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By Dave Jones on April 20, 2007 in University

UC Davis this week celebrated its newest piece of public art: an oil painting titled <i>Jumping Dog</i>, by Susan Rothenberg, pictured with the artwork, measuring nearly 8 1/2 feet by 7 1/2 feet. The university commissioned the piece for the lobby of the new Gladys Valley Hall, the primary instructional building in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef welcomed Rothenberg on April 16 for the painting’s official unveiling in front of an audience of about 75. Afterward, Rothenberg spoke about her career and the making of <i>Jumping Dog</i>. She came to prominence in the 1970s New York art world, as a result of her life-sized images of horses. Rothenberg’s paintings since the 1990s reflect her move from New York to New Mexico, her adoption of oil painting, and her new-found interest in using the memory of observed and experienced events as the framework for her work. Some of her paintings hang in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

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