$10 Million Gift Will Help Build New U of California, Davis Art Museum

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For years, most of the UC Davis art collection has languished in storage because of limited space at the university's current museum.

Now, a $10 million gift from a prominent Napa Valley vintner will provide the vital funding needed to bring the university's 5,000 collected works – including seminal works of Northern California art from the latter half of the 20th century – to the fore.

The university will announce today that Clos Pegase winery owner Jan Shrem and friend Maria Manetti Farrow have provided the $10 million to build a new art museum. Theirs is the largest gift ever received by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Farrow Museum of Art, along with the expansion of the Crocker Art Museum, will help establish the Sacramento region as a visual art destination, two museum directors told The Bee.

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