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By Karen Nikos-Rose on December 18, 2019

If you are tired of wrapping gifts, visiting relatives, of just driving in holiday traffic take a break with UC Davis Health. The medical center complex has an impressive art collection, which is chronicled in a new video that talks about how art and patient care are closely intertwined. UC Davis Health began its art collection in 1983 and now has more than 2,600 pieces. Much of the artwork is crafted by local artists who largely reflect their communities in their work. View “The Art of Healing.” Learn more about the artwork in this story.

Art, Art History Professors Work on Exhibit, Honored

Hearne Pardee, professor of art at UC Davis, was chosen as Robert Mondavi’s Winery Artist-in-Residence Program. The exhibit, Overview: Painting|Drawing|Collage, will be on display until Feb. 2 at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley. More information, here. 

The work of Annabeth Rosen, professor of art at UC Davis, is featured in a show titled Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped. The exhibit, which features 20 years of Rosen’s work, will be featured in the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco until Jan. 19, 2020. More information, here.

Heghnar Watenpaugh, professor of art history at UC Davis, won the Der Mugrdechian SAS Outstanding Book Award for her book The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocie to Justice. This award recognizes outstanding scholarship on Armenian society, culture, and history from ancient times to the present. Watenpaugh is one of two authors receiving this recognition. The book has also received numerous accolades by book reviewers, including in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Continuing events on campus and in the region

Kathy Butterly | ColorForm continues at the The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art on the UC Davis campus through Dec. 29. This exhibit brings the artist back to UC Davis, the site of her MFA, and to the Northern California region that has been so generative for ceramic art over the last half century. Encompassing her career through approximately 60 sculptures and 20 drawings, Butterly’s first retrospective exhibition focuses on the last 10 years of work, including sculpture made especially for this occasion. Butterly is distinguished among modern and contemporary sculptors for her move to a highly personal, yet nakedly accessible ceramic language of line, form and color that tilts ever closer to emotive, endlessly inventive abstraction. Don't miss these exhibitions of some of the best of UC Davis art.

Also continuing is the West Coast Premiere of NEW ERA, an Installation by Doug Aitken.

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is free for all. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Check winter break hours here.

Events feature alumni at Sacramento venues

Check out Jodi Connelly, MFA class of 2018, at Verge. She has a solo exhibition there.

Art Studio alumni have come together for the exhibition, The Resistant Gesture, now at the Axis Gallery in Sacramento through Dec. 22. The show was curated by Tavarus Blackmon (MFA ’18) and includes work by Jodi Connelly (MFA ’18) and Rachel Deane (MFA ’19).

The exhibition hours are Friday–Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Axis Gallery is located at 625 S St., Sacramento. 

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