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About the Museum

About the Museum

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art began with a $2 million gift from Margrit Mondavi and a naming gift of $10 million from Jan Shrem and his wife, Maria Manetti Shrem. The museum will break ground in 2014. (See news for more information).

See the new video about the museum: Art in the Making

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Museum Groundbreaking and Art Installation


The Shrem Museum held a ceremonial groundbreaking on March 1, 2014. Read more about the groundbreaking (press release, story on event), and the installation of William Wiley's Gong (story, Vine video, photos).

Groundbreaking for the Museum


MAKE: A New Museum for UC Davis

October 12, 2014 – May 10, 2015

A new museum is taking shape in Northern California, at UC Davis. As the building is constructed, the museum staff is in the process of creating the programs and spaces that will shape the visitor experience. Opening at the Nelson Gallery this fall, MAKE is part-exhibition, part-forum. Visitors can learn more about the Grand Canopy design and how the museum will make connections to the broader campus and community. Those who want participate in the museum “in the making” can help make decisions about the museum’s furniture, approach to gallery interpretation, and other aspects of the visitor experience. MAKE is about choices, understanding, and experimentation.

Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis

UC Davis Fine Arts Collection

The Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis was established in 1964 by Richard L. Nelson, the founding chair of the Department of Art. Today, the collection contains more than 5,000 works from antiquities to contemporary art.