Groundbreaking Celebrates Future Museum

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

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

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.