Arts

Creative Writing Program to Begin Offering MFA Degree Jeffrey Day July 09, 2018
The creative writing program, part of the College of Letters and Science’s English department, will offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing starting in the 2019–2020 academic year.
Students Take Shakespeare Video Game Into Area Classrooms Jeffrey Day June 13, 2018

A dozen UC Davis English majors recently played a video game with area elementary, middle and high school students. While the students had fun, the goal was to see how “Play the Knave” might improve their reading and writing skills and make the works of William Shakespeare more accessible.

What Sets African Sci-Fi Apart

May 23, 2018
In recent years, Africa has developed a rich culture of science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative fiction with several internationally prominent writers, online journals, blogs, and even creation of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Moradewun Adejunmobi, a UC Davis professor in the College of Letters and Science’s Department of African and African American Studies, will speak on the topic at the International House.
Many Disciplines Come Together for One Big Show Jeffrey Day May 16, 2018
Students from seven disciplines — art, design, art history, music, theatre, creative writing and French — will be part of the annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition at UC Davis.
May Is a Month of Arts Collaboration at UC Davis Jeffrey Day April 27, 2018
Students in creative writing and music composition have collaborated on new works that build on other collaborations across disciplines in the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis.

Colloquium Looks at Color in the Ancient World

January 19, 2018
The annual Templeton Colloquium in Art History at UC Davis will journey across oceans and centuries for “The Power of Color: Polychromy and Pigments in Ancient Mediterranean And Latin American Art.”

Music Fest Gives Composers Unique Collaborative Experience

January 09, 2018
The UC Davis Department of Music’s Revision/s Festival has brought together eight emerging composers and top professional ensembles – including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – for a six-months-long collaboration culminating in three concerts.

Professor Emeritus Receives Two Major Awards

January 09, 2018
Internationally renowned artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, UC Davis professor emeritus, is receiving major awards from the College Art Association and the Women’s Caucus for the Arts.

Smells Like A Cool Class

December 11, 2017
Dust off your favorite flannel and Nirvana tee. Professor Robert Newcomb of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has found a way to bring grunge – its music and culture – to UC Davis with his class, “Smells Like Teen Spirit: Grunge and the Seattle Sound.”

Gaming Class Not Just Playing Around

November 16, 2017
The “Experimental Games” class is a cacophony of light and sound as students move around the room playing one another’s games, sharing ideas and just having fun.

A Bright Idea for Rural India

November 16, 2017
In her native India, recent Department of Design MFA graduate Nikitaa Sivaakumar saw people struggling with inadequate lighting and noxious fumes from kerosene lanterns. Her solution is MakeGlow, a lantern made from a small solar panel, rechargeable battery, LEDs and recycled cardboard.

Design Department and City Join Hands to Point the Way

November 09, 2017
Finding one's way around the city of Davis is getting easier thanks to a joint effort by the Department of Design and the city. What started as an environmental design class project has turned into an easy-to-understand sign system for the city’s bicycle pathways.

Puppets, Projectionists and Other Guests Enrich Theatre and Dance

November 02, 2017
 

For 35 years, the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance has invited guest artists, many with international reputations, to work on productions and provide students with insights into careers in the performing arts. Most have been directors or choreographers, but this year is more of a mix: a director with extensive experience in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area who is also a UC Davis graduate; an Obie Award-winning projection artist; and a master puppeteer formerly with the acclaimed Handspring Puppets.

BioDesign Lab: Kombucha, Fashion and Sustainable Design

November 01, 2017
In “BioDesign Theory and Practice,” students get hands-on experience with materials like kombucha culture to learn about sustainable design practices that explore alternatives to the use of plantand animal-based materials, which can take a toll on the environment through energy, water and pesticide use.