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Founded by the Department of Art and Art History at UC Davis and underwritten by Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, The California Studio hosts a group of artists annually in residencies focused on studio practice and interdisciplinary collaboration across the university. Situated in a leading research university in California’s Sacramento Valley, The California Studio enriches a unique ecosystem of arts, humanities and science scholarship. 


BACKGROUND

The California Studio was established in 2020 through the generosity of longtime UC Davis arts education benefactors Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. The California Studio builds on the Department of Art and Art History's legacy as home to a top-ranked art studio program that, since its founding in 1958, has trained individuals that inspire communities and culture. The California Studio presents contemporary forms of practice and approaches to education that expand upon this history.

Art Studio at UC Davis challenges students to cultivate curiosity and sustain the courage to embrace the unknown through art. Arts students at the undergraduate and graduate level are encouraged to explore a broad range of disciplines and to participate in opportunities outside the classroom, including the Art Studio Visiting Artist Lecture Series, the Betty Jean and Wayne Thiebaud Lecture Series, The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies, professional practice seminars, student exhibitions, competitions and internships. The department supports 16 fully funded M.F.A. students and attracts students from all over the United States and the world.

 


OUR BENEFACTORS

Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem live life at the intersection of arts, culture and commerce. Maria was the principal force behind Gucci’s integration into American department stores, and Jan was the founder of an international book publishing firm and the Clos Pegase winery. Jan and Maria’s support of visual arts education at UC Davis is multifaceted. Jan and Maria have supported four residences annually at London’s Royal Drawing School for UC Davis undergraduate students. In 2011, Jan and Maria pledged the lead gift to build the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis and are lifetime honorary board members of the museum. Most recently, they established The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies in the Department of Art and Art History. These programs and institutions enrich student and campus life by expanding access to art, its histories and the living artists who continue to create and innovate.  

Beyond UC Davis, Jan and Maria support the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Festival Napa Valley, KQED and Metropolitan Opera in New York. They have worked to expand Italian language, music and visual arts education in secondary schools by supporting programs such as ArtSmart, the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra and Comites SF at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco. Jan and Maria gave the lead gift for the UCSF Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Neurology Clinic and support the California Pacific Medical Center.

 


DEPARTMENT OF ART & ART HISTORY, ART STUDIO FACULTY

Shiva Ahmadi, Associate Professor of Art
Robin Hill, Professor of Art
Timothy Hyde, Assistant Professor of Art
Darrin Martin, Professor of Art
Graham McDougal, Assistant Professor of Art
Hearne Pardee, Professor of Art
Annabeth Rosen, Distinguished Professor of Art, Robert Arneson Endowed Chair
Young Suh, Professor of Art
Gina Werfel, Professor of Art


THE CALIFORNIA STUDIO STAFF

Katie Grube, Curator and Program Manager
californiastudio@ucdavis.edu