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By Karen Nikos-Rose on November 28, 2017

Gary Snyder inducted into California Hall of Fame by Governor's office

The California Museum in Sacramento will include UC Davis poet, professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder among its inductees into the 11th class of its California Hall of Fame in December (Tuesday, Dec. 5).

Gary Snyder
Gary Snyder, professor emeritus of English. Photo John Sutter/All Rights Reserved

Besides Snyder, professor emeritus in English, honorees include entertainer Lucille Ball; bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann; artist and activist Mabel McKay; atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina; quarterback Jim Plunkett; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; musician Michael Tilson Thomas and vintner Warren Winiarski.

The new inductees will join 104 Californians previously inducted for “embodying the state's spirit of innovation.”

Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will be presented with "Spirit of California" medals by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in an official state ceremony held at the California Museum on Tues., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. In addition, their lives and legacies will be commemorated in an all-new artifact exhibition opening at 10 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 6 at the California Museum.

Members of the public are invited to watch via Facebook the 11th Annual California Hall of Fame red carpet arrivals on Tues., Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony webcast at 7 p.m.

Snyder has published 18 books translated into more than 20 languages. His work and thinking has been featured in video specials on BBC-TV and PBS, and in every major national print organ. He has received numerous writing awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1975. This year, he was awarded the UC Davis Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation.

He taught in the English Department at UC Davis from 1986 to 2001. He has lived sustainably, in an off-the-grid home he built, for 50 years.

More in UC Davis Dateline.

More Neri Sculptures added to Anderson Collection at Stanford now on display

The Anderson Collection at Stanford University is displaying 11 new acquisitions and more works from other collections by sculptor Manuel Neri, one of the firest-generation art faculty at UC Davis. The new works were gifted by The Manuel Neri Trust.

Neri, a California native, is known for working across media, and the new acquisitions include an important early aluminum sculpture of the artist Joan Brown, a marble sculpture, a group of bronze reliefs cast from plaster originals (which were used as models for unique marble carvings) and eight related works on paper.

A special exhibition of the new works, “Manuel Neri: Assertion of the Figure,” started in September and runs through Feb. 12, 2018. This exhibition is organized by the Anderson Collection at Stanford University in celebration of a gift from The Manuel Neri Trust. Additional works on loan come from the Collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, The Manuel Neri Trust, and Hackett Mill, San Francisco.

The UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art holds more than 150 works by Neri in its collections that are shown at special exhibitions.

More information on the Anderson Collection available.

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Professor Emerita Cornelia Schulz at Patricia Sweetow Gallery

The San Francisco Chronicle recently took note of Cornelia Schulz's work: “In the galleries, color everywhere, unconventionally applied” — Paint on its own terms. Schulz is a UC Davis art faculty emerita.

Chronicle art critic Charles Desmarais says it best: Cornelia Schulz is a venerated abstract artist who taught at UC Davis for three decades. Sarcastically gloppy and garishly colorful, they are all brag and bluster — grand gesture, stunted by canvases less than a foot square. They are mock-heroic exercises as loaded with irony a s any painting of the current moment, even as they seduce formally (though their lusciousness of color and detail) and narratively (with references to landscape and the forces of nature).
 
Schulz’s paintings are at Patricia Sweetow Gallery (315 Potrero Ave., San Francisco) through Dec. 16.

Poet: A professor emerita reads "After Thanksgiving"

We caught up to Sandra Gilbert, distinguished professor of English emerita, on radio over the Thanksgiving weekend. She read her poem, "After Thanksgiving," on WCAI, the NPR affiliate in Cape Cod. She was featured on the station's show, "Poetry Sunday." Listen.