UC Davis art faculty are showcased through words and creative expression

By From page A3 | January 04, 2012

An 8-by-8-foot snowflake cyanotype by Robin Hill, an associate professor of art at UC Davis, is among the works on exhibit as part of "Between the Quotes: Work by UC Davis Art Faculty" at the Pence Gallery. The show opens Jan. 11 and will be up through Feb. 29. Courtesy photo

The Pence Gallery’s first exhibit of 2012 promises to be both thought-provoking and meaty. During the fall, I got a glimpse into the studios of 12 members of the renowned UC Davis art department. The result is on view from Jan. 11 through Feb. 29 at the Pence Gallery, 212 D St. in downtown Davis.

Titled “Between the Quotes: Work by UC Davis Art Faculty,” the display includes paintings by Timothy Berry, David Hollowell, Hearne Pardee, Bryce Vinokurov and Gina Werfel; photographs by Robin Hill, Matthias Geiger and Youngsuk Suh; video and sculpture by Darrin Martin; and sculpture by Tom Bills, Lucy Puls and Annabeth Rosen, alongside recent drawings.

Expanded in scope from the Pence’s faculty exhibit in 2006, “Between the Quotes” offers the community a rare insight into what these well-established artists are creating in our own back yard, but often only exhibiting in museums and galleries across the country.

Pardee’s collage of a view in his studio is created but a few blocks from the Pence, yet how often do we get a chance to step inside such a private space? Hill’s 8-by-8-foot magnified view of a snowflake is another work that has been seen in Los Angeles and beyond, but actually resulted from the collaboration of Hill and UCD math professor Janko Gravner.

As teachers, each professor is tasked with educating and inspiring the next generation of artists. Pulling from diverse sources when preparing for lectures, they often incorporate salient quotes on the nature of art, or the role of the artist.

Displayed alongside the artwork in the exhibit, these quotations encourage dynamic and thought-provoking conversations, paralleling discussions from the classroom.

We invite you to attend our opening reception on Friday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. to meet the artists and view this amazing display of recent work. Visitors also can listen to live music and create an art project led by UCD students. Look for a panel discussion with several of the faculty next month, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

This exhibit and related programs are sponsored by the UCD art department and the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies (Herbert A. Young Society fund).


In our upstairs gallery, an exhibit titled “In Their Prime” features textiles, sculpture and paintings by senior artists such as Meredith Burns, Mary Cooper, Peggy Epstein, Jane Garritson, Jeffrey Granett, Jody House, Hilda Keefer, Kitty Leibhardt, Birgitta Olsen, Richard Radcliff, Norma Rice, Marilyn Judson, Corrine Singleton and Leo Huitt.

As Kitty Leibhardt suggests, “Our goal is to honor the work of senior artists and to inspire others to view this period of life as productive, creative and joyful as the past.”

Some of the included works are by artists who have recently come to art; other pieces are by artists who have been making art all their lives, but have found a different medium. These talented artists believe that “honoring the creative force can propel us toward new beginnings and add quality to our days.”

The exhibit will be on display Jan. 6-29, and many of the artists will be on hand during the public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. We invite you to come see this extraordinary show, and to chat with the artists.

Film buffs and art aficionados are invited to enjoy the film “Pollock,” based on abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock’s life, on Thursday, Jan. 19. Plagued by his genius as well as his eccentricities, Pollock (played by Ed Harris), with the help of his wife and fellow artist Lee Krasner (Marcia Gay Harden), struggles to cope while his career launches him into notoriety.

The film starts at 7:30 p.m., and is rated R (122 minutes). Cost is $5 or $3 for Pence members, and includes all the popcorn you can eat.

— Natalie Nelson is executive director and curator of the Pence Gallery. Her column is published monthly.

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