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Pomona Museum of Art Collections Inspire Local Artists in Collaborative Project with the dA Center

In Front of the Real Thing, an exhibit of new art by local artists inspired by the permanent collections of the Pomona College Museum of Art, opens January 9, at The dA Center for the Arts (252 S. Main St., Pomona Arts Colony), and runs through January 30, 2010.

The unique collaborative project between the Pomona College Museum of Art and The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, started as an idea from Jessica Wimbley and Steve Comba at the Pomona College Museum of Art, as a means to encourage the production of new works of art inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.

The idea was to choose a group of local artists who would be allowed to spend time in the newly remodeled collection study room, designed to provide unprecedented access to objects not on view in a traditional exhibit. The invited artists would choose an artist or particular artwork from the permanent collection and create a new, original work informed and inspired by their choice. The project kicked off with an after-hours reception for the artists at the Pomona College Museum of Art in October.

The participating artists are: Anne Seltzer, Armando Peralta, Athena Hahn, Cheryl Bookout, Chris Toovey, Dee Marcellus Cole, Fr. Bill Moore, Juan Thorp, Kate Thornton, Marcella Swett, Natalie Valle, Perry Marks, Phillip Graffham, Rick Caughman, Rolo Castillo, Steve Ruiz, Walter Christensen, and Whitney Hanlon.

Highlights from the Pomona College Museum collection are:

  • The Samuel H. Kress Collection - In 1961, Pomona College was one of a select group of academic institutions that received a gift of works of art from the extensive collection of Samuel H. Kress. Selected by the college on the basis of intrinsic quality and stylistic diversity, the thirteen works range in date from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century.
  • The Native American Collection - Brought together over the last 70 years, Pomona College's superb collection of almost 5000 Native American artifacts is particularly rich in Californian and Southwestern basketry, Southwestern ceramics, both Pre-Columbian and Historic, and in beadwork of the Plains and Great Lakes. These pieces were integral parts of daily life for the peoples who created them; they include clothing and household items like blankets and cookware, as well as decorative works, weapons and ritual objects.
  • Etchings of Francisco de Goya - Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) was one of history's most masterful printmakers and social satirists. Pomona College Museum of Art is proud to own first edition sets of all four of his etching series, a total of 211 prints. Los Caprichos, 1799; Los Desastres de la Guerra, 1810-20; Los Disparates (also known as Los Proverbios), 1815-24 and La Tauromaquia, 1816.
  • Jose Clemente Orozco’s Prometheus - Seventeen preparatory works for the Prometheus mural in Frary Hall.

The Pomona College Museum of Art also houses a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs.

Exhibition Dates

January 9 to January 30, 2010
Artists Preview Party: Thursday, January 7, 6-9pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 6-10pm (2nd Saturday Artwalk)
Closing Reception: Saturday, January 30, 6-8pm

Special Events
Saturday, January 30, 8pm free concert with The Sugar Mountain Mamas


The dA Center for the Arts
Terry Taylor Castillo
Gallery Director
Phone: 909-397-9716 
The dA Center for the Arts is a non-profit community organization that has been the heart of the Pomona Arts Colony for 25 years.

Pomona College Museum of Art
Jessica Wimbley
Museum Coordinator
Montgomery Art Center
Phone: 909-607-7543, email: 

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