular sight to see. Read more.

Wayne Thiebaud Donates Major Works of Art to New UC Davis Museum

Wayne Thiebaud's Three Treats

June 2016: [Video] Wayne Thiebaud — the legendary painter known for his colorful paintings of landscapes, portraits and good-enough-to-eat desserts — this week presented to the University of California, Davis, some of his treasured paintings. Read more.

Museum Opens November 13

February 2016: The Manetti Shrem Museum has announced its opening date: November 13, 2016.

Listen to Founding Director Teagle's Interview On Capital Public Radio

Founding Director Rachel Teagle

June 2015: Founding Director Rachel Teagle, Ph.D., was interviewed by Sacramento's Capital Public Radio. Listen here.

New Public Art in Sacramento: Rachel Teagle Interviewed in Sactown

Founding Director Teagle

June 2015: The June/July 2015 issue of Sactown magazine covers the new acquisition for Sacramento's public art: a sculpture by Jeff Koons. The acquisition has created controversy, and the museum's founding director Rachel Teagle, is interviewed for the piece. Read the online version here.

Topping Out Celebration Draws Hundreds to Museum Site

Topping Out

March 2015: The Manetti Shrem Museum held its Topping Out celebration in March, drawing hundreds to the museum site to sign the final steel beam. Read more.

Groundbreaking Celebrates Future Museum

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem

March 2014: The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Manetti Shrem Museum celebrated the new museum with a formal ceremony followed by an art fair, and the ringing of William Wiley's Gong by Wiley. With shovels in the ground, the museum construction begins.

A 21st Century Art Museum

Grand Canopy

May 2013: The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, will be created by a team of architects and builders intent on redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts.

Open Forums for Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art


October 2012: The 2012-13 academic year was an exciting time in the development of the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. As the building takes physical form, the university will also develop the museum mission and the exhibition and education programming it supports. As part of this process, there were open forums held to discuss the museum building in the winter quarter.

UC Davis Selects Teams to Compete for Art Museum Design and Construction


November 2012: A half century ago, a team of young artists, including Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, arrived at the University of California, Davis, to help build a new art department -- and changed the art world. The university is honoring that legacy today by tapping three innovative architect-contractor teams to compete in the creation of a design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art -- a planned museum whose vision is as bold as Thiebaud's pop imagery or Arneson's irreverent ceramics.

New Director Named for Museum

August 2012: An innovative educator and museum director with experience launching new museum facilities and designing one-of-a-kind museum programs has been selected as the founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.

Napa Vintner Donates $10 Million for New Museum of Art

Napa Vintner Donation

December 2011: UC Davis has received a $10 million gift to name a new art museum that will serve as a teaching and cultural resource for the region and provide opportunities to share the university's artistic legacy, enhance its fine arts collection, and create new partnerships and collaborations. The museum will be named for donor Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in Napa Valley, and his wife and arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem.

Margrit Mondavi Pledges $2 Million Towards New Art Museum


Philanthropist Margrit Biever Mondavi has pledged $2 million to help UC Davis plan and build a new art museum that will house and display some 4,000 works that the university has collected over the past 40 years.