Jan. 26, 2012
By Sean Maraz
Athletics Communications Intern
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis student-athletes will be putting aside their athletic endeavors and displaying their artistic sides in the third annual "The Art of Athletes" which will be held in the Basement Gallery at the Art Building on the UC Davis campus, beginning Friday.
The event, which is free to the public, features more than 35 pieces of artwork from 20 student-athletes who represent eight different Aggie teams, and all four undergraduate colleges at UC Davis.
"The Art of Athletes" event has increased in popularity every year since its inception in the fall of 2009. The event was originally developed by former UC Davis running back Brandon Tucker, in conjunction with Professor Mike Henderson of the Studio Art Department. This year's event is being coordinated by Kristina Taylor, a standout for the UC Davis cross country and track and field teams.
The first "The Art of Athletes" event was held in the Log Cabin Gallery in downtown Davis before moving last year to its current location, The Basement Gallery, which is a student-run and student-organized art gallery.
Tucker, who majored in art studio, is looking forward to attending the upcoming show and is “happy and excited to have seen the event prosper over the years.” Brandon explained, “I am glad this event inspires athletes to create art and also gives them a place to display it.”
Michelle Roppeau, the Director of Athletic Academic Advising and an organizer of the event, believes this year’s show will be as successful as those in the past. Roppeau explains, “This year I am most looking forward to the diverse selection of media that are being exhibited. The student-athletes used oil, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, linocut, and gouache to create their works.”
The event’s doors open on Friday at 5 p.m., with an informal reception to meet the student-athlete artists beginning at 5:30. The show runs until 7 p.m. on Friday, is open from noon until 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday.
Editor's note: The Art Building is located across the street from Shields Library and next door to Wright Hall (dramatic art) and the Music Building. For exact location, see http://campusmap.ucdavis.edu/.