New director named for UC Davis’ Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art | Arts & Culture
An innovative educator and museum director with experience launching new museum facilities and designing one-of-a-kind museum programs has been selected as the first director of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.
Rachel Teagle will bring more than 15 years of experience as a museum director and curator in San Diego and the Bay Area to her new role as director of the UC Davis museum, which is slated for completion in 2016.
Teagle, who is known for her work in arts education and in building new audiences for contemporary art, begins the job this week. She will lead the museum to completion and build an exhibition and educational program.
“I am thrilled to join UC Davis and humbled by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to launch an art museum,” Teagle said. “UC Davis’ illustrious arts alumni and its legacy in the arts are key components of the university’s history of achievement. I look forward to working with members of the university and the community to create a world-class museum.”
Teagle, who earned a doctoral degree in contemporary art history from Stanford University, most recently served for five years as the executive director of The New Children’s Museum in San Diego. She led the team that distinguished the museum as the only museum in the United States dedicated to commissioning leading contemporary artists to create works for children. She also led a successful $27 million capital campaign for a major renovation of the museum.
At The New Children’s Museum, Teagle also spearheaded educational programs that focused on public engagement and teaching art appreciation to families, with a goal of making art more meaningful and accessible to visitors.
She has also held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bay Area’s Anderson Collection, a private collection made up primarily of post-World War II American art.
The museum at UC Davis was named in December for donors Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in the Napa Valley, and his wife, arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem. They gave $10 million to name the museum, which will serve as a teaching and cultural resource for the region.
The museum will provide contemporary space for galleries, seminars, research and public gatherings. It will also house the university’s fine arts collection, which contains more than 4,000 works of art including works by former art department faculty such as Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley.
The museum, part of a long-range master plan for the university’s new south entrance, will be constructed on a 1.6 acre site adjacent to the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the UC Davis Conference Center and Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. Hall, home of the university’s Graduate School of Management.
Both Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem expressed their support for the recruitment. “We feel very fortunate to warmly welcome Rachel Teagle to the UC Davis campus and community, which has, in many ways, become our second family,” the Shrems said. “Her tremendous history of collaborating with artists, educators and audiences brings so many wonderful strengths to the museum project. We look forward to working with her and supporting her every step of the way.”