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Grad Students Across Creative Disciplines Showcase Work at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 (All day)
This article was originally published in The Sacramento Bee. 

Pictured: “Shades of Brown #3” by Adriana Arriaga 

Twenty-four UC Davis graduate students, across a wide range of creative disciplines, will showcase their work at an upcoming exhibition on campus.

The Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition opens Wednesday, with an opening celebration Thursday. The exhibition includes students across the arts and humanities at UC Davis, including students in English, design, art, music, theater and dance.

The annual exhibition will be on display through June 16.

Six Studio Art M.F.A. students will show their works, including paintings, sculpture, installations and mixed media pieces, according to UC Davis.

One student, Adam Cochran, will show a wall of 50 paintings, which a news release said “explores how movies, television shows, sports, politics, and even comic books perpetuate a patriarchal, hyper-masculine ideal that has a negative impact on society and individuals.”

Sarah Frieberg used her background in horticulture to create pieces made from soil, tea, honey and eggs that “change over time and involve high levels of experimentation and uncertainty,” according to the release.

Six master’s students in the design program will show projects involving political posters, landscape design, interactive storytelling and more.

One design project, by Adriana Arriaga, “tackles social justice issues” and “focuses on contemporary Xicana posters and how they can be used to build community,” the release said.

Persia Masoudi created an interactive video for the exhibit, which takes viewers on the journey of a fictional immigrant, the release said.

Outside of studio art and design, many other majors are contributing students’ work as well.

A doctoral music student, Sarah Wald, created an interactive project that allows visitors to create their own compositions. A theater and creative writing student duo jointly created an experimental performance, and two students created a mini-opera.

The exhibition will also include several presentations from English and art history students.

If You Go

What: The 2019 Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition
Where: The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 254 Old Davis Rd, Davis
When: May 29 to June 16, opening reception May 30 at 6 p.m.
Admission to the exhibit and all related events is free and open to the public.

About Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes over 100 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options, bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become leaders in their fields: researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. They go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

For information on Graduate Studies’ current strategic initiatives, visit the Graduate Studies strategic plan page.

UC Davis graduate students from the College of Letters and Science talk about their life and work on and off campus. Tory Brykalski is a Ph.D. student in the Cultural Anthropology graduate program at UC Davis.

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