Pomona College Museum of Art partners with dA Arts Center, in Pomona for the exhibition "In Front of the Real Thing".

It started as an idea from Jessica Wimbley and Steve Comba at the Pomona College Museum of Art, as a means to encourage the production of new works of art inspired by the museum’s permanent collection. The idea was to choose a group of local artists who would be allowed to spend time in the newly remodeled collection study room, designed to provide unprecedented access to objects not on view in a traditional exhibit. The invited artists would choose an artist or particular artwork from the permanent collection and create a new, original work informed and inspired by their choice.