The Claremont Museum of Art celebrates the community’s rich artistic legacy and promotes the cultural vitality of the region.
Location and Hours
Claremont Museum of Art
200 W. First Street in the Claremont Depot
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon- 4 pm
Admission: $5. CMA members, students and children under 18 are free
First Friday: Free Senior Day with free admission to seniors age 65 and over
First Saturday: Art Walk, 6-8 p.m.
First Sunday: Free Family Day features art activities at the ARTStation and free admission
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About the Museum
The Claremont Museum of Art was created to celebrate our community’s rich artistic legacy and to promote the cultural vitality of the region. With high hopes, the museum was incorporated in 2004 and was located in the Packing House for two years.
From 2010 to 2016, the museum successfully operated as a “museum without walls.” With nearly 300 members, the volunteer organization continued to hold numerous events and programs. CMA presented ten exhibitions in borrowed spaces. The Padua Hills Art Fiesta became a popular annual event and studio tours opened dozens of artists’ studios to the public. Funds raised have supported Project ARTstART, an art education program now in its seveth year serving Claremont schools.
In December 2015, the Claremont Museum of Art entered into a lease agreement with the City of Claremont for the adaptive reuse of the Claremont Depot as a small art museum. Thanks to generous and enthusiastic community support, the museum raised over $150,000 and completed Phase I of the renovation. The museum opened its new gallery space at the Depot on November 20, 2016. Featuring the work of Claremont area artists, the gallery is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00 pm.
Claremont’s Rich Artistic Legacy
Art is an enduring part of Claremont’s history and heritage. Known throughout the country as an “art mecca” in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Claremont remains an important center of artistic activity. Claremont artists are integral to the cultural fabric of the City, having contributed to its unique identity and personality for more than 70 years.
Centered by the Colleges, Claremont emerged as an important art community in the years following World War II. The recently produced film Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-75 reinforced our awareness of the significance of our artistic heritage, a heritage worthy of preservation and presentation to future generations.
Claremont continues to have an active community of artists. Although many artists have homes and studios in neighboring towns, Claremont serves as a hub for area artists in large part because of the presence and reputation of the Claremont Colleges. In the tradition of their predecessors, local artists continue to impact the quality of the social and built environments.
Claremont Museum of Art Board of Directors
Susan M. Allen
Sandy Baldonado, Past President
Barbara Brown, Emerita
Susan Guntner, Secretary
Marguerite McIntosh, President Emerita
Dr. Janet Myhre, Emerita
Rae Rottman, Treasurer
Elaine Turner, President
Joseph “Joe” Unis M.D.
Mary Weis, Vice President
Harold B. “Hal” Nelson, Special Advisor to the Board
Thank you to the many supporters of the Claremont Museum of Art. Click here for a complete list of 208 members and friends of the museum. Click here for a complete list of 2018 members and friends of the museum.
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The Claremont Museum of Art is a private, non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our exhibitions and programs are supported by public and private organizations as well as many individual donors, members and volunteers.
Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Museum of Art in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) and provides programming for students from eight participating schools: Chaparral, Condit, Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore, and Vista del Valle elementary schools, along with Claremont High School.
The program is funded by generous donations and by gifts-in-kind from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; Claremont Lincoln University; the City of Claremont Community-Based Organization grant (CBO); the Spearman Charitable Foundation; the Claremont Community Foundation; the Claremont Education Foundation Community Partnership Grants (CEF); Kiwanis Club of Claremont Foundation; Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation; the Rotary Club of Claremont; American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA); Pomona College Museum of Art, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College; The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, as well as CMA Board members and many dedicated community donors.