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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento State honors artist and alum Wayne Thiebaud

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With honors to renowned artist Wayne Thiebaud and gratitude to a pair of donors who presented the University with an extensive Thiebaud collection, Sacramento State celebrated its annual Green and Gold Gala on Friday, Oct. 5.

University officials announced that, after a second year of record private support, Sacramento State was receiving nearly $2.5 million in new gifts. Chief among them is a collection of 150 Thiebaud works on paper from 1938 to 2004, worth an estimated $1 million.

Thiebaud is an alumnus of Sacramento State, which has awarded him bachelor’s and master’s degrees and an honorary doctorate in fine arts. The donors, who wish to remain anonymous, purchased the collection three years ago.

The pieces will become part of the University’s Special Collections and Archives, where they will be inventoried and available for research or display at exhibitions on campus.

Thiebaud began his work as a cartoonist and enrolled at Sacramento State in 1950. He taught at Sacramento Junior College (now Sacramento City College) and was part of the UC Davis faculty from 1960 until his retirement in the early 1990s. His signature style of brightly colored still-life paintings was established around 1960, and he continues to paint today.

“Sac State offered me the wonderful opportunity to go to school, even after I had graduated,” Thiebaud told Sac State Magazine. “It helped me to develop intellectually and be constantly challenged.”

Poet, Sacramento Bee art critic and alumnus Victoria Dalkey read poetry she wrote specifically in honor of Thiebaud. Dalkey has been published in many magazines and anthologies and is the author of three books: Map of the Pearl, Twenty-Nine Poems and In the Absence of Silver. She is a friend of Thiebaud’s and has written other words about his work.

The University’s faculty and student talent was also on display during the evening. The Latin Jazz Ensemble Quintet, comprised of members of the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble, provided a spirited beat under the leadership of professor Steve Roach.

See accompanying release for details on Sacramento State’s other gifts. For more information contact the University’s Development Department at (916) 278-6989. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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