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Claremont Museum of Art Launches Pledge Drive to Fund Art Education Programs

(February 21, 2011) – As public funding for school art programs shrink, we feel the Claremont Museum of Art can fill an important role in providing art education to Claremont youth through our three education projects: Family Art activities, ArtX student art competition and Project ARTstART.

I am please to announce the CMA Education Program pledge drive and hope that you will join us in supporting these projects. A generous supporter has contributed $10,000 to fund ArtX 2011 and the Spring event is well underway. Members of the board have made significant contributions to start our Education fund and we are in the process of identifying and applying for relevant grants.

Our goal is to collect pledges totaling $120,000, enough to fully fund the first two years of the program.

Please visit our website www.claremont for further details. If we meet that goal, we will launch ARTstART in the Fall of 2011.

– Sandy Baldonado, CMA Board President

ARTstART Art Appreciation Program

Rich Deeley

Rich Deely

Project ARTstART, directed by Rich Deely, will train high school and college students to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. By bringing high-quality, art appreciation classes and activities to the Claremont school system, we hope to inspire, promote under-standing of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.

We have prepared a detailed 5-year plan and we are ready to launch the pilot program as soon as funding is available.

Claremont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Bonnie Bell says “We believe this partnership will create meaningful experiences for our students — providing them with an opportunity to learn about what our community has to offer, augment our continuing work in the classroom, and strengthen ties between our district and other institutions.”

Under Project ARTstART, Museum consultants will recruit district high school and college students as teachers and mentors. These ARTstART Teens will be trained as docents to offer multi-visit arts appreciation lessons to elementary students, both in the classroom, and in local museum settings. As part of their training, ARTstART Teens will learn about how to plan presentations that employ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and interact with art educators, artists, curators, and students from The Claremont Colleges.

Once prepared for their role, ARTstART Teens will work with educators at Sycamore Elementary School to deliver lessons to students related to art exhibitions at Claremont area museums and galleries. The program will conclude with a hands-on art project inspired by the exhibitions, and shaped by classroom teachers, ARTstART Teens, and the elementary students themselves. The program will eventually serve all elementary students in the district.

An independent museum consultant with over 15 years’ work in the museum field, Rich Deely has worked as an educator in art, history, and science museums in New York, North Carolina, and California. Originally from New York City, Rich has BA degrees in both history and communications from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan. He has planned and implemented two successful museum-based youth docent programs, one of which won national recognition through the Coming Up Taller Award for Excellence in Youth Programming in 2007.

ArtX Student Art Competition

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

ArtX, directed by Lori Evans Lama, is a reprise of the 2009 juried student art competition and exhibition. It’s open to students in grades 9-12, who live in Claremont and attend public or private school or are home-schooled.

Artwork must address the ArtX theme “What Matters?” and winners will receive cash prizes.

The ArtX website, containing registration information and entry form, will launch on February 21 at Entries will be collected in April. Winners will be announced and exhibited in early May. ArtX is made possible by a generous donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs.

Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer.

Family Art Activities

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

The Family Art Program, directed by Mary Hughes, presents creative art activities for children at City festivals. Local art educators and volunteers plan, prepare and guide young visitors in hands-on art projects.

It is inspiring to see the hundreds of enthusiastic children filling the seats of the art tables throughout the day.

Look for our booth in April at the Packing House, at the Fourth of July Celebration in Memorial Park, at Village Venture and at the Padua Hills Art Fiesta in November. Mary Hughes has been an active volunteer with the Claremont Museum of Art since its earliest days. She has an MFA in Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach and BAs in Art and in Communications. She has taught Studio Art courses, Art Appreciation, and Art History at the College level and at the Junior High level for 13 years.

She has also taught Art Enrichment Classes to all grades at the Elementary level for the past two decades. As an artist who shows both locally and nationally, Mary works with layering on canvas, paper and silk.

ArtX…the X is for excellence, eXtraordinary and X marks the spot for Claremont’s student artists!

(February 21, 2011) – This is where Claremont’s student artists will want to be.

ArtX is an exciting opportunity for high school student artists to learn and experience the finer points of the competition and exhibition process. Last held in 2009 by the Claremont Museum of Art, ArtX is a juried art competition and exhibition for all high school students, grades 9 – 12, who attend school or live in Claremont, California. Public, private and home-schooled students are invited to participate. Cash prizes will be awarded. All ArtX activities will be held in the Ginger Elliot Gallery at Claremont Heritage’s Garner House at Memorial Park.

The theme for ArtX2011, What Matters?, is particularly appropriate for the times. Not only does the theme provide both a global and local source of inspiration for artists, it can also be interpreted on a very personal level.

ArtX focuses on two-dimensional forms of artistic expression: multimedia visual arts and photography. Artwork will be reviewed and critiqued by a panel of judges comprised of professional working artists and arts educators. How students interpret the competition’s theme, What Matters? will be extremely important. The resulting exhibition will showcase the creative talents of high school level student artists currently working in the City of Claremont.

Entries will be accepted April 18 and 19. Judging by a panel of professional artists and arts educators will take place April 21st. The exhibition, held in the Ginger Elliott Gallery located at the Garner House at Memorial Park, will open May 4th with an artists’ reception open to the community starting at 5:30pm. Winners will be announced.

All of the eligibility, registration and deadline information students will need to know to enter the ArtX competition are available on the Claremont Museum of Art website at

ArtX is made possible by a generous donation from a CMA member. The Ginger Elliot Gallery exhibition space for ArtX has been generously underwritten by Gould Asset Management LLC of Claremont.

Lori Evans Lama

Lori Evans Lama

As the director of arts education for the Claremont Museum of Art (2007-2009), Lori Evans Lama created the ArtX project for high school students and the aRtPM graffiti art project for middle school students along with a comprehensive menu of public gallery programs. Prior to her work with CMA, Lori was a senior programming staff member at PBS and later a vice president/broadcast executive for an international media company. Lori is also an award-winning writer, director and producer. You can contact Lori Evans Lama at


Judging of student artwork entered in the ArtX competition will be based on creativity and originality, skill and technique, artistic vision and style and execution of the theme “What Matters?” Cash prizes will once again be awarded to the winners. Each piece of student artwork will be evaluated using a standardized rubric, a printed set of rules and instructions used to guide the judges. Then, the artwork will be judged on a simple rating scale that will be calculated to determine the winning entries.

Cash awards will be given to those pieces of artwork that place in the categories of Best of Show ($300) plus First ($200), Second ($150) and Third ($100) place and Honorable Mentions ($50) in each of two categories: mixed media/visual arts and photography. Winning artwork will be on display at the Ginger Elliott Gallery in Memorial Park. All entries will be exhibited on the Claremont Museum of Art website.2011 ArtX JUDGES (alphabetically)

Robert Flick
Robert is a Southern California photographer. A native of Holland, he received his MA and MFA from UCLA. He was a Getty Scholar and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Robbert has been showing his photographs for 30+ years both nationally and internationally including a 30-year retrospective at LACMA in 2004 accompanied by a monograph, Robert Flick: Trajectories, jointly published by LACMA and Steidl Verlag, Germany. From 1976 until 2006, he headed the photography program at USC Roski School of Fine Arts. Robbert was a judge for the 2009 ArtX student competition.

James Fuller
Jim Fuller received his MA from UC, Berkeley in 1953 and taught painting, drawing, sculpture and
printmaking at several schools including UC, Berkeley; Cal State, LA; UC, Davis; the Laguna Beach School of Art, and finally, Scripps College in Claremont. Jim is Professor Emeritus at Scripps College and is best known as a Claremont watercolor painter. Throughout Jim’s long career, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, and participated in solo shows throughout California. He is former founding Board member of the Claremont Museum of Art.

Nancy Macko
A member of the faculty at Scripps College since 1986, Nancy has been Director of the Scripps Digital Art Program since 1990. Originally from New York, she received her graduate degrees from UC, Berkeley with a concentration in painting and printmaking. She is a practicing artist and has produced 20 solo exhibitions and participated in over 140 exhibitions. She has also been active in the broader field of fine arts including museum work and curating. Nancy currently works in painting, printmaking, digital media, photography, video, and installation.

Jeanne Steffan
Jeanne currently teaches high school at Chaffey High School in Rancho Cucamonga. She received her received BA from UC Davis and an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. She paints and works in tiled murals. She has exhibited her work in venues as diverse as Kellogg Gallery, dA Center for the Arts and the Folk Music Center. In addition to teaching in public and private schools and several colleges, Steffan has completed private commissions and continues to work actively. Jeanne served as an ArtX judge in 2009.

Juan Thorpe
Juan is a painter who uses acrylic on canvas or panel as his primary media. His paintings are inspired by machines, technology and nature. He studied fine art at Cal Poly Pomona where he received his BFA degree. Juan lives, works and creates art in Pomona, CA in the Pomona Arts Colony. He is an active artist with regular exhibitions of his paintings in Southern California museums, universities and galleries. Along with his wife, Susie Eaton, they curate shows at their gallery, Bunny Gunner.

Jessica Wimbley
Jessica is currently the Museum Educator/Arts Coordinator for Pomona College Museum of Art in
Claremont. She received her BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA in Visual Arts from UC, Davis. She exhibits her work locally and throughout the U.S. Wimbley has taught visual art and art history courses at the college level and has served as a visiting lecturer to a number of institutions. Jessica is currently a candidate for a duel degree MA Arts Management and Executive MBA in Claremont Graduate University’s Arts Management Program. She is an active member of Emerging Art Leaders of LA, board member of Museum Educators of Southern California, and acts as a Mentor in Claremont Graduate University’s Minority Mentor Program. She is the recipient of the 2010 California Association of Museums Fellowship.

aRtPM: a Student Graffiti Art Exhibition

August 7 – August 20, 2009

To view aRtPM: a Student Graffiti Art Exhibition participant’s artworks and artist statements click here.

aRtPM_webaRtPM: a Student Graffiti Art Exhibition showcases the art of student artists who attend the TAC (TRACKS Activity Center), a student activity center located at the El Roble Intermediate School campus in Claremont, CA. The TAC is a City-sponsored after-school program aimed at 7th and 8th grade Claremont students.

The collaboration was originally proposed by the Museum to City of Claremont director of Human Services, Mercy Santoro, as a middle-school outreach effort. The Museum’s executive director, William Moreno, commented, “This kind of program fits within the Museum’s long-term strategic vision – that is, to be a significant cultural resource for the entire region. We’re excited about partnering with the City of Claremont and the TAC students.”


TAC students tour the James Hueter: A Retrospective exhibition with CMA Executive Director, Bill Moreno, as part of the aRtPM: Student Graffiti Art Exhibition.

The exhibition includes original graffiti art panels that will be painted early in August by a group of TAC artists addressing the theme of “Our Reality.” The results of their inspiration and creativity will then be installed in the Museum’s main gallery for viewing on Friday, August 7th.

“We’re very proud of our students and the great job the TAC does creating an engaging, relevant after-school program for the students to enjoy. This partnership between the City and the Museum is providing the type of real life, hands-on experience that is so valuable and so often difficult to obtain. We hope this is the first of many collaborations with the Museum,” said director of Human Services, Mercy Santoro.


TAC student prepares graffiti art panel for aRtPM: a Student Graffiti Art Exhibition

Students will tour the Museum’s most recent exhibition, James Hueter: A Retrospective; learn about the current street art trends; plan their designs; and write explanatory artist statements related to the theme “Our Reality.”

“Our objective for this project was to familiarize students with the Museum; encourage ongoing interaction; provide a venue for the exhibition of artistic expression; and teach them how to work within the professional museum process,” said Museum arts education director, Lori Evans Lama. “Working with Krista Dieringer, Bill Pallotto and their students from the TRACKS Activity Center (TAC) has enriched the project. We’re excited about this exhibition.”

claremontLogoaRtPM: a Student Graffiti Art Exhibition is made possible by a grant from the City of Claremont, Community Based Organization Fund; the Human Services Department and TRACKS Activity Center (TAC), City of Claremont.

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Claremont CourierLife Experiences Creatively Expressed in Street Art


ArtX: Student Art Competition and Exhibition

April 24 – May 3, 2009

Best of Show: Nina Liss-Schultz Claremont High School, Grade 12 Gender Blending, 2009 (021-09) Oil paint, charcoal, conté 18.5” x 39.5”

Best of Show:
Nina Liss-Schultz
Claremont High School, Grade 12
Gender Blending, 2009 (021-09)
Oil paint, charcoal, conté
18.5” x 39.5”

ArtX was a juried art competition and exhibition for all high school students, grades 9 – 12, who attend school or live in Claremont, California. Public, private and home‐schooled students were invited. As long as a student lives or attends school in Claremont, and is receiving an education equivalent to the 9th through 12th grade level, he or she were eligible to enter this competition. Cash prizes were awarded. This year’s 7 winning works plus 14 honorable mentions were displayed by the Claremont Museum of Art April 24 – May 3, 2009.

Inspired by Claremont Museum of Art’s Inaugural Karl Benjamin Exhibit, Claremont Schoolchildren Create Masterpieces of Their Own

Claremont, CA (March 15, 2007)—For visitors coming to the Claremont Museum of Art on its April 15th opening day, the first artwork they see will not be the colorful paintings of world-famous artist Karl Benjamin or the exquisite pieces in the permanent collection, but rather 4 x 4 foot paintings hanging from the rafters in the Packing House corridor. The artists? Twenty-four students – in grades elementary through high school – from the Claremont public schools.

“The Museum is about to open, and our volunteers are already facilitating art workshops for students,” Museum Executive Director William Moreno said. “It illustrates the extraordinary commitment of our volunteers who are donating a significant amount of their personal time to bringing art into the community. The Museum is dedicated to reaching out to the community and involving children and young adults.”

When the Claremont Museum of Art opens, it will be a regional museum of international significance, exhibiting art connected to Claremont as well as art from around the world. Its inaugural exhibit, A Conversation with Color: Karl Benjamin, Paintings 1953-1995, will include 46 paintings spanning 42 years that trace Benjamin’s career, from his early experiments with cubism to works that represent his role as one of the founders of abstract classicism. The museum’s permanent collection, Building a Legacy: Founding a Museum, Building a Collection, will occupy the smaller of the two museum galleries with works exhibited by notable local artists on a rotating basis. In addition to a diverse slate of exhibits, the museum will feature a sizeable gift shop and a comprehensive line-up of educational programming and events.

Volunteer Merrilyn O’Neill, co-chair of the Museum’s education committee, has been heading up the student art project since its inception last November. She started the process by contacting all Claremont Unified School District schools to get staff recommendations about students in grades 6–12 who would both benefit from participating in this project and rise to the artistic challenge. The 24 chosen students include two sixth graders from each of the seven elementary schools, three from the junior high, and seven from the high school.

“At our first meeting at the Alexander Hughes Center, we watched a video interview with Karl Benjamin that shows him at work in his studio and discussing his creative process,” O’Neill said. Afterwards, she and the student artists discussed non-objective art and ‘abstract classicism,’ for which Benjamin is famous. Focusing the student’s attention on a few significant works shown in the video, and on the concept of “taking one’s time” and “being intuitive,” the students were given notebooks and asked to “doodle” designs over the next week until they each had created several that “spoke” to them, she said.

“We met again the following week and laid out all the designs, from which each student chose their favorite,” O’Neill explained. “At that session, they began playing with color. Their work was then photographed.” With the help of her husband and daughter, O’Neill then projected and traced their designs onto prepared 4 x 4 foot Masonite surfaces.

Now in the final phase of the process – studio production – O’Neill and the students have been meeting every Saturday and Sunday since mid-February at Vista del Valle School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Principal Ley Yeager generously donated the facility for the workshop’s use. Each student is hard at work on his or her own 4 x 4 ft. panel, using acrylics to paint both sides of the piece. Their sessions will complete by April 1. When finished, the artwork will be suspended from the beams of the Packing House promenade to coincide with the Museum’s opening.

O’Neill emphasized that the student works are not copies of Benjamin’s art but rather entirely individual pieces inspired by his creative process. “Students could be observed in lengthy and deep meditation of their canvas before they even wet a brush,” she said. “These artists have found their own voices through their designs, and have mixed their own colors for highly unique palates. They have followed the process by which Karl, a great teacher as well as great artist, goes about creating.”