The new Pomona College Museum of Art (PCMA) will provide much-needed space for the museum’s collections and programs and advance the College’s commitment to the visual arts and its role in a liberal arts education. With 22,500 square feet of floor space at ground level and another 10,000 square feet underground, the new museum will include galleries, art storage and collection access spaces, event spaces and a public courtyard.
The architecture of the new PCMA is the result of three primary ambitions: 1) to provide a world-class teaching museum that serves as a model for its peers: 2) to provide a flexible facility that can be effectively used for a variety of functions: 3) to respond to the architectural character and context of the Pomona College campus and the City of Claremont.
Located on the west side of College Avenue and adjacent to Shelton Park and the
Claremont Public Library, the new museum will be a bridge between The Claremont Colleges and the community. The U-shaped structure is organized around a large central courtyard open to College Avenue and featuring an art pavilion that will host college and community events.
The PCMA houses a growing collection of over 13,000 objects, including an extraordinary collection of Native American art, the Kress Collection of Renaissance panel paintings, significant collections of prints, photographs and drawings, as well as a growing contemporary collection. The collection provides intimate access to significant works of art by historically important regional and international artists—including artists associated with Pomona College—Jose Clemente Orozco, Karl Benjamin, Rico Lebrun, James Turrell ’65, Chris Burden ’69, Peter Shelton ’73, Marcia Hafif ’54 and Helen Pashgian ’56.
The architectural firms Machado Silvetti and Gensler were selected to lead the project based on their national and international reputation for the design of civic buildings and college and university museums. Hathaway Dinwiddle Construction Co. is the general contractor. Construction on the facility began in fall 2017.