Richard Nelson, the founding chair of the UC Davis Department of Art, recruited artists in the

Richard Nelson, the founding chair of the UC Davis Department of Art, recruited artists in the 1960s to create a faculty that included Wayne Thiebaud, William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson, Manuel Neri and others whose work now is displayed in museums worldwide. Their work continues, through art faculty members and students. Here, we feature three female artists who studied at UC Davis over two decades — their media are performance art, sculpture and ceramics. Angela Willetts was working on her M.F.A. at UC Davis a few years ago when Annabeth Rosen, a ceramicist and Robert Arneson chair of art and art history, walked into her studio. “She said, ‘you are really good at making things look pretty.’’’ There is always the but. She also urged Willetts to work on something challenging. Willetts took her advice to heart, figuring out where she should go next. It was not comfortable at first, she admitted. Raised and educated in England, Willetts was more accustomed to a regimented learning style. She studied economics, English and history in high school. But she always wanted to be an artist. Her previous education was completely unlike the free-flowing work atmosphere in UC Davis studios. ...

Abingdon police officer killed: Ten arrested in murder investigation

This is the first picture of a newlywed 26-year-old police officer murdered while responding to reports of a burglary.   PC Andrew Harper was allegedly struck by a car in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, and dragged under it for a distance, before being hit by another car. Ten males aged 13 to 30 were arrested on suspicion of murder and are being held in police custody at police stations across the Thames Valley region. The incident in the countryside at about 11.30pm yesterday happened just three miles from the home of Carole and Michael Middleton, the mother and father of the Duchess of Cambridge.  It followed a 24-hour crime wave of a teenager stabbed to death in South London, a father fatally assaulted with a screwdriver in Newcastle and a man attacked outside the Home Office. Just last week a police officer was stabbed by a man armed with a machete in Leyton, East London. The officer only escaped with his life after firing his Taser.  The incident also comes only days after a married 42-year-old West Midlands Police constable was run over by a suspected car thief in Birmingham last week.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted this morning: ‘I am deeply shocked and appalled by ...