The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art announced its summer programming will include two shows and the introduction of fee-based workshops where people can experiment with some of the techniques the exhibiting artists are using.
One of the artists is Susan Swartz, a painter known for her layered and richly colored landscapes; the other is Andrea Chung, who includes an installation of cyanotype prints (think blueprint) in her exhibition exploring the legacies of Caribbean island colonialism and migration.
Both shows highlight the university’s distinctive legacy of nurturing and exhibiting innovative contemporary art, museum officials said in a news release.
Summer hours: 11-5
The exhibitions will run concurrently, June 30 to Sept. 2. (The museum is closed until the exhibitions’ opening.) Note the museum’s summer hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Admission is free.
An “opening celebration” — where both artists will speak about their work — is scheduled for Sunday, July 15, as part of the museum’s Summer Season Celebration.
The workshops, to be held July 21 and 28 and Aug. 4, will be led by UC Davis Master of Fine Arts graduates.
See below for more information on the artist-led workshops, free Art Studio Drop-In and the Summer Season Celebration.
How the world is seen
“We’re delighted to mount a summer season highlighting two women artists whose work takes risks, explores nature and celebrates new voices,” said Rachel Teagle, the museum’s founding director, who curated one of the exhibitions, Breaking Away, 2006-2018. “We’re excited for students, faculty and the broader community to join us to explore the ways these artists bring focus to how the world is seen.”
Breaking Away, 2006-2018 — Swartz, who has studios in Park City, Utah, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, makes her West Coast museum debut with an exhibition showcasing the development of her painterly style. She describes her work as “lush surfaces sculpted from the subtle accretion of color.”
This survey of Swartz’s recent work demonstrates a newfound synthesis and complexity in her approach to abstracting the natural landscape, according to the museum.
“Swartz’s painting is as personal as her journey,” Teagle said. “A lifelong painter, she began focused work in the studio only after raising her family. Her work has progressed rapidly and this exhibition follows a series of solo exhibitions in major U.S. and European art museums.”
You broke the ocean in half to be here — In her first traveling exhibition (from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), the San Diego-based Chung showcases her inventive use of collage, printmaking and photography in her work — in this case while exploring a recurring theme of hers: Caribbean island history.
Her cyanotype-print installation — another of her unexpected intersections of materials, processes and places — focuses on lionfish, a nonnative, predatory species that has proliferated recently in the Caribbean, conjuring a fantastic underwater world while offering a potent allegory of colonization.
Here are this summer’s fee-based workshops, all for ages 16 and up. As of July 9, a few spots remained in each workshop.
- Drawn From Nature — With Faith Sponsler, M.F.A. ’17. $80, all supplies and materials included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
- Cyanotype Lab — With Arielle Rebek, M.F.A. ’17. $80, all supplies and materials included. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 28.
- Abstract Responses to Nature — With Angela Willetts, M.F.A. ’16. $40, acrylic supplies included. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
Registration is required in advance, by calling 530-752-8012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. People who sign up for all three workshops will receive a 10 percent discount, for a total cost of $180. See the museum’s Exhibits and Programs brochure (available online) for more information.
Art Studio Drop-In
The Carol and Gerry Parker Art Studio, open during the museum’s regular hours, provides supplies and ideas to incite your creative spirit — at no charge. Here are the themes for July and August:
- The Force of Nature (July) — Investigate the creative possibilities using reeds, seed pods, bark, seaweed and more — a different material each week.
- Capture Your Tale Working (August) — Tell your own story through collage, drawing, zines, textiles and more.
Summer Season Celebration
WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 15
- Exhibition “opening” includes "This Is Our Time: A Conversation With Susan Swartz and Andrea Chung," discussing how they see the world and their place as artists, reflecting and bringing focus to how the world is seen. 3 p.m.
- Art-making (cyanotype prints)
- Hula-hooping by Hoop Dance and museum visitors if they wish to try
- Parade of Whymcycles
- Music by the Cloud Hats
- Ice cream