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1960s

1962–92 1962

Roy De Forest often hangs out at Adeliza McHugh’s Candy Store Gallery, where Nut artists and Hairy Who artists gather.

1966

Bruce Nauman receives his MFA from UC Davis.

1966

Stephen Kaltenbach earns his BA from UC Davis.

1967

Stephen Kaltenbach earns his MA from UC Davis.

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1968–72 1968

Roy De Forest is included in group exhibitions at the Candy Store Gallery.

1968–69 1968

While living in New York, Stephen Kaltenbach makes his version of the slant step, an object found in a Northern California salvage shop and brought back to UC Davis. There it became an unlikely source of inspiration for students and faculty.

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1960s–70s 1969

Adeliza McHugh’s Candy Store Gallery (1962–92) in Folsom, California, becomes an important place for Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt to show and mingle with Funk artists like Roy De Forest.

1969–72 1969

Jim Nutt has solo exhibitions at the Candy Store Gallery.

1969

Infuriated with being defined as Funk artists, Roy De Forest and others coin the term “Nut Art,” which primarily refers to artists teaching at UC Davis.

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1970s

1970

Jim Nutt is included in the group exhibition Three Famous Artists from Chicago at the Candy Store Gallery.

Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt discuss their initial impressions of Adeliza McHugh and the importance of the Candy Store Gallery in the Bay Area art community. Interview for _Candy Store Film Project_ by Laurence Campling, 2012.

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1971

Gladys Nilsson has a solo show at the Candy Store Gallery

1971

Roy De Forest has a solo exhibition at the Candy Store Gallery.

1972

Robert Cumming and Roy De Forest participate in the Nut Art exhibition at the University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward.

1972

Roy De Forest designs the cover for the Nut Art exhibition catalogue. As part of his catalogue contribution, De Forest defines Nut Art: “The work of a peculiar and eccentric nut can truly be called ‘nut art’ … the nut artificer travels in a phantasmagoric micro-world, small and extremely compact, as is the light of a dwarf star imploding inward and in passage collapsing paradise and hell to one as it vanishes forever with our joys, sorrows and unrequited love.”

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1980s

1980s 1980

Roy De Forest has solo exhibitions at UC Davis’s Nelson Gallery in 1980 and 1983.

1987

Gladys Nilsson has a solo show at the Candy Store Gallery.

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UC Davis and the Slant Step

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The Candy Store Gallery

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