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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).

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A Museum for the 21st Century


UC Davis has selected the final design for the museum. Architect SO - IL, in partnership with architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and contractor Whiting-Turner, designed the new museum. Read about the museum design here. 

Shrem Museum in Sactown Magazine

Cover of February/March issue of Sactown Magazine

Look for us in Sactown magazine’s February/March 2014 issue! Download insert here.

Groundbreaking for the Museum


Join Us!

The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Shrem Museum will occur at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 1, at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for Performing Arts. The ceremony will be indoors, and will process outdoors as William Wiley rings his piece, Gong, which will be installed outside the Mondavi Center. Afterwards, you are welcome to join an art fair and reception. Students will display their work, and the museum’s architects will give a talk at 4:30pm.

If you would like to attend, please email: eventrsvp@ucdavis.edu.

As the new museum is under construction, exhibitions will continue through the Nelson Gallery at Nelson Hall.

Photo credits for the above images on the Events page.
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.