A half century ago, a team of young artists, including Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson, arrived at the University of California, Davis, to help build a new art department -- and changed the art world.
The university is honoring that legacy today by tapping three innovative architect-contractor teams to compete in the creation of a design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art -- a planned museum whose vision is as bold as Thiebaud’s pop imagery or Arneson’s irreverent ceramics.
“Our slate of architects reflects the founding philosophy of the UC Davis art department, built by untested individuals who rose to prominence with the work they made here,” said Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. “We are thrilled to name these three visionary teams who will honor our distinction as an international center of innovation and propel us into the future.”
The teams that will compete to build the museum near the campus’s south entrance are: