Arts Faculty and Alumni in the News: Teen Vogue to Poster Art

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Roxanne Femling, production supervisor for Theatre and Dance's Enchanted Cellar costume shop gets Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz dress onto a dummy in the basement of Wright Hall in October 2019. She retired this summer. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Theatre professor featured in Teen Vogue for activism

Theatre and Dance Chair Larry Bogad made Teen Vogue. The UC Davis Curiosity Gap Blog recently featured his podcast, “What’s in a Plague?” and he has garnered more attention for his activism in the youth-centered magazine. The article,  “Pranks as Political Activism: From the Yippies to TikTok,” spotlights activists throughout history who have incorporated humor, satire or irony into their protests. Bogad, who has used theatrical values to make activism more engaging, is quoted in the piece in regards to activists employing creative techniques to give their protests more impact.  More here on the department website. To read the magazine article, visit the Teen Vogue website

Art alumni featured for poster art, multimedia

The  Davis Enterprise recently published “The poster boy for a long, successful Davis-born art career,” spotlighting successful UC Davis Art Department alum Thomas Morris. Morris, who studied at UC Davis in the ‘60s, is known for his hand-lettered, screen-printed concert posters. But his work went beyond promotional posters for rock concerts: Morris also printed “anti-war chronicles” and “ecology manifestos.” In addition to being a great era for rock, the ‘60s was also a golden age for the UC Davis art department. Morris began his artistic career studying under Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Peterson, and Bob Arneson. Today, Morris continues to accept freelance projects. Read the full article by Jarrod Baniqued here and view Morris’ work here

In July, the Sacramento News & Review featured UC Davis arts alumni Aida Lizalde (B.A. ‘18). In the article “Heart to Art with Aida Lizalde,” Lizalde describes her experience as an immigrant, and how this experience shapes the art she creates. Lizalde is a multimedia artist who works primarily in ceramic, but also in video and textile. Read the full article and see her artworks here. 

Faculty, staff honored as they retire

Among the departments of art, music, and theatre and dance, four faculty and staff have retired this summer. Typically, these retirements would be marked with departmental celebrations. However, these gatherings have been prevented by coronavirus concerns. Now webpages mark their retirement. Click on their names for individual web pages.

Department of Music

Distinguished Professor of Music Anna Maria Busse Berger joined the department in 1988. Her work focused on ethnomusicology and medieval and Renaissance history and theory.

Department of Theatre and Dance 

Professor of Theatre and Dance Peter Lichtenfels joined the Theatre and Dance faculty in 2003 after previously serving several times as a Granada Artist-in-Residence beginning in 1992. 

Costume Shop Director Roxanne Femling is a UC Davis alumna and joined the department staff in September 1999. She established and supervised the The Enchanted Cellar Costume Rental service, which raised funds for the department by renting out costumes for Halloween and other special events. 

Department of Art 

Professor of Art Lucy Puls joined the department faculty in 1985. She has taught all levels of sculpture, as well as a seminar in art practice. 

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