• Sculpture class with Professor Michael O’Malley
    Sculpture class with Professor Michael O’Malley
  • Painting class with Professor Sandeep Mukherjee
    Painting class with Professor Sandeep Mukherjee
  • Photography class with Professor Lisa Auerbach
    Photography class with Professor Lisa Auerbach
  • Printmaking with Professor Mercedes Teixido
    Printmaking with Professor Mercedes Teixido
  • Professor Mark Allen emceeing the dedication of the Studio Art Hall
    Professor Mark Allen emceeing the dedication of the Studio Art Hall

Improve your skills in painting, drawing, photography, design, digital media, sculpture, performance, installation and social practice, while learning about contemporary art, theory and historical precedent. 

Pomona College’s innovative new Studio Art Hall creates a village of interconnected studios.

Upcoming Events

Loren Holland | Kim Ye exhibition at Chan Gallery September 4 – October 6, 2018. Reception with the artists on Thursday, September 27th from 3-4:30pm.

Art 21 screening of Johannesburg episode featuring David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi, and Robin Rhode in our theater on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Reception at 4 p.m. with screening following at 4:30 p.m. Hosted by the Art Department and Pomona College Museum of Art's Art After Hours.

The LSB Institute will lead a closing event as part of Kim Ye's exhibition Lady Scumbag 2.0 at the Chan Gallery on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 2-5pm. Organized by Vicki Syal and Kim Ye, this event asks: Can one achieve self-liberation through institutional engagement?

"Gendering Memories of Iraq," a collective performance created by artist Hayv Kahraman on the Terrace of Studio Art Hall from 7-9pm on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Hosted by the Pomona College Museum of Art's Art After Hours.

Our art department has a rich creative past, present and future. We have alumni of global renown, professors whose work is critically acclaimed, and students developing their own artistic practice in spaces that inspire.

We offer courses in sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and digital art, and you can take classes at the other Claremont Colleges as well. All of these courses are defined broadly and many students combine media.

Our classes are small, so you will interact closely with your professors as you create a body of work that reflects your interests and ever-growing skills. Our professors are practicing contemporary artists—painters, sculptors, photographers, and performance and computer artists.

As you refine your artistry, your awareness of contemporary and historical contexts will expand. The culmination of your curriculum will be a senior exhibition at the Studio Art Hall's Bernard Charnwut Chan Gallery.

Our home in the striking new Studio Art Hall is an environment that nurtures imagination and invites collaboration. Our facilities allow students to work in a tremendous variety of 2D and 3D forms.

Our proximity to Los Angeles will expose you to the work of a great range of artists, artist practices and institutions.

Marcia Hafif '51, Barbara T. Smith '53, Richard Chamberlain '56, Helen Pashgian ’56, Mowry Baden '58, Caroline Hightower '58, Michael Spafford '59, Phil Van Aver '61, James Turrell ’65, Judy Fiskin '66, Michael Brewster '68, Chris Burden ’69, Hap Tivey '69, Peter Shelton ’73, Denise Marika ’77, Michael Parker ’00, and Kim Ye ’07 are among our notable alumni.