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Visiting the Art and Art History Masters’ shows will improve your health

May 25, 2011

A recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health concluded that men who participate in cultural activities, such as visiting museums and attending the ballet, are happier and healthier. Finally, it pays to be artsy.

And with perfect timing, our Art History and Art Studio Masters candidates are here to help you along your path to well-being. This week, the Art History Program will hold its annual MA candidate symposium, Constructing Identity: Image and Ownership, this Friday, May 27 from 1:30 to 5 pm in Art 217. Boghan Damian, Andrea Lesovsky, Graham McLean, Brittany McKinney, Melissa Gustin, Kristen Koch, Crystal Fountain and Nick Nabas will present their final thesis research.

The following Friday, June 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm marks the opening of the Art Studio MFA thesis exhibition, The House of Other at the Richard L Nelson Gallery. The show will feature the work of Jen Cohen, Lisa Rybovich Cralle, Manuel Fernando Rios, Matthew Taylor, Paul Taylor and Mathew Zefeldt.

Congratulations to our 2011 MA and MFA graduates! Both events are free and open to the public and are guaranteed to increase your fitness levels and maybe even turn-around a bad hair day. (source:, May 23, 2011)

I went to MoMA and….

April 26, 2011

Although New York City’s MoMA is one of the foremost modern art museums in the world, little Annabelle found their collection lacking.  Her comments are just one of many that MoMA has highlighted on their website “I went to MoMA and …”

UCD art major wins “Next Generation”

April 25, 2011

Stephanie Lin, an art studio major here at UCD, took first place at the De Young Museums “New Generations” exhibition for her sculpture “Burn.”  Lin developed “Burn” through her studies in exploring a single material. Congratulations Stephanie!

Dr. Jack Warner on color and vision at the Crocker Art Museum

April 5, 2011

Dr. Jack Werner, Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, will be leading a lecture series, Color Transformations in Impressionism, at the Crocker Art Museum on April 26, May 17 and June 14.  This lecture series will examine the science of color as it was understood during the age of Impressionism and how the aging or ailing eye experiences color. The Visual Resource Facility has been working with Dr. Warner to provide him with high resolution images for his talks and as a result, we are working to enhance our collection of material on optics and vision. For more information about this lecture series, go to the Crocker Art Museum’s Lectures & Symposia.

13th Annual Sacramento Free Museum Day

February 3, 2011

This Saturday, February 5, twenty-six Sacramento area museums will be offering free admission for the 13th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. Museum Day, a Sacramento cultural tradition, invites all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife at numerous participating museums at no cost. The event is sponsored by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and supported by Umpqua Bank.

Participating museums include: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Foundry History Museum, The California Museum, California State Military Museum, California State Capitol Museum, California State Indian Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, The Don and June Salvatori, California Pharmacy Museum, Fairytale Town, Folsom History Museum, Governor’s Mansion State, Historic Park, Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland), Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, Museum of Medical History, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic, Park, Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento History Museum, Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento and Downtown locations).