Raul de Nieves and students at the conclusion of their public performance

The California Studio: Manetti Shrem Artist Residencies welcomes a group of visiting artists annually to the Department of Art and Art History at UC Davis. Through its two types of teaching residencies, The California Studio presents contemporary forms of practice and approaches to studio art education.


The California Studio supports three spotlight artists each academic year. Spotlight artists are in residence for seven to 10 days and receive a generous honorarium, accommodations while at UC Davis and a travel stipend. While at UC Davis, each artist participates in and contributes to the life of the Department of Art and Art History through departmental and public programming. Spotlight artist residencies are by invitation only, and residency programming is created in conversation between visiting artists and department faculty.


Each academic year, The California Studio hosts two visiting professors in the Department of Art and Art History. Teaching artists design an advanced undergraduate studio course and a graduate-level seminar for graduate students in Art Studio. Each artist is in residence for one academic quarter, or ten weeks, and receives a salary, benefits, a travel stipend, a materials stipend and studio space. Visiting professors are active members of UC Davis’ artistic and scholarly communities. As such, they are encouraged, and provided with the administrative support, to collaborate with the UC Davis community and to take advantage of Northern California’s immense resources.

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