UC Davis breaks ground on new art museum

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DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Davis is breaking ground on a new $30 million arts museum that has been years in the making.

University officials on Saturday kicked off the eventual construction of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, which will focus on art education for students of all ages.

The Sacramento Bee reports it will showcase the university’s legacy in the arts, including the Golden Era from roughly 1960 to 1980 when well-known artists such as Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson taught there and influenced generations of students.

The site at the south entrance to campus will feature a sculpture by William T. Wiley, an artist who previously taught on the art faculty. The new museum will allow the public to see more of the university’s 5,000-piece collection for the first time.

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