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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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Ever wonder how art ends up in a museum?
Want to help select new art for the Pomona Museum collection?

Museum Collecting 101 aka ARHI-047 0.5 credit

We will focus on contemporary artists who address themes of environmental issues in their work and look for work that can be linked to one or more of the elements–Air, Fire, Water, Earth. Work should meet standards for museum collections in terms of care and preservation, and should relate to other works in the collection or to curricular interests.

We will meet at the Museum on 4 Monday evenings probably from 4:00 to 5:30, although we can adjust that depending on schedules. First meeting is Monday September 9. There will be 2 or 3 trips to visit artists’ studios and galleries. These will be arranged to allow the greatest number of the group to attend.

Behind-the-scenes at the Pomona College Museum of Art.

The opportunity to meet with museums curators and other staff and an introduction to the museum’s collection. We’ll discuss the criteria curators use to select works of art for a museum collection, review the work of several contemporary artists, see work in studio or gallery, and decide which artist’s work should be purchased for the Pomona College Museum Collection.

From a list of 10 to 12 artists prepared by museum curators, we ask narrow our focus to 5 or 6 possibilities determined by the class. The class breaks up into teams and each team will be responsible for researching “their” artist and presenting that information to the class. We will arrange opportunities to either visit the artist studio or to see the work in a gallery. Each team will be responsible for selecting one or two works from the artist they’ve chosen and presenting the work as an acquisition proposal. These presentations will be made to the public in an Art after Hours program. After input from museum staff and attendees at the public forum, the CLASS will decide which artwork will be purchased as a permanent collection acquisition. (Of course there is a limit to the funds that are designated for this project so we will work within a budget.) Every class members name will become part of the collection record for that object.

The artwork selected for purchase will receive its first public appearance in the Foyer of the Museum, in the Art in Dialogue program, at the beginning of spring semester. The team responsible for that acquisition will write a brief descriptive wall label for that installation.

This is by permission of instructor. You do NOT have to be an art major.

When you request permission to register tell me your name, year, major, and (briefly) why you would like to participate. Space is limited and participation at all five sessions is required. Priority will be given to Pomona College students. We would like to represent a broad range of class years and majors.

I will grant permissions AFTER registration for all classes closes to give second and third year students an equal opportunity to be included.

Kathleen Stewart Howe PhD
Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ‘23 Director
Pomona College Museum of Art
Professor of Art History
333 N College Way
Claremont, CA 91711
909 607 2688

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Workshop #2 – Intro to oil painting, and discussing art and language. Voices Project, RiT Gallery, La Puente, California.

Over the winter break, Karen Herrera PO ’15 and Kimberley Africa PO ’15 led a series of seven workshops at RiT Gallery in La Puente.

The Voices project, conceived, organized, and realized by Karen and Kim aimed to, “create an alternative art making space for at risk low-income youth,” in downtown La Puente, in partnership with the gallery, with the aim of developing art as a medium of empowerment for youth. Workshops on oil painting and printmaking were accompanied by lectures and discussions on art and social justice, particularly the work of artists and art collectives in the LA area.

The project culminates in an exhibition of participants’ work at RiT Gallery opening on January 17th.

The Voices project was supported by an Arts Inspiration grant from the Elemental Arts Initiative.

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It’s time to prepare your applications for the 2014 Summer Experience in the Arts (SEA) Awards! The deadline for applications is February 6, 2014.

Six (6) summer stipends to support student research in the arts will be awarded. Elemental Arts aims to support students intending to pursue fulltime internships, arts apprenticeships, collaborative research with a member of the arts faculty, or their own research agenda with frequent and substantive arts faculty interaction. Projects applying a cross-disciplinary perspective and a collaborative approach across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences are encouraged.

You are eligible to apply if you meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled Pomona College students;
  • Students from Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer College enrolled in an arts course with a Pomona College professor;
  • Students enrolled for independent study in the arts at Pomona College;
  • Students participating in a performance ensemble based at Pomona College.

Download guidelines for application and further details about the SEA Awards from the Elemental Arts grants page:

The application procedure and links will be posted soon. Please contact Elemental Arts coordinator, YT Wong, at, if you have any questions.



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.


The Sacred/Sites course for Fall 2012, sponsored by Elemental Arts, will explore indigenous sites and practices in the local area. Field trips, special guests, performances, and hands-on activities are integral components of the course.

San Gabriel Mountains

San Gabriel Mountains (Photo credit: Josh LeClair)

The focus of this course is to investigate the natural history and ancient indigenous cultures that shape Claremont as a homeland and to translate this study into performances that map our personal sense of place in the world. Intention is to inspire performances (acted, written, sung, photographed, painted, danced, cooked, filmed or otherwise expressed) as personal responses to the course materials.

The course is jointly taught by writer, performer, director Susan Suntree, author of Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California, and Professor Betty Bernhard, Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance.

Field trips: Coastal Ancestor Walk, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens, Native American Resource Center in Big Bridges and the Museum of Art at Pomona.

The course is open to all Claremont Colleges students. Course number is THEA 189A PO-01.

For more information on the course please contact Prof. Bernhard:

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The Elemental Arts Initiative is now accepting online applications for the 2012 Summer Experience in the Arts (SEA) Awards.

You are eligible to apply if you satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in Pomona College; or
  • If enrolled at Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer College you are enrolled in an arts course with a Pomona College professor; or
  • Enrolled for independent study in the arts at Pomona College; or
  • Participating in a performance ensemble based at Pomona College.

Only online applications will be accepted.

Please apply online through your affiliated college’s Career Services/Career Development Office portal. Depending on the format of your Careers portal the application will be listed under the tab labeled “Opportunities,” or “Jobs/Internships/On Campus Recruiting,” or a similar label.

You may also search for the listing as “Summer 2012 Arts Experience Awards” or use the listing ID number #863733.

Links to the sign-in page for each portal are listed below:

POMONA – Route 47

PITZER – PitzerLink

SCRIPPS – The Gateway



Please contact YT Wong, Elemental Arts grant coordinator, if you have any questions or difficulties with the application process.

Looking forward to seeing your applications soon!

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Winners of the 10-Minute Play Festival were announced at the end of the Fall semester. Congratulations to Michael Beam, Emily Miner, Eliza Pennell, Alex Samuels, and Elise Wanger!

Directors are needed for each of the five original plays which were based on the theme of WATER. Auditions for actors will be held on January 23 and 24, 2012 at Seaver Theatre, Pomona College, 6:30pm to 10:00pm.

For more information on the plays or to sign up for auditions please contact:

Campus phone: 909.607.4385 or call Mary Rosier in the Theatre Department at: 909.621.8186.


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