The California Studio was established in 2020 through the generosity of longtime UC Davis arts education benefactors Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem. The California Studio builds on the Department of Art and Art History’s legacy as home to a top-ranked art studio program that, since its founding in 1958, has trained individuals that inspire communities and culture. The California Studio presents contemporary forms of practice and approaches to education that expand upon this history.
The California Studio welcomes a group of visiting artists annually to the Department of Art and Art History. Visiting artists come to UC Davis in one of two types of residencies: Spotlight Artist Residencies and Teaching Artist Residencies.