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Whether you want to participate, be entertained or be inspired, an abundance of musical, theater, art, design and dance offerings take place on campus all year long.

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts | UC Davis

Mondavi Center Administration Building
530-754-5000; http://www.mondaviarts.org

The Mondavi Center is the premier performance venue in Northern California and the regional destination for the best in music, dance, distinguished speakers, jazz, theater, and world music. UC Davis students receive 50% off every Mondavi Center Presents event ticket, while UC Davis Staff and Faculty enjoy 10% off their ticket purchases. Tickets are available through the Mondavi Center Ticket Office at 530-754-2787 or at http://www.mondaviarts.org.


Department of Music
530-752-5537; http://music.ucdavis.edu

The Department of Music sponsors the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the University Chorus, Early Music Ensemble, Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, several world music ensembles, and chamber music groups. Music majors and other interested students can receive credit for participating in these groups, which perform at concerts and recitals open to the university community. The department sponsors artists-in-residence who give concerts, recitals and lectures. Free noon concerts featuring individual performers and ensembles—both professional musicians and music students—are a favorite weekly event during the school year. The Empyrean Ensemble is in residence on campus. The Department of Music sponsors more than 100 public concerts each year.

Theatre and Dance

Department of Theatre and Dance
Wright Hall; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/theatre-dance

The Theatre and Dance Major Program

The Department of Theatre and Dance facilities are complemented by an excellent faculty and production staff, as well as the Granada-Artist-in-Residence program, which brings a major director, choreographer or playwright to the department three times a year. The faculty includes a group of distinguished scholars in history, theory and criticism whose research and teaching focuses on social engagement and activism. Students, both majors and non-majors, can audition for department productions or apply to the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance to do related work.

The A.B. degree in Theatre and Dance provides students with an appreciation for an understanding of performance and its role in culture and society. The program offers a strong foundation in all aspects of drama, theatre, dance performance, and production. Students build significant skills in specific areas (including acting, directing, choreography, design, playwriting and devising, production skills and management) as well as achieving a broad knowledge of theatre and dance.

Productions and Facilities. Each year's schedule includes opportunities to work with professional directors and choreographers in three Granada Artists-in-Residence productions; the Main Stage Dance/Theatre Productions; Film Festival at UC Davis; projects generated through the Institute for Exploration in Theatre, Dance and Performance; and workshops and performance projects developed by M.F.A and Ph.D. students. These productions are staged in our proscenium (Main), thrust (Wyatt), black box (Arena), performance studio (Della Davidson Performance Studio) and intimate laboratory theatre (Lab A), as well as in the Mondavi Center's Vanderhoef Studio Theatre and Jackson Hall. These productions are part of the academic program of the department and serve an important purpose in the study of theatre and dance. Participation is open to all students.

Art Galleries

Manetti Shrem Museum

530-752-8500; http://manettishremmuseum.ucdavis.edu

UC Davis' new art museum, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, will open on November 13, 2016. The 60-year legacy of experimentation lives on at the Manetti Shrem Museum. Grounded in the work of UC Davis' world-renowned first generation art faculty, the museum will be a hub of creative practice for today's thinkers, makers and innovators, now and for generations to come. When the museum opens, make plans to stop by on your lunch break or between classes and refresh yourself with art and ideas. The museum will be open to all for free.

UC Davis Design Museum

124 Cruess Hall 530-752-6150;

The UC Davis Design Museum and Collection enhances and supports the teaching and research activities of the Department of Design, exploring how design shapes, improves and makes economically viable the objects, technology and environments we use, inhabit and experience every day. The museum exhibits national and international design-related materials including architecture, fashion, textiles, graphics, new media, product, furniture and lighting, and serves as a laboratory for experimental exhibition design and interpretation.

Richard L. Nelson Gallery

Nelson Hall 530-752-8500

The Richard L. Nelson Gallery was dedicated in memory of the first Chairperson of the Art Department at UC Davis. Established as an exhibition venue and teaching resource for the Art Department, the gallery program also serves the campus population, art communities, and general public of Northern California and the Central Valley. The Fine Arts Collection contains over 5,000 objects representing diverse historical periods and cultures, as well as significant holdings in contemporary art, most notably artists associated with the Davis faculty of the “Funk” period: Arneson, Wiley, Thiebaud, Gilhooley, de Forest, Hudson, et. al.

Fine Arts Collection

Art Building, adjacent to the Nelson Gallery 530-752-8500

The Fine Arts Collection, representing various historical periods and cultures, is the UC Davis campus’ major collection of art.

Basement Gallery

Art Building basement

The Basement Gallery is a student-directed gallery that exhibits the artwork of advanced UC Davis art majors. The Basement Gallery is a vital alternative space for seeing important new work and for experiencing interesting and innovative art shows. There are approximately three shows per quarter. For more information, see http://ucdbasementgallery.com/information/.

C.N. Gorman Museum

1316 Hart Hall 530-752-6567; http://gormanmuseum.ucdavis.edu
Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Sun: 2-5 p.m. (PST), closed holidays and holiday weekends.

The C.N. Gorman Museum is committed to the creative expressions of Native American artists, and artists of diverse cultures and histories. Changing exhibits feature contemporary artwork in a wide range of media, reflecting the canon in which Indigenous artists are working today. Founded in 1973 by the Department of Native American Studies, the museum is named in honor of retired faculty member, Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, WWII code-talker, cultural historian, and advocate for Native peoples.

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Updated: November 21, 2017 12:17 PM