UC Davis Today: Creativity in action

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Creativity in motion

Students in the nationally recognized UC Davis art department learn — through analysis or practice — how art is the key to a richer understanding of the human experience. 

At UC Davis, innovation in art is the tradition — in the 1960s, faculty were at the forefront of a movement that brought California recognition as an important art center. Today, new concentrations like technocultural studies are shaping the way people use poetics, aesthetics, history, politics and the environment to understand technology and the media.

The art studio concentration aims to prepare visual artists in a wide range of media — drawing, ceramic and clay, painting, photography, printmaking, video and sculpture. And, the art history program takes a critical look at how the visual arts in civilization — from East to West — have changed over time.

Guided by accomplished faculty and a deeply supportive learning environment, students in all concentrations hone their artistic and perceptive abilities for careers in art, teaching or other fields.

(First-year student Sophia Lisaius builds a cement fish mold during a sculpture class taught by Tom Bills. The art professor gives abstract assignments that encourage students to journey from craft to art. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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