Goodbye Berkeley, Hello Davis!

Last Friday, December 4, was my last day at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. It all happened fairly quickly. And with no time off (except a weekend of animal shelter volunteering, school work, and laundry), I started today at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.

Going away party at BAMPFA. Just when I got my work space at the new building set up!

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum is under construction (yes, another new museum in my life) and it’s going to be fabulous!

Opening slated for Fall 2016.
It will get more fabulous as the construction progresses.

Until construction is further along, the museum administrative offices are in Nelson Hall. The Nelson Gallery is closed as of June 2015. The building used to be the University Club for faculty and staff. I remember thinking, back in my student days, that it was a building I would never enter, but now I am working there! Life is strange. It’s a sort of funky building but it’s in a beautiful setting.

Nelson sign 1
Sorry, the gallery is closed.
Nelson Hall 4
Nelson Hall

My desk set-up is temporary, but it will do!

temp desk 1
It’s comfortable enough.
Already feeling like home!

Of course, it being the UC system, there is lots of paperwork to do before I can actually start working. I spent the morning at the Shared Services office getting my HR paperwork going. They were very welcoming.


Then I had to go get fingerprinted at the campus police department, so I took a detour around campus to see how much I remembered and how much things had changed. It felt the same but different.

Leaving Nelson Hall toward the Arboretum, there is a great section of sidewalk art, featuring underwater creatures.

I headed through the Arboretum, which looks lovely this time of year, although the water is a bit on the green side. But the recent rains should help freshen things up.

arboretum 1

Lake Spafford
Lake Spafford

bridge 2

bridge locks 1
Okay, it’s not Paris, but it is pretty cute.

Mrak Hall will probably never change. And one of the Robert Arneson Eggheads keeps faithful watch.


One of my favorite spots on campus from my day is still the same–the wisteria arbor  between Mrak Hall and Lake Spafford. Not the time of year for flowers, but come spring it will be a riot of lavender blossoms.

wisteria arbor

Ah, Everson Hall, where I spent 2 years in graduate school in the textiles department. Talk about something that hasn’t changed!


Everson 4
Gladys Everson herself

The Art Department is across the way. It seems like it should be one of the more colorful and interesting buildings, but as you can see, it’s not. When I was a workstudy student at the Nelson Gallery in the 80s, it was in the Art Department on the first floor.

art dept
Back in the 80s, the Nelson Gallery was at the far end, first floor.
music dept
The Music and Theater Department next door to Art is a bit more colorful.

These sculptures on the grounds are strong in my memory, too.

Shamash, 1982, Guy Dill
Bum Bum 2
Bum, Bum, You’ve Been Here Before, 1967, Tio Giambruni


Shields Library was newly remodeled during my student days, and I still think it’s a nice building.


And we can’t talk about UC Davis without mentioning the ubiquitous bicycles. Yes, they are everywhere.


Walker Hall was where I spent a lot of my time as an undergraduate. It was the Design Department then; I’m not sure what goes on there now but it’s a lovelier spot than I remembered.

Walker Hall

Walker tree
I spent many hours trying to draw this tree as a design undergrad. It’s harder than you’d think.

Next stop: the quad. The only thing that really looks different is the addition of the hammocks, which I am in favor of. The world needs more hammocks.

For the record, and risking an argument with the Squirrels of Berkeley fans, I think the squirrels at UC Davis are fatter, healthier, and generally more courteous.

Aggie Pride is everywhere.

Student radio is alive and well at UC Davis. Offices at Freeborn Hall.


Project Compost
Gotta love a place with a Project Compost.

But where are the students, you might ask after seeing all of these pictures. I was thinking the same thing. I finally found them at, of course, the Coffee House!

coffee house blue sign


The Coffee House now is much more sparkly and upscale than it was in my student days. But they kept some of the old touches, like the coffee cup sign and the stained glass, from when it was on the other side of the student union in a much smaller space.


old coffee house
This is where the Coffee House used to be.
coffee house
Much spiffier now.
I approve the addition of espresso machines anywhere.

That concludes today’s tour of my UC Davis. Come visit me if you are in the area! If I’m not in my office, I think you know where to find me. Hint: coffee.


2 thoughts on “Goodbye Berkeley, Hello Davis!

  1. Awww, Genevieve! I didn’t have a chance to say goodbye! All the best to you! Davis is lovely and a great new adventure. A pleasure working with you all these years!


    Sylvia Worthington


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