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Renny Pritikin kicks off Sac State art lectures


Renny Pritikin of the Nelson Gallery will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Kadema Hall.
Renny Pritikin, director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis, kicks off the “Professions of Art: A Lecture Series,” which features four guest speakers at Sacramento State.

Sponsored by Sacramento State’s Art Department, Pritikin’s presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the University’s Kadema Hall Room 145. He will speak about his professional career, contemporary art and the art world of the Sacramento-Davis “Flatlander” region.

Pritikin is known for giving early support to such noted artists as Nayland Blake, Nancy Rubins, Fred Tomaselli, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Johanssen and many others.

He has also brought popular culture works into the museum context, including exhibits by auto customizer Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and magician and historian Ricky Jay.

Pritikin is the former chief curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and former co-director of New Langton Arts, both in San Francisco.

His career highlights include a State Department-sponsored lecture series at Japanese museums in 1995, curator of the U.S. exhibition at the 2002 Cuenca, Ecuador Biennial, and he has been a senior adjunct professor in the curatorial practices graduate program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco since its inception in 2003.

Each presentation in “Professions of Art: A Lecture Series” is held at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. The series continues Oct. 13 with Shelly Willis, director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program; Nov. 10 with James Housefield, UC Davis professor of design and architecture; and Dec. 8 with Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, director of education at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum.

For more information, visit the Art Department at or call (916) 278-6166.

– Craig Koscho