Established more than 30 years ago, the John Natsoulas Gallery has earned numerous honors, supported emerging artists, sponsored numerous art and cultural events, and advanced fine art with its dynamic and forward-thinking concern.
Today, the Gallery continues in this direction, producing historical and high-profile exhibitions, publishing hundreds of artists’ catalogs and books, hosting educational conferences, and spearheading the country’s first Transmedia Art Walk in downtown Davis, with its collection of 70-plus sculptures and murals produced by local artists.
Throughout its life, the Gallery has launched several major retrospectives of nationally and internationally-known museum artists, including Camille Claudel, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, Wayne Thiebaud, and David Gilhooly. Early on, the Gallery hosted major exhibits for many painters and sculptors of various periods. These exhibits were vital to movements involving West Coast artists of the 1950s and ‘60s, the San Francisco artist-run Beat galleries, and the California figurative and ceramic art movements—all accompanied by well-documented catalogs and books. Home to the annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, the Gallery is an enduring center for fine art as well as poetry and music.