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Art and Art History
Department Highlights

Associate Professor Andrea Pappas made a trip to Oxford in the UK over winter break to deliver a paper at the 46th Annual Conference of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. The conference is held every year at St. Hugh’s College, one of the many colleges which make up Oxford University. Her paper, “Embroidering the Landscape: An Ecocritical Approach to Early American Pastorally-Themed Needlework Pictures,” is related to her current project, a book about eighteenth-century embroidered landscapes. Professor Pappas received a special Dean’s Grant to help defray her travel expenses.


Associate Professor Don Fritz has been very active with his research this academic year. He has had two one-person exhibitions this last year. He is currently creating work that will be included in two exhibitions planned for his upcoming sabbatical, titled “Exploring Shared Visual Culture In the Arts and Culture of Mexico and the USA”. These two exhibitions of mixed media drawings and prints will be in Guadalajara and Ajijic, Mexico. Professor Fritz will also be showing his ceramics, drawings and paintings simultaneously in three different exhibitions in March including Gallery IMA in Seattle; La luz de Jesus in Los Angeles: and the Natsoulas Gallery in Davis. Recently he received the honor of having an image of his artwork included in a book titled "Kinder und Katzen" published by Detlet Bluhm press in Germany.

In January, Associate Professor Kathy Aoki accepted an invitation to be the Norma Seibert Visiting Artist in Printmaking at Oregon State University (Corvallis). Aoki created an edition of political relief prints and lectured about her work to students, faculty and the local community. A highlight of her trip was a visit to the pigment lab at OSU, where she met Chemistry Professor Mas Subramanian of the new "Mas Blue," a vibrant and stable blue pigment discovered by accident in the lab and known for its heat reflective properties. If you would like to see the sample of the first new blue in 200 years, contact or stop by the Department of Art and Art History. Image credit: Kathy Aoki, "Spin Doctors: Logrolling" 2017

Professor Kelly Detweiler had a solo exhibition at the Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco in March 2016 and a solo exhibit at the Natsoulas Gallery in Davis in December 2016. He was also featured in an exhibit of UC Davis Art Alumni in October 2016 which was documented with a book about the Davis art tradition. Several pieces of work owned by the Robert Arneson Estate were accepted into the permanent collection at the new Manetti- Schrem Museum of Art in Davis California.

Adjunct Lecturer Hannah Sigur’s “A Neoclassical Translation: The Hôôden at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” will appear in David Raizman and Ethan Robey, Eds. Expanding Nationalisms at Worlds Fairs: Identity, Diversity and Exchange 1855 – 1914 (Routledge: April 2017). She’s half way through a busy symposium schedule on both coasts, presenting in the fall on Japanese exposition pavilions at Cornell and at the Huntington Library, returning to the Huntington this month to speak on San Francisco art dealer George T. Marsh, and then on the Japonesque paintings of Robert Winthrop Chanler in New York in May.

This winter Clay Mix gallery exhibited the sculpture of Senior Lecturer Pancho Jiménez. This exhibition included thirteen of Jiménez’s most recent ceramic sculptures. This is his second solo exhibit at Clay Mix. His first was in 2009. Most recently, Pancho’s work has been acquired by Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, and Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. In addition, Pancho Jiménez’s show “Excavations and Interpretations” held at the Triton Museum of Art this past fall was ranked one of the top 10 Bay Area shows of 2016 by Art ltd magazine.

Last November, Adjunct Lecturer Ryan Carrington installed seven cast aluminum figures in the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose. The installation is a continuation of the “Children at Play Sculpture Walk”, originally commissioned by the Downtown Rotary Club of San Jose. This phase of the project is a gift to the City of San Jose from the San Jose Water Company, celebrating their 150th anniversary, and will include 19 site-specific figures throughout the park by the end of 2017. In April of 2017, Carrington will be starting a three-month long artist-in-residence program at the Tech Shop of San Jose, culminating with a solo show as part of the San Jose First Friday Series in August.

Assistant Professor Ryan Reynolds is having a solo exhibition of paintings at the Napa Valley Museum from March 1- April 30, 2017. The project called, ebb and flow, is inspired by the practice of historical ecology and will integrate time-based representations of the contemporary landscape with historical photos. Objects from the museum’s archive will be displayed in conversation with the artwork. Reynolds also participated in recent group exhibitions including, The Figure, at Sticoff Fine Art in NYC, and Local Terrain, curated by SLATE Contemporary Art. In March 2017, Reynolds will serve as the juror for the 7th Annual FRESH WORKS Open Juried Exhibition, at the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton.

Assistant Professor Takeshi Moro's video work is on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco as a part of the The Yud Video Project. (Nov 25, 2016 – Jul 9, 2017) In a small town in Finland, a city council chairperson and a recent refugee from Iraq interview one another. Their dialog is swapped, where the Iraqi answers for the chairperson and the chairperson speaks for the Iraqi —to both parties, this is their second language. The video reveals the overlap of their life stories as well as their relationship to war as it relates to Winter War in Finland and American War in Iraq. This work was made in cooperation with Finnish Red Cross and Serlachius Museum, Finland.

Assistant Professor, Tobias Wofford, recently contributed to the catalog for the exhibition titled Postwar: Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic: 1945-1965, on view at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany from October 2016 to March 2017. Organized by Okwui Enwezor, Katy Siegel, and Ulrich Wilmes, the exhibition and catalog reframes the narrative of postwar art by examining the twenty year period immediately following WWII as a broad and global phenomenon. Wofford’s contribution, “The Black Cosmopolitans,” explores the theme of cosmopolitanism in light of the institutions that connected African and African American artists and audiences in this period.

Upcoming Events in the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery


April 3-28, 9am-4pm Celebrating the Legacy of David Park Curated Exhibition

April 7, 5-7pm James Elkins Talk

April 15, 4pm Panel Discussion & Opening Reception for the Legacy of David Park Curated Exhibition

May 5, TBA First Friday: Critical mA&Sh

May 5-24, 9am-4pm Studio Art Senior Show Exhibition

May 12, 3pm Art History Student Research Symposium

May 12, 5-7pm Reception for Symposium and Senior Show

June 2-9, 9am-4pm Student Juried Show



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