The public is invited to a milestone in the construction of a new art museum on the UC Davis campus.
A ceremony will be held 2 p.m. March 13 during which attendees can sign a building beam to be installed that day and remain visible upon completion of the $30 million Shrem Museum of Art.
A reception and tour of the site will occur after the beam is hoisted into place.
“This special ceremony provides the chance to participate in its construction, and I hope that the campus community will come out and be part of this historic event,” said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.
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The museum is named for Jan Shrem, founder of Clos Pegase winery in Napa County, and his wife, arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem. Jan Shrem donated $10 million for the museum.
The museum, in the University Gateway District, is scheduled to open in the 2016-17 academic year.
The museum building, designed by New York-based architecture firm SO-IL and the San Francisco offices of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, will allow the public, for the first time, to see a larger sample of the UC Davis art collection, which has 5,000 items. The new building will have 30,000 square feet of interconnected interior and exterior spaces, and is being erected across the street from the Mondavi Center.
Renowned artists such as Robert Arneson, William Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud taught a generation of artists at UC Davis who also became well known.
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