History of the UC Santa Cruz Davis Art Makers

The Davis Art Makers program (active 2017-2019) honored Bay Area abstract expressionist Jerrold Davis, who had longstanding ties with the UCSC community. It provided opportunities for students to experience and create visual or tactile art with the inspiration and facilitation of a working artist. A collaborative endeavor funded by donors, it was co-sponsored by Cowell, Stevenson, Crown, and Merrill Colleges to serve their students. Each year we chose up to four DAM projects, to be sited at one or more of the sponsoring colleges, open to students from any of these colleges. The program sought to provide opportunities for students with little previous exposure to art, those who may not have visited museums or had artworks in their homes, as well as those already enthusiastic about it, to engage with and create visual and tactile art.

Past events and Facilitators are listed here:

Denise Davidson:

May 11th, 2019

At the May 11th Davis Art Makers event facilitated by Denise Davidson, two concrete benches purchased by Merrill College were mosiacked with two designs, one designed by Merrill staff at a Merrill staff retreat and the other by UCSC student participants of the Davis Art Makers event facilitated by Denise Davidson.  See below for the event advertisement, progress of the bench making, and the final mosiacked benches and installation!


Making of the benches:



Closeups of the finished benches and their installation:




Addi Somekh:

December 2nd, 2018


Erika Perloff:

October 29th and November 4th, 2017


Marianne de Hatten Groh:

April 23rd, 2017

Davis Art Makers with Marianne

Stephen Curl:

March 5th, 2017

Davis Art Makers with Stephen Curl
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