Known as “The City of Trees and PhD’s,” Claremont is located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. The city is characterized by its prestigious colleges, tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and charming downtown Village.
Claremont has long been known as an artist community. As Richard Petterson, Scripps College Professor of Art, wrote “In the 1940s Millard Sheets, Albert Stewart, Jean and Arthur Ames and others formed a group of artists capable of working together to create projects – community and architectural – that were uniquely successful, and in the spirit of the times, optimistic and constructive.” In the 1950s, the art departments of Scripps and Pomona Colleges produced a generation of fine artists, many of whom chose to stay connected to the area. And many of these artists have been showcased in the Annual Art Exhibitions at the LA County Fair for decades. The Claremont Museum of Art is dedicated to preserving the artistic legacy of these Claremont artists as well as promoting the ongoing work of younger generations.
Claremont is conveniently located along the Metrolink commuter train line, with trains traveling to Los Angeles and San Bernardino daily. The Village offers an eclectic variety of street-front shops, music stores, restaurants, and cafés, and its western expansion includes an upscale inn, art-house theater, and additional eateries and boutiques.