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EXHIBITIONS: Trayecto Anómalo and The Art of Athletes

By Dave Jones on January 27, 2014 in University News


Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanacer, or Art Workshop of the New Dawn, a community program of the Department of Chicana/o Studies, announced a new exhibition: Trayecto Anómalo (Anomalous Path), comprising the works of Chilean artists Danilo Espinoza Guerra, Ricardo Fuentealba- Fabio and Iván Zambrano Downing, all of them professors at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

The exhibition is set to open with a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30). The program that night will feature an introduction and poetry by Francisco X. Alarcón, a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanacer, or TANA, is at 1224 Lemen St., Woodland.


  • Flat Fusion Five, through Feb. 7, Craft Center Gallery
  • Receiver, through March 14, C.N. Gorman Museum (artist talk and reception, Feb. 20)
  • The Verve of Quilted Textiles: African American Quilts from the Sandra McPherson Collection, through March 14, Design Museum

The Aggies’ intercollegiate athletics schedule is jam-packed with competitions, Friday through Monday (Jan. 31-Feb. 1): gymnastics and track, basketball and tennis, water polo and lacrosse … and an art show?

That’s right. The Art of Athletes, now in its fifth year, will feature the works of nearly two dozen students — only some of whom are art majors.


Senior Devon DeMont, coordinator of this year’s exhibition, is a member of the swimming and diving team, which wrapped up its regular season last weekend with a 9-0 record in dual meets — the first perfect dual season in UC Davis history. Next up: the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. 

“I think The Art of the Athletes is incredibly important because it is an opportunity to showcase a different side of our student athletes, to display other talents we have,” said DeMont, an art studio major.

She said art “is a great way to express ourselves beyond our sports and to relieve stress and tension.”

Athletes representing 12 Aggie teams are due to participate in The Art of Athletes:

  • Women's sports — field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and water polo.
  • Men's sports — basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field.

DeMont said she finds "a great balance between the energy that I get from participating in athletics and a completely different energy that comes through with my art."

“I am mainly a painter," she said, "but after being here in Davis I have gotten very involved with film photography as well as experimented with various forms of printmaking such as relief and lithography.”

DeMont has participated in The Art of Athletes since her freshman year. She showed paintings and drawings in her first three years in the exhibition, and this year she plans to show two photographs and a print.

Other media in this year’s show: clay, acrylic, charcoal, linocut, wood, metal, oil, ceramics, sculpture and woodcut printmaking. The exhibition had 38 entries at last count.

The participating artists are from all four of the university's undergraduate colleges.

Michelle Roppeau, director of athletic academic advising, said: "It’s fun to see people you might not expect to be artists or who you might not know creates art in their spare time.”

The exhibition will be in the Basement Gallery of the Art Building. Visitors can meet the artists during the opening night reception. Admission is free and open to the public.

Here are the show’s hours:

  • Friday, Jan. 31 — 5-7p.m. (reception with the artists, 5:30-7)
  • Saturday, Feb. 1 — noon-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 2 — 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 3 — 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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