Davis Introduces One of The Largest Public Art Walks in the Country

In the past year, the city of Davis has introduced over fifty pieces of public art in it's scenic downtown and university. It's a celebration of the city's historic art past and pioneering artistic spirit.

Online PR News – 07-August-2013 – Davis, Ca – The Davis Transmedia Art Walk is a free, self-guided, public art wonder that combines the latest technology with art from the top painters and sculptors in the country. It is the only walk of it’s kind in the country. The Transmedia Art Walk started with 10 sculptures in January 2012 and now has expanded throughout downtown Davis. The walk consists of over fifty pieces of public art and 15 galleries and museums all in downtown Davis and the University of Davis campus. Since the 1950’s Davis has been the center of the California Art scene. Art pioneers such as Manuel Neri, Roy DeForest, Wayne Thiebuad, and Robert Arneson have called Davis home. Continuing this legacy is the world-class Mondavi Performing Arts Center, the Davis Mural team, and top-notch art venues such as the Richard Nelson Gallery, the Pence Gallery, and John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, along with the Artery, one of the most enduring of artist cooperatives. Neighboring UC Davis is home to one of the best art programs in the country, further contributing to Davis’s unique art legacy.

The art pieces are all within walking distance of each other. The walk is a roughly circuitous path that can be completed within an hour or two. Every piece of art on the Art Walk has been embedded with an RFID chip. Using a cellphone that supports this technology, you access multimedia files that relate to each work. You can even leave a comment or “burn your own message” for other visitors to see.

The Davis Transmedia Art tour was the result of community leaders, the Davis Cultural Action Committee, Monto Kumagai and the Bulatag Project, the Davis Mural Team, the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, and the university coming together to create one of the largest public art collections per square mile of any city in the nation. Though other cities around the globe have attempted to replicate the idea of art walk, none can compete with the unique experience that the Davis provides.
The tour is available at any time with maps available at the Yolo Visitor’s Bureau and John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. Artist and curator lead group and family art walking tours are held by appointment only Saturday and Sunday. The guided tour is available for a minimal fee and lasts between 2-3 hours. For more information about the Davis Art Walk map, visit www.natsoulas.com or art@natsoulas.com

Featured artists
Finley Fryer, Lisa Reinerston, Terry Buckendorf, John Toki, Alex Reisfar, Susannah Israel, Kerry Rowland-Avrech, Jean Van Keuren, Robert Behrens, Myron Stephens, Jonathan Hammond, Soyako Dairiki, Sara Post, Guy Diehl, Joe Bellacera, Mark Rivera, James Chaffee, Wes Horn, Victoria, Smith, David Middlebrook, Kahtleen Kasper Noonan, Jeff Reed, Donna Billick, Sandra Shannonhouse, Susan Shelton, Kelly Deweiler, Jeff Downing, Cedric Wentworth, Patrick Siler, Robert Arneson, Ralph Johnson, Tio Biambruni, Guy Dill, Steve Gillman, Charlie Schneider