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Images from SEA 2014 projects by (clockwise from top left): Karen Herrera, Nidhi Gandhi, Kulsum Ebrahim, David Connor, Nissa Gustafson, and Elicia Epstein.

Online applications for Summer 2015 Experience in the Arts (SEA) Awards open on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

The application deadline is February 6th, 2015.

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Students eligible to apply:

  • Currently enrolled Pomona College students, except seniors graduating in Spring 2015
  • 5Cs students currently enrolled in Arts courses (incl. Art History) at Pomona
  • 5Cs students enrolled for independent study in the Arts (incl. Art History) with Pomona faculty
  • 5Cs students participating in a performance ensemble based at Pomona College

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Log in and apply through ClaremontConnect, on any career services portal of the Claremont Colleges. The application is listed as: “Summer 2015 Arts Experience Awards,” posting ID number 16842971.

Scroll down for links to ClaremontConnect on 5Cs career services web pages. Additional information on the SEA Awards can be found on the Elemental Arts Grants and Awards page.

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Proceedings of the PetroLA Symposium: Energy and the Development of Southern California are now available online in a special issue of Progressive Democracy.

Articles include:

Collected with an overview essay written by Char Miller.

Photo courtesy Orange County Archives

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Signal Hill, Long Beach. Oil fields and homes. Detail from a postcard circa 1926. Image from Digital Collections, Loyola Marymount University Library.


In conjunction with the exhibition Petrochemical America: Project Room at Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona College will host PetroLA on October 10 & 11, featuring a distinguished panel of historians, scientists, and policy advocates who will examine some of the ramifications of the oil industry on the region—past, present, and future.

The event begins Friday, October 10 at 7 p.m. with the screening of How to Look at a Southern California Sunset, a student documentary on regional air pollution, produced by Travis Wilkerson of the Pomona Media Guild.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., the PetroLA symposium presents:

  • “‘Sacrificed on the Altar of Oil:’ Los Angeles’ Uneasy Relationship with Petroleum,” Nancy Quam-Wickham, professor of history, CSU Long Beach
  • Black Tides of Change: The Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969 and its Consequences, Roderick Frazier Nash, America’s foremost wilderness historian, author of books including The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics, and professor emeritus of Environmental Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara
  • Petrochemical America: Picturing Cancer Alley, Kate Orff, SCAPE founding principle and associate professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University;
  • Air Quality, Greenhouse Gases, and Energy in South Coast Basin, Aaron Katzenstein, climate and energy program supervisor, South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Fracking in Southern California: Protecting Our Communities From Risky Oil Development, Damon Nagami, senior attorney and director of the National Resources Defense Council Southern California Ecosystems Project
  • Convener: Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and the author 10 books including Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy and On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest.

PetroLA is held in collaboration with the Pomona College Museum of Art’s presentation of the traveling exhibition Petrochemical America: Project Room on view from September 2 to December 19, 2014. The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA, and is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Sunday, from 12-5 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5-11 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8283 or visit

PetroLA is sponsored by: the Pomona College’s Mellon Foundation-Elemental Arts Initiative, the Pomona College Environmental Analysis Program, the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, and the Pomona College Museum of Art. The museum’s presentation of Petrochemical America: Project Room has been made possible, in part, with support from Lee Walls, Jr. and the Turner Foundation and in part from the Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College, a four-year arts-based academic initiative supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Proof of Concept by Kamau Patton from machine project on Vimeo.

Coordinated by Machine Project for the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, Pomona College. Performance supported by Art After Hours at the Pomona College Museum of Art. March 2014.

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L.A. River Conference poster. April 4-5, 2014.

L.A. River Conference poster. April 4-5, 2014.

Friday, April 4, 7-9 pm, Rose Hills Theatre
Screening and discussion of “Psychohydrography” on the L.A. River with film maker Peter Bo Rappmund.

Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 5 pm, Rose Hills Theatre
“The L.A. River: Past, Present, Future” – with Lewis MacAdams, poet and founder of Friends of  the L.A. River; William Deverell, USC History, on the history of the L.A. River; Mia Lehrer on landscape design related to the L.A. River; and Lauren Bon on art projects related to the L.A. River.  Each followed by questions and discussion.

Saturday evening, April 5, 7-9 pm, Hahn 101
Screening and discussion of “Rock the Boat: Saving America’s Wildest River” on the L.A. River with film maker Thea Mercouffer.

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Weather Stations, a set by chris.kallmyer on Flickr.

As part of the ongoing Elemental Arts projects on the theme of AIR, guest artist Chris Kallmyer created a Meditative Weather Opera for the courtyard shared by the Pomona College Museum of Art, Thatcher Music building, and Rembrandt Art building.

The installation was featured in Pomona College Museum’s Art After Hours on November 14.

See the video!

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Summer Experience in the Arts 2013 projects were presented on September 19th at Art After Hours, hosted by the Pomona College Museum of Art.

In addition to presentations, visitors took part in an embroidery workshop, heard stories from travels in changing India, watched video of a Greek play staged inside a moving vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, listened to a musical performance of Balinese music transposed to the banjo, and attended lecture demonstrations of two musical compositions in progress. The night ended with live music organized by KSPC, the Pomona College radio station.


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Six students will present Elemental Arts Summer Experience in the Arts (SEA) Awards projects on Thursday, September 19th.

This event is held in collaboration with Art After Hours at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

For more information, see our Diary Page entry SEA Awards Projects.


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The Environmental Analysis Program of the Claremont Colleges and Elemental Arts presents a symposium on Food Justice: The Hands That Feed Us.

Focusing on the local food chain, come and find out: Where does our food come from? Who grows our food? Who brings it to us or serves us?

Joann Lo from Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Stephanie Cho from Restaurant Opportunities Center–L.A. will speak about their initiatives in the local food production and distribution chain.

Thursday, May 2nd, at 4:30 pm in the Hahn Building, Pomona College. For more details click through to the Diary.

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Courtesy of the Redford Center

Courtesy of the Redford Center

Elemental Arts presents WATERSHED a movie by the Robert Redford Center and Kontent Films as a prelude to Earth Day.

WATERSHED tells the story of the threats to the once-mighty Colorado River and offers solutions for the future of the American West. Producer Renata Foucré will join us at Pomona for the screening to introduce and take questions afterwards.

Can we meet the needs of a growing population in the face of rising temperatures and lower rainfall in an already arid land? Can we find harmony amongst the competing interests of cities, agriculture, industry, recreation, wildlife, and indigenous communities with rights to the water?

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00–9:00 pm in Hahn 101, Hahn Building, Pomona College. FMI please see the Diary page.

Related link: Watershed movie trailer

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