Classes and exhibitions

Classes and exhibitions

Tucked here and there across the UC Davis campus are exhibit spaces and education centers that challenge the mind and feed the artistic soul. The campus community can find arts and culture in the guise of a potter’s wheel, exhibitions devoted to campus life or rare books about the Old West.

The Craft Center

Located in the South Silo Building, the Craft Center teaches a variety of crafts and has a smaller gallery that features the work of regional artists, including center instructors. Craft classes include glass work, photography and screen-printing.

The Experimental College

A long-time alternative education source at UC Davis, the Experimental College offers forum for learning and an outlet for individuals to share their interests and skills in an informal, cooperative setting. Classes are offered in music, dance, martial arts, massage, finance, cooking and social justice.

Shields Library

The University Library’s main building, Shields Library, collects and displays the works of current and former members of the UC Davis Department of Art and Art History, including national figures such as Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. Shields also shows academically themed exhibits in the first-floor lobby display cases.

Special Collections

For a treat, visit the Special Collections department in Shields Library which houses rare books, manuscript collections and the University Archives. Of special note is the Michael and Margaret B. Harrison Western Research Center Collection, a large private collection on Western history that was donated to the University of California.

The MU Art Lounge

Take a break from studying and browse exhibits that feature work from UC Davis classes, student organizations and programs, and campus departments, by visiting the second-floor student lounge in the Memorial Union.

The Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

The campus visitor center exhibits contemporary and historical California art in its public areas, often showcasing campus painters and photographers or focusing on UC Davis themes.