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Manetti Shrem Museum Grand Opening Ribbon Decoration!

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis will open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 13 featuring a special exhibition of the work of first-generation faculty, but also feature exhibitions of contemporary artists who exemplify the interactive and art-making UC Davis tradition. 

Continuing in that tradition, the Manetti Shrem Museum has commissioned for its Grand Opening celebration UC Davis MFA ('11) artist Lisa Rybovich Crallé to create a 1,500 foot long site­-specific sculpture that will loop around the museum's exterior and the surrounding area during the week leading up to the museum's opening. The sculpture is composed of hundreds of individual fabric "links" that will be hand­ painted by Lisa in collaboration with the greater Davis community during a series of free workshops in Davis, Sacramento and the Napa Valley. The opening weekend will also include activities, performances, and projects from artists based around Northern California, and a special tribute will be held for Roland Petersen, and Wayne Thiebaud, who will be turning 96 on November 15th.

Join us during the month of October at one of our public workshops to make your mark on this massive sculpture! The workshops are free and open to people of all ages. No prior art experience necessary. Paints, brushes, and other supplies will be provided. Come prepared to have fun, and dress to make a mess. The sculpture links painted during this workshop will be on view at the museum during the opening weekend. Please see below for workshop dates, times and locations. No RSVP necessary. Questions? Contact Ann Andreazzi at [email protected], or Susanna Tu at [email protected]

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS (Free, for all ages)

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5th, 10am - 4pm
WHERE: UC Davis campus, Memorial Union Patio

WHEN: Saturday, October 8th, 8am ­-1pm
WHERE: Davis Farmer’s Market at Central Park in Davis (between 3rd and 4th Streets, and C and D)

WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, 1pm ­-4pm
WHERE: Verge Center for the Arts classroom (625 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811)

WHEN: Saturday, October 22, 1pm - 4pm
WHERE: Napa Valley Museum (5​5 Presidents Cir, Yountville, CA 94599)


 

"Windows" Mathew Zefeldt & "(This is Not a) Love Song" Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor

September 8 - October 16, 2016

Opening​ Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6pm - 9pm


Where
: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento 95811
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm; Sunday, 12pm - 5pm
Contact: Susanna Tu | [email protected]| 916.448.2985 

Artist Talk with Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor: Thursday, September 29, 6pm at Verge 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the last installment of UC Davis MFA alumni exhibitions, Windows by Mathew Zefeldt and (This is Not a) Love Song by Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor. in collaboration with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.

These exhibitions are the final two installments of four shows being held in celebration of the partnership between Verge Center for the Arts and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th. Verge, in collaboration with Bay Area artist and UC Davis alumna Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is curating the festivities for the grand opening weekend of the Manetti Shrem. For more information, please visit manettishrem.org.

Windows is a solo exhibition by Minneapolis artist, Mathew Zefeldt. Zefeldt’s paintings are influenced by the multi-tasking nature and imagery of contemporary culture. Paintings within paintings allude to society’s preoccupation with juggling several realities at once, such as having many browser windows open on a computer desktop, or the “picture in picture” feature on televisions. With repeating objects, Zefeldt points to the speed and ease in which one can clone images with Adobe Photoshop; however, each of his handpainted objects reveal the unique flaws that are made with a human hand.

(This is Not a) Love Song is by Sacramento-based artist, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor. O’Connor’s colossal sculptures are created from quilts, bedsheets and various domestic textiles that are layered onto armatures. The results are creatures that are reminiscent of well-loved stuffed animals, yet monstrous due to its size. Each sculpture elicits a certain pathos, with an expression that often straddles two opposite states such as tender and grotesque, light and dark, or sweet and horrific, connecting them to viewers through emotion and physicality.

Partnership between Verge Center for the Arts & Manetti Shrem Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15th, 2016
Contact: Susanna Tu / [email protected] / 916­448­2985

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its partnership with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Museum at the University of California, Davis. The Manetti Shrem Museum opens to the public on Sunday, November 13th, 2016, and will host a celebration with activities, programming, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony created by UC Davis alumna, Lisa Rybovich Crallé. The grand opening weekend’s festivities will be curated by Verge in collaboration with Crallé.

In celebration of our partnership with UC Davis and the Manetti Shrem Museum, Verge has chosen to highlight four outstanding alumni from the UC Davis Art Studio Graduate Program for our summer and fall exhibitions. Two concurrent solo shows will be in the gallery, featuring emerging artists who have graduated in the last 10 years.

The artists in each of the four solo shows are: Lisa Rybovich Crallé (2011), Richard Haley (2007), Mathew Zefeldt (2011), and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor (2005). These UC Davis alumni were chosen based on the high quality of their work, and their continuing achievements in their careers. These four artists also exemplify the variety and strength of artists produced by the UC Davis MFA program, the programmatic vision of Verge, and continue the greater dialogue of contemporary art in this region and beyond.

Please join us on Thursday, July 28, at 6pm​ for an artist talk from Lisa Rybovich Crallé, whose solo show, Bangles​, is currently on view through August 21st. Featuring new work from Crallé, the exhibition ​fills the vertical space of Verge’s main gallery with an immersive installation comprised of large, suspended sculptures. The sculptures’ elongated looping forms incorporate denim, pleather, and coiffed synthetic hair, alluding to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Crallé’s sculptures reduce the human figure to its most basic linear form, adorning the gallery like architectural jewelry.

About the Artist

Lisa Rybovich Crallé is an interdisciplinary artist based in the SF Bay Area. Her installations and collaborative performance projects incorporate elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture to address the possibilities of spectatorship, participation, and embodiment. Lisa is the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award and the 2015 Alternative Exposure Award. Her work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), the Berkeley Art Museum, di Rosa (Napa), Field Projects (NYC), Weekend (LA), The Dublin City Gallery (Ireland) and other venues. Lisa has been an artist in residence at Arteles Center for Creative Art, (Finland), Bubec Sculpture Studio (Prague), Ox-Bow (MI), Art342 (CO), and The Studios of Key West (FL). In addition to her studio practice, Lisa teaches Sculpture at California College of the Arts. For more info: www.lisaRcralle.com 

"Bangles" and "Rehearsals"

Bangles by Lisa Rybovich Crallé
Rehearsals by Richard Haley

July 9 - August 21, 2016

Bangles is a solo exhibition by Bay Area artist, Lisa Rybovich Crallé. For Bangles, Crallé fills the vertical space of Verge’s main gallery with an immersive installation comprised of large, suspended sculptures. The sculptures’ elongated looping forms incorporate denim, pleather, and coiffed synthetic hair, alluding to an archetypal 1960s “girl gang” aesthetic. Crallé’s sculptures reduce the human figure to its most basic linear form, adorning the gallery like architectural jewelry.  

Join us for a conversation with Lisa about her work on Thursday, July 28th, 6pm at Verge.

This exhibition is one of 4 shows being held in celebration of the partnership between Verge Center for the Arts and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th. Verge, in collaboration with Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is curating the festivities for the grand opening weekend of the Manetti Shrem. For more information, please visit manettishrem.org. 

ABOUT THE ARTIST Lisa Rybovich Crallé is an interdisciplinary artist based in the SF Bay Area. Her installations and collaborative performance projects incorporate elements of drawing, painting, and sculpture to address the possibilities of spectatorship, participation, and embodiment. Lisa is the recipient of the 2011 Robert Arneson Award and the 2015 Alternative Exposure Award. Her work has been shown at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), the Berkeley Art Museum, di Rosa (Napa), Field Projects (NYC), Weekend (LA), The Dublin City Gallery (Ireland) and other venues. Lisa has been an artist in residence at Arteles Center for Creative Art, (Finland), Bubec Sculpture Studio (Prague), Ox-Bow (MI), Art342 (CO), and The Studios of Key West (FL). In addition to her studio practice, Lisa teaches Sculpture at California College of the Arts. For more info:www.lisaRcralle.com 

Rehearsals Richard Haley July 9 - August 21, 2016   

Rehearsals is a solo exhibition by Detroit-based artist, Richard Haley. Haley’s works​ investigate the use of surrogates in performance as he documents staged events being performed by inanimate proxies. The surrogates function in a number of ways: as literal casts of Haley’s body parts; as digital 3D renderings; and as traces of the body, such as the impression one would leave behind if lying down in the grass or residue left behind from the ashes of Haley’s cremated body. A number of works employ hand crafted miniature sculptures of everyday objects to be used as stand-ins for the original.  Haley is interested in treating the body as raw material, and with consideration of the body as an apparatus. His stand-ins create attentiveness to the materials they are being made from, and point to the authentic corpus it references. ​ Rehearsals ​ serves to shift the work outside the vernacular of performance and documentation and steer it towards the presence and presentness of sculpture. By using screen-based technology, Haley forces a collision between the hyperreal/unreal virtual world and the tangible physical lived experience, calling into question the ephemeral weightless matter of digital images and their heavy influence on daily lives.
This exhibition is one of 4 shows being held in celebration of the partnership between Verge Center for the Arts and the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, opening November 13th. Verge, in collaboration with Lisa Rybovich Crallé, is curating the festivities for the grand opening weekend of the Manetti Shrem. For more information, please visit manettishrem.org.

ABOUT THE ARTIST Richard Haley is an artist, teacher, and arts writer working in Detroit, MI. His work has been exhibited in galleries and non-profits in New York City, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, and Berlin. Critical praise of his work has been published in the Los Angeles Times , ​ San Francisco Chronicle, and Bad At Sports. In addition his scholarly writings have been published in the peer-reviewed journals ​Body, Space, and Technology and About Performance 

"having happened" UC Davis 2016 Art Studio MFA Thesis Exhibition

having happened

Sarah Chan, Zach Clark, Anna Davidson, Kristin Hough, Jeff Mayry, Julian Tan, Brett Thomas, and Angela Willetts

June 3 - June 19, 2016  

Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 5pm - 8pm Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento 95811 Contact: Robin Hill, Professor & Graduate Program Advisor | [email protected] 

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be hosting this year’s UC Davis Art Studio Master of Fine  Arts Thesis Exhibition, ​ having happened ​ . This year’s Thesis Exhibition presents the work of eight  artists engaged in reflecting and reshaping the world around them. Their art links the concrete  aspects of everyday life and the material realities of their chosen media with macro issues of time,  space, memory, and technology.   Anna Davidson and Angela Willetts utilize living bodies and environments, recording webs of  interaction in video, sculpture, and installation. The traces they present are tactile and shifting,  invoking our own sense of space and the physical imprints we leave on the world. For Zach Clark,  Kristin Hough, and Brett Thomas, the tenuous threads of memory take form in paint, print, and  sculpture. Bubbling through the object or image, the subject of recollection is refracted and reformed.  

This sense of reflection likewise informs Sarah Chan’s videos, which refocus our vision on peripheral  spaces and offer dream­like views of common environments. Jeff Mayry and Julian Tan push  painting past its traditional limits, utilizing processes that invite chance and change. Color bursts  forth from their works’ surfaces, enveloping the viewer in vivid fields of painted form.   As artist Allan Kaprow said of his own seminal “Happenings,” the audience does not simply come to  look at things. Rather, “What has been worked out instead is a form that is as open and fluid as the  shapes of our everyday experience but does not simply imitate them.” ​ having happened ​  likewise  activates our own encounters with the world, inviting us to reexamine the vestiges of our past, the  forms of our present, and the intimations of our future.   The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Art Studio, established in 1969, is a two­year, critically engaged  studio program that provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the visual arts. As part of a  small tight­knit community, students explore a wide range of media and approaches to studio  practice. The Art Studio Program faculty share responsibility for the graduate program. Current  faculty members engage in a broad range of disciplines including sculpture, photography,  time­based media, painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramic sculpture, and include  Darrin Martin,  Hearne Pardee, Shiva Ahmadi,  Lucy Puls, Annabeth Rosen, Youngsuk Suh, Robin Hill, Tim Hyde,  and Gina Werfel.   The exhibition catalog for ​ having happened  ​  marks the third year of a fruitful collaboration between  the Art Studio Masters of Fine Arts students and the Art History Masters of Arts students, under the  direction of Bridget Gilman, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Researcher, Art Studio Program ­ Department of Art  and Art History, UC Davis and Davis Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, Santa Clara  University) and Robin Hill (Professor and Graduate Advisor in Art Studio­ Department of Art and Art  History, UC Davis ). Each artist partnered with an art historian, engaging in an extended dialogue  about the artists’ process and practice. The results, eight interpretive essays written by the Art  History students, are featured in this catalog alongside the artists’ own statements.