• 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. 

New art building

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

Upcoming and Current Events

Balance, the principle which keeps our world in harmony, will be the next exhibition held online as part of the Chan Gallery in the Pomona College Art Department. Student curators Ise Henriques Sharp and Alex Dean are receiving submissions now through Sept. 17th. Please reach out to Ise Henriques Sharp at iasa2017@mymail.pomona.edu  for questions and submission info.

Art major Ise Henriques Sharp '21 is co-founder of the Static Arts Collective, a group of student artists. They organized an online exhibition featuring works by student artists across the globe from middle school through college. View the exhibition here and visit them on Instagram here.

Ian Byers-Gamber '14 featured in the Los Angeles Times in an article by Carolina Miranda titled Pandemic portraits: Ian Byers-Gamber captures the art world from his car.

No Need For Shower Shoes: Senior Art Exhibition Spring 2020 - works by senior art majors that will include drawings, fiber arts, paintings, prints, sculptures, videos and more. The exhibition will be viewable online through May 15, 2021.

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.