Jacky Tran '16

Jacky Tran '16

Jacky Tran '16

I transferred to Pomona specifically for the art major. I wanted an environment that was small enough for me to have close faculty interactions, but also the flexibility for me to double major in geology. Geological processes inform my art practice. So it was particularly important for me to be able to make art that might not fit into the "classical" genres of art making.

Pomona has grant money set aside specifically for student-designed art projects. This semester I received a grant to convert my dorm room into faux-sauna. It’s going to be part of my junior show, which explores the relationship between the viewer as a consumer and their contextualization of our lived environment both on a personal and meteorological level. I can’t imagine being able to do thing in anywhere else!

Moreover, I find that the faculty’s connection to the L.A. art scene to be both enlightening and rewarding. All of the professors have been active in the L.A. art scene for years and know about events and working artists. I found Professor Mark Allen’s Performance Art class particularly rewarding. Each class consisted of a workshop with an artist from L.A. and later on in the semester we took a field trip to visit his gallery space [Machine Project] on a Saturday night to watch a non-linear play written by a clairvoyant! It was lovely.

Lastly, I think it’s important to mention the new beautiful building that was finished this year. I was lucky enough to be one of the first students to used the space and have fallen deeply in love with it.