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  • Ceramic statue of Robert Arneson in sunglasses and a blue work shirt

    Among the pieces in the Oakland exhibition is Robert Arneson's “California Artist,” 1982; collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, gift of the Modern Art Council © Estate of Robert Arneson/licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Painting with many dogs

    Roy De Forest is known for his colorful paintings, including “Country Dog Gentlemen,” 1972; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Hamilton-Wells Collection; © Estate of Roy De Forest/licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

  • Sculture of a woman

    Sculptor Manuel Neri's work often depicted figures such as this woman in Untitled ("Seated Woman"), 1979; collection of the Oakland Museum of California, gift of the Collectors Gallery and National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Detail from a painting with a shelf of blocks and other abstract food objects

    Famous for his paintings of food, Wayne Thiebaud created “Delicatessen Counter” in 1961; collection of the Oakland Museum of California, gift of Concours d’Antiques, Art Guild.

  • This piece by William T. Wiley, “Slant Step,” 1966, depicts a UC Davis icon picked up at a salvage shop. The Wiley sculpture is from the collection of the Oakland Museum of California and an anonymous donor.

Spotlight on UC Davis’ artistic legacy

By Jeffrey Day

During the 1960s, UC Davis was a place where some of the nation’s most adventuresome artists worked and taught, thriving in a protected hothouse of creativity.

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