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About

The Benton Museum of Art originates lively and innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking.

Our vision is to make the visual arts an essential part of the experience of all Pomona College students. By presenting contemporary and historic works of art for exhibition and study, and placing those works in context, the museum engages, instructs, and delights visitors from a range of audiences. The museum utilizes carefully designed, lively, and innovative exhibitions and programs to link the creative energy of making art and experiencing art. It envisions its collections as a teaching resource, emphasizing first-hand conversation with art objects as a tool for increasing visual literacy and investigating the diversity of human experience. It achieves this by integrating the visual arts into the broader intellectual and disciplinary context of Pomona College. The museum encourages active learning and creative explorations across disciplines, and among the visual arts, performing arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences. The museum approaches the arts with the same quest for knowledge, discovery, and understanding that guides practitioners across disciplines—the scientist, the engineer, the policy maker, the sociologist, the economist, the historian, and the performer.

A History of Preserving Culture

From the edge of L.A., Pomona College has launched some of the region’s most influential artists. Now the College is taking its next step forward as a home for cutting-edge art in Southern California. The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College will be a space for the region’s most compelling and innovative exhibitions. Building on a long tradition of excellence at the alma mater of such artistic pioneers as James Turrell, Helen Pashgian, and Chris Burden, the Benton Museum of Art will host the next wave of groundbreaking artists, and offer a state-of-the-art site for a growing permanent collection ranging from Native American art to Renaissance panel paintings to works by such artists as Karl Benjamin, Rico Lebrun, and José Clemente Orozco. The new museum is made possible through a generous $15 million gift from long-time supporter Janet Inskeep Benton, Pomona College trustee and member of the Class of 1979.

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view into the courtyard of the museum
view into the courtyard of the museum
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The New Benton Building

Designed by Machado Silvetti Associates and Gensler, The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College provides a space for some of Southern California’s most compelling and experimental exhibitions. The 33,000-square-foot facility is where the campus meets the lively Claremont Village and the city’s civic center.

The new structure with cast-in-place concrete walls is accented with wood, glass and a distinctive sloping roofline. Built to LEED gold standards of sustainability, the U-shaped museum defines a central courtyard, with a pavilion for events. 

Meet the Staff

The Benton Museum of Art has excellent staff and administrators that take pride in the mission and vision of the museum. They work tirelessly to ensure that the museum experience remains unique and beneficial to students and visitors alike.

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Victoria Sancho Lobis, Ph.D.
Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director
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Justine Bae Bias
Communication and Engagement Manager
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Steve Comba
Associate Director/Registrar
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Rich Deely
Educator
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Barbara Ditlinger
Administrative Assistant
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Gillian Holzer
Collections and Exhibitions Assistant
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Karen Hudson
Collection Manager
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Rebecca McGrew
Senior Curator
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Gary Murphy
Senior Preparator
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Claire Nettleton, Ph.D.
Academic Curator
Post Baccalaureate Curatorial Assistant
Daphnide Toussaint
Post Baccalaureate Curatorial Assistant
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Maddy Woodward
Visitor Services Coordinator

Rembrandt Club

Founded in 1905 to support the arts in Claremont, the Rembrandt Club of Pomona College sponsors monthly lectures and teas, excursions to area museums and collections, and a variety of other events. It supports the museum through funding for publications and special programs. New members are always welcome.

Rembrandt Club Website