Weekender: Alum Art in Sacramento, Library Food Exhibit and Mural

Gorman museum photo of front with lattiice work and entrance
The Gorman Museum of Native American Art at UC Davis will open in September. Stay tuned for a complete story next week. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Inaugural exhibition 'When We See Us' starts this weekend

Aug. 20 – Sept. 10, Faith J. McKinnie Gallery, Sacramento

UC Davis Art studio alumni Will Maxen (M.F.A., ‘23) and Jessica Wimbley (M.F.A., ‘05) will participate in the reopening of Faith J. McKinnie Gallery, 1020 16th Street, Sacramento. The reopening includes a Project Space for Curatorial Intervention — deliberate and purposeful action to engage with artworks, exhibitions, or cultural contexts in a way that goes beyond traditional curatorial practices. It involves dynamic and creative approaches to curating that aim to challenge, provoke thought, and reimagine the relationships between artworks, audiences and the spaces they inhabit. Find more information on FJM Project Space here.

artwork representing young man in geometric form
White Spaces (beach), 2023, 50"x50", oil and gesso on canvas (courtesy)


In the library

Organic Activism: The Roots of the Northern California Food Movement

Library exhibit, UC Davis, runs through Sept. 8

Northern California and the Central Valley were the birthplace of a national conversation about the food we eat, how it is produced, and the lives of the people who grow and sell it. In this exhibit, explore this rich and complex chapter in California’s social, cultural and agricultural history, and the role of UC Davis in the rise of organic farming, farm-to-table cooking, and sustainable agriculture. Find information from the UC Davis Library here

Recipes to Remember: UC Davis Library Chinese Cookbooks and San Francisco

Shields Library (Lobby - Left Side of Main Staircase), through Oct. 2

display of Chinese cook books and other works in UC Davis library

The UC Davis Library holds the second largest collection of English-language Chinese cookbooks in the United States. This exhibit highlights this unique collection and its connection with San Francisco Chinatown. “Recipes to Remember” is an ongoing project led by the UC Davis Library and the Davis Humanities Institute that explores the connections between contemporary San Francisco Chinatown and the people featured in the historical cookbooks’ texts and images. How can cookbooks be used to discover unwritten stories and memories across generations and communities? This exhibit, curated by graduate students Benjamin Fong and Tianyun Hua, also illustrates the present-day value of libraries’ special collections and archival materials, and their contribution to public scholarship.

Mural unveiling in Napa

"Secret Life of Vineyards," an insect-themed, ceramic mosaic mural created by members of the UC Davis community, was unveiled at the Matthiasson Winery in Napa on Wednesday, Aug. 16. The project showcases the diversity of life in an organic vineyard ecosystem. The mural features many different types of insects and is educational as well as elaborate. This project shows the magnitude of what can be accomplished when a community comes together.

The project showcases the diversity of life in an organic vineyard ecosystem. Designing and directing the project were:  

  • Distinguished professor Diane Ullman of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, who researches insect/virus/plant interactions and insect-transmitted plant pathogens
  • Assistant professor Emily Meineke, an urban landscape entomologist, Department of Entomology and Nematology, who studies plant-herbivore relationships
  • Professional graphic designer and retired lecturer Gale Okumura of the Department of Design, known for her design solutions in visual communications.  

Find more information on the mural and it’s opening here. (From a blog article by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Colorful mural by UC Davis faculty and others featuring bugs
The "Secret Life of Vineyards" is on view in Napa now. (Courtesy image)

Coming up in September

Open studio and sale in Woodland location with Steve Briscoe Fine Arts 

Sept. 9 and 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

In conjunction with the Verge Center for the Arts, visit the open studio to see artwork you may have previously missed, as well as new pieces. This may paint a clearer picture of what the studio is all about. Exhibit located at 2023 Davis Street, Woodland,  Find Briscoe’s studio here. Find Sac Open Studios Verge Center for the Arts here

A shelf of art objects


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Karen Nikos-Rose, Arts Blog Editor, kmnikos@ucdavis.edu

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