• 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 new Studio Art Hall creates a village of interconnected studios.

Upcoming Events

Fiber Studio: exhibition of works by students in the fiber arts class in the Chan Gallery, Rooms 123 and 124 of Studio Art Hall, November 7-21, 2019.

Andrea Zittel gives a lecture as part of the Pinkel Artist Lecture series in Room 122 of Studio Art Hall starting at 10am on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Andrea Zittel has used sculptural practices in relation to creating functional objects for Utopian living. Textiles have played a huge role in Zittel’s work and much of the sculptural works are made by weaving on multiple and different kinds of looms. The work from the Parallel Planar Series is rooted in Russian Constructivism with its bold planes of solid color reminiscent of abstract paintings. According to Zittel, “The works ultimately reflect contemporary culture’s double-edged attraction to consumable art objects” in that we desire to incorporate these objects into our daily living, but also want these status objects to define us culturally.

Pacific Basin Institute film screening Morning of the Earth in Studio Art Hall Room 122 starting at 4:15pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Fiber Studio closing reception from 8-10pm at the Chan Gallery, Studio Art Hall Room 123 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Junior Thesis Art Exhibition: exhibition of works by our junior art majors. On view from December 2-13, 2019. Opening reception from 6-8pm in the Chan Gallery, Studio Art Hall Room 123 on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Estela Sanchez and Their Shapeshifting Personas: solo exhibition at the Chan Gallery, Studio Art Hall Room 123. On view from January 21 - February 21, 2020.

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.