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Property Name TB-9
Reference Number 16000153
State California
County Yolo
Town Davis
Street Address SW comer of Old Davis Rd. and Hutchinson Dr., University of California. Davis
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 4/12/2016
Areas of Significance Art, Education
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TB-9�s areas of significance are art and education, and its historical context includes its association with the development of the sculptural ceramics program at the University of California Davis, its association with the history of ceramic art in both California and the United States, and its association with a nationally recognized ceramic artist. TB-9 is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A because it is the site where the Funk Figurative Ceramics Movement began, a movement that was influential in altering the history of American ceramics. TB-9 is also eligible for the National Register under Criterion B because Robert Arneson, a nationally acclaimed ceramic artist who started the Funk Figurative Ceramics Movement, produced his most significant and influential work in his studio at TB-9. Even though Robert Arneson retained his affiliation with TB-9 through his retirement in 1991, by 1976 he had moved to Benicia and created the majority of his later work at his studio there. Also, by the mid-1970s, Funk Figurative Ceramics was a well-established and recognized art movement. Because of Arneson�s fame and reputation as an innovative teacher, the ceramics program at Davis became impacted. Admission to the program became highly selective due to excessive applications. Arneson no longer had control of recruiting or selecting students, leading to a more institutional, rigorous and formal atmosphere. Innovation and creativity yielded to a self-conscious and conforming attitude, especially after Arneson stopped working exclusively in his TB-9 studio.2 Because TB-9s period of significance ends within the past fifty years, the building is not eligible for the National Register without establishing its exceptional significance under Criteria Consideration G.3 An in-depth scholarly evaluation of TB-9 demonstrates how the development of the Funk Figurative Ceramics Movement at this site and its affiliation with Robert Arneson, the nationally and internationally recognized founder of this movement contributed to the history of American ceramics in a way that meets the requirement for exceptional significance.

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