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Art Is Big at UC Davis

Art is everywhere at UC Davis.

How do you experience arts and culture? Seeing a comedian? Competing on a trivia team? Visiting a museum? Listening to student a cappella or classical music? Whatever your tastes, you can find it here.

And with our campus celebrating 2016-17 as the Year of the Arts, this is a wonderful time to explore and enjoy all that we have to offer.

Sometimes, art can even bring you good luck!

We interact with our outdoor public art. It’s rare that you can’t see somebody posing in front of one of the Eggheads.

Student and pupils use art to get into their study zone: Check out how many are reclining with their laptops near Stone Poem at the Silo or Time Line near Spafford Lake.

And then there is the fun part of our art: The Egghead series becomes a treasure hunt to find all seven.

Besides our art museums, you can also view works by alumni, faculty and others at Shields Library, the Buehler Test Center and in other campus buildings.

Manetti Shrem Museum of Art

Dedicated to art education for students of all ages, our newest museum opened in fall 2016 and includes the UC Davis Fine Arts Collection.

Ann E. Pitzer Center

The new classroom and recital hall provides an acoustically rich venue for concerts by students, faculty and visiting artists.

Craft Center

With more than 90 classes each quarter, you can develop skills such as flame working, ceramics, welding, photography and sewing.

The UC Davis Entertainment Council

Check the ASUCD Entertainment Council’s Facebook page to learn about bands and entertainers who come from across the U.S. to perform here.

Trivia Nights

Got random facts wandering around in your brain? Davis hosts a number of trivia nights downtown to parlay your knowledge while you meet new friends.

Cal Aggie Band-uh

The Band-uh has been marching to an Aggie drummer since 1929, bringing school spirit to our games, rallies and campus celebrations.

Mondavi Center for Performing Arts

One of California’s finest performing arts centers features more than 100 events per year. Student and pupils attend their first performance for free and the rest are half-off.

A Cappella Singing

Listen to the harmonies from Aggie student singing groups — all male, all female and some of both — who compete for who are the most tuneful.

Campus Community Book Project

UC Davis encourages community members to read the same book and attend related events to explore the many aspects of diversity.

Culture Days

Celebrate and learn about the cultures of African Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders, Latinos, Native Americans and those of mixed heritage.

The Davis Feminist Film Festival

Don’t miss the annual opportunity to view independent films that explore perspectives often missing from mainstream media and culture.

International House Davis

Eat exotic food, learn foreign dances and make friends from around the world by getting involved with this nonprofit near campus.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Settle down in your seat for innovative theater and dance created by visiting directors and choreographers as well as our own students and faculty.

Poetry in Davis

Enjoy readings twice a month from the best in local, regional and traveling poets in a program hosted by Andy Jones at the John Natsoulas Gallery.

Cinema and Digital Media

Check out provocative, funny and cutting-edge films, directors and discussions throughout the year hosted by this program.

Department of Music

More than 100 concerts each year are showcases for students, faculty and visiting professional musicians across the musical genres.

Special Collections

For a treat, visit the Special Collections department in Shields Library and find rare books, manuscript collections and the University Archives.

Arts and Entertainment Calendar