Professor Emeritus Wayne Thiebaud taught at UC Davis for more than 40 years.
His brilliance, talent, warmth and generosity leave a legacy that will live on and enrich our campus and the world for generations to come.
“Wayne Thiebaud had a profound and lasting influence on our university, but his legacy transcends UC Davis. He was beloved as an artist, professor, mentor, father, grandfather, philanthropist and community leader,” said UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May. “He was a brilliant artist, and his work will forever encourage us to see our world in a more textural light, where common objects can ascend to profound and iconic heights.”
As an artist, he deeply valued his role as teacher.
“Wayne Thiebaud believed teaching and learning were life's most important pursuits. He loved to read, discuss, and look together with his students,” said Rachel Teagle, founding director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. “‘Painting is a team sport,’” he liked to say. “And for his many, many lifelong students, learning with Wayne was a great honor.”
Gifts to the Wayne Thiebaud Legacy Fund will go towards the Manetti Shrem Museum’s education programs to ensure they remain Free for All.