Sara and Avery hand weaving with a mini loom at Feminist Art Day

Sara showing Avery how to hand weave with a mini loom at Feminist Art Day in the Salon. Photo by Michelle Qin

January/February saw two concurrent shows in the Chan Gallery with our visiting painting professor Suzanne Wright and artworks from Pomona Art Alumni from the Pomona College Art Department Collection. The Student Art Collection exhibition was organized by current art majors Sara Arthur-Paratley and Marcus Polk. During the run of Suzanne Wright’s show, she brought in collaborator Sarah Faith Gottesdiener to perform “a ritual for protection and creativity” in which participants used symbolism and sigils to unblock their creativity and create new sigils for protection, creativity, and love.

February/March saw Student Art Exhibition, a large scale exhibition of student works from all the art classes offered here at Pomona this semester. There were around 130 artists who showed their works in mediums that ranged from drawing, painting, performance videos, photography, poster design, sculpture, zines, and a combination of various mediums. The exhibition was organized by current art majors Sara Arthur-Paratley, Sophie Morada, Marcus Polk, and Michelle Qin. The show culminated with a celebration in the gallery and DJ Wendy from KSPC spinning in the courtyard outside.

March saw Feminist Art Day in which feminists were invited to join us in the Salon of our building and participate in workshops led by current art majors Sara Arthur-Paratley, Cleo Berliner, Devon Horn, Sophie Morada, and Michelle Qin. The event was organized by Sara Arthur-Paratley, Sophie Morada, and Michelle Qin and featured DJ Wendy from KSPC spinning music for the art makers.

Coming up… a reading and conversation with poet, performer, and librettist Douglas Kearney on April 3rd at 7pm in the theater of Studio Art Hall, Room 122. In the words of the artist himself: “For me, the political is a part of how I see the world … my art making doesn’t begin without realizing who I am and what it means for me to be writing a poem and not doing something else.” Duplex: Junior Thesis Art Exhibition with works by Cleo Berliner, Tom Lin, Marcus Polk, and Alondra Soto will open April 4th and run for two weeks. Then Good Run: Senior Thesis Art Exhibition with works by our graduating art majors will open on April 27th and run for two weeks also. Senior art majors include Sara Arthur-Paratley, Olivia Campbell, Anabel Gomez, Sonia Grunwald, Chris Harding, Clark Hollenberg, Devon Horn, Michelle Qin, Kirsten Tingle, and Jessica Wang. Works will range from drawing and painting to installation art and sculpture.