Art Faculty, Alumni Featured in the News

By UC Davis Media Relations Intern Leigh Houck

UC Davis faculty have been recognized for their achievements in many ways recently. UC Davis alumni have also been in the spotlight. Read on to learn about the artistic accomplishments of several UC Davis affiliates, including both a Guggenheim and Gold award for Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of art history. 

Art History Professor Heghnar Watenpaugh receives Guggenheim Fellowship, Gold IPPY 

Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of art history, has won yet another prestigious honor for her book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, (Stanford University Press). The book won the gold medal, in the history category, in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, which honors books in dozens of categories, from poetry to fiction and nonfiction.

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are “designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.” There were, in all, 425 winning titles honored this year. The awards were announced this week. Read more about her book here.

Read about the Guggenheim here.

Associate Professor of English Katie Peterson’s poetry lauded by The New York Times 

Katie Peterson, director of the creative writing program, recently had her collection, A Piece of Good News, selected as one of the 10 best poetry books of 2019 by The New York Times. Here she reads her poems “After the Disaster” and “A Piece of Good News.”  

UC Davis MFA Graduate Nancy Rubins celebrated in Artsy feature; professor’s work on display

Nancy Rubins, MFA ‘76, has been in the news for her massive sculptures made out of found objects. Read Artsy’s recent article on Rubins here. And Art Studio Professor Emeritus Conrad Atkinson’s work displayed at Hillsborough Castle. Read about that here.

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