UC Davis Arts and Humanities Graduate Students Showcase Work in Multidisciplinary Exhibition

Creativity on Display June 6-24 at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

People at museum exhibition with art on walls
Graduate students in the College of Letters and Science will exhibit their work beginning with a reception and awards program June 6 at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Visitors enjoy the 2023 exhibition in photo above. (Hung Q. Pham/photo)

Every spring, the University of California, Davis, arts and humanities graduate students across the College of Letters and Science give their peers and the public a glimpse into what they’ve explored during their time at UC Davis with a multidisciplinary exhibition.

About the exhibition

Free public reception: June 6, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Works on view June 6-24

The Arts and Humanities 2024 Graduate Exhibition will feature the work of graduate students across eight disciplines, including anthropology, art history, art studio, comparative literature, creative writing, design, and English as well as Spanish and Portuguese. Final projects will be on view June 6-24 at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis.

A free, public opening reception will take place June 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the museum, with art history students presenting their research on May 31. In all, 25 graduate students in Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts and doctoral programs are participating. 

“The graduate student exhibition is a wonderful showcase for the kind of artistic talent we foster in our college,” said Dean Estella Atekwana. “Letters and Science is the home of the arts at UC Davis and, from our founding to today, we have demonstrated true multidisciplinary and international leadership in the creative fields that our students are taking with them into their very bright futures.”

This year’s participants use sculpture, poetry, painting, drawing, video, textiles, digital fabrication, installations, multimedia and augmented reality to explore emotional states, gender and cultural identities, sustainability and authenticity. 

“UC Davis arts and humanities students excel as experimental makers and thinkers,” said Rachel Teagle, the museum’s founding director. “During this year of celebrating the Eggheads and the arts at UC Davis, we’re especially proud to highlight their innovative work, along with the unique collaboration among the museum, the Office of the Chancellor and Provost, and the College of Letters and Science Dean’s Office that supports it.”

A sampling of what the public will see and experience: 

Trevor A. Bashaw (English) is a poet whose work explores the entanglement of language, environment and spirit. He will give a live performance on June 6 that explores the process of poetic composition and encounter in public space. 

April Camlin (art studio) creates large-scale tapestries and stand-alone installations that combine hand-weaving and sculptural elements to help express grief and pain and also conjure resilience. 

Ileanna Sophia Cheladyn (anthropology) is a Canadian dance artist and a sociocultural anthropology Ph.D. candidate whose work is critical of prescriptive formulations of “the body” and hegemonic approaches to kinesthetic experience. ADRIFT-DRAFT, an improvised dance installation created with Eva Anderson (B.A., neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and dramatic arts), will be performed at the June 6 opening. 

Sara de Blas Hernández (Spanish) will present a collaborative quilt to increase awareness about the Spanish-speaking community through visualizing the multiple and diverse realities of what speaking Spanish means to people with a connection to the language.

Damien Mitchell (design) merges craft and design within the practice of shoemaking, addressing issues of sustainability and circularity through the democratization of design. His work prioritizes the advancement of manufacturing accessibility to foster sustainable local economies by employing both traditional handcrafting and digital fabrication. 

Nitheen Ramalingam (art studio) is a figurative painter whose recent body of work meditates on the 2021 commemoration of the Kilvenmani martyrs, juxtaposing the joyful unity of the peasantry with a gloomy undertone hinting at the movement’s decline.

Tyson Roberts (art studio) ruminates on the complexity of painting by disassembling and reimagining historical approaches, combining immediate gesture with studied planning. His work weaves together painting and collage to create multidimensional layered canvases.

Laurel-Rose Xenoresteia (English) works primarily in creative nonfiction. Gestation or, Time and Necessity, a condensed version of her thesis, is a looping, image- and narrative-driven depiction of Xenoresteia’s thoughts, feelings and flesh as she has transitioned from “male” to “female.” She will perform the piece throughout the June 6 opening. 

Seongmin Yoo (art studio) is a sculptor and installation artist interested in addressing power imbalances through multidimensional expression. Her life-size sculptural work unveils humanity’s endeavor to control nature, unsettling ecosystems and causing chaos. 

Satomi Zukeran (design) explores artistic expression with advanced technology, and showcases her experimentation with AI through a web application that visually translates human emotions expressed in music, challenging artificial intelligence’s potential in the realm of art.

3 awards to be given at opening; colloquium presentation May 31

The winners of the LeShelle & Gary May Art Purchase Prize, the Keister & Allen Art Purchase Prize, and the Savageau Award in the Department of Design will be announced at the June 6 opening celebration. The art prizes enable the Manetti Shrem Museum to purchase graduate student work for the university’s Fine Arts Collection. 

The Annual Art History Graduate Colloquium and Reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 31 at the museum, 254 Old Davis Road. Public hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, and  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit manettishrem.org for information.


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Media Contacts:

  • Maria Sestito, College of Letters and Science, 530-754-3055, msestito@ucdavis.edu
  • Laura Compton, Manetti Shrem Museum, 530-304-9517, llcompton@ucdavis.edu

    Publicity photos available upon request

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