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Arts Events at Pomona

Theatre and Dance

Dance and theatre productions feature student artists in performances of classic and contemporary plays, kabuki, musicals and original works. Majors and nonmajors alike have the opportunity to perform onstage and work behind the scenes in every aspect of theatre—direction, playwriting, lighting, sound, set construction and costume design. Recent productions include: Shakespeare’s Richard II, Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit, Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, Arlene Hutton’s As It Is In Heaven, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.

Visual Arts

The fine art collections of Pomona College are housed in the Pomona College Museum of Art. Among its holdings—selections of which are displayed on a rotating basis—are all four of Francisco de Goya’s etching series and more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century Native American art and artifacts. The museum also brings to campus each year a wide range of exhibits, both historical and contemporary, designed to complement the College’s curricula. Recent exhibitions have featured photographs by Andy Warhol, a collaborative book by Raymond Pettibon, and a cut-paper installation by Kara Walker, named one of the 100 most influential figures in the art by Time in 2007.

The Pomona Student Art Gallery in the Smith Campus Center is dedicated to the display of student photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, mixed media and electronic works. The Pomona College Museum of Art also hosts several student exhibitions each year.


Whatever type of music you’re interested in, you’ll find it here. From rock-'n'-roll garage band performances in the residence halls to symphony concerts in Little Bridges, Pomona offers something for every musical taste—for both performers and fans. If you want to hone your opera singing skills, there are private classes with professional instructors; if you like a cappella, there are several groups for both men and women; or, if you want to just sit back and listen to a concert, the College has a full and varied schedule of performances by visiting artists. Each year about 300 students participate in Music Department ensembles, which draw their membership from The Claremont Colleges and the local community. The groups include choir, glee club, orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, various chamber groups, Balinese Gamelan, and another rotating non-Western music ensemble.

To learn more about the arts and academics at Pomona, visit our Academics site.

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