Primal Nature

Current Exhibition

John Frame: Mephistopheles and the Swan Girl
December 3, 2021 – March 20, 2022
Claremont Museum of Art

The exhibition presents work by John Frame that originated when he was the production designer for a co-production of The Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Portland Opera 2018 staging of “Faust” combined with his work from the Academy award-winning 2016 short film “The Swan Girl”. more…


 Past Exhibitions


Furious Garden
September 3 – November 27, 2021
Claremont Museum of Art

Artists Karen Kitchel, Deena Capparelli and Cj Jilek re-envision and re-construct the pastoral metaphors with which we’re familiar. Naughty, disobedient, and extravagant, this view of “garden” is active and provocative, intent on cultivating new pathways and relationships between landscape and occupant. more…

June 4-August 29, 2021
Claremont Museum of Art

“LOOK UP” sends a message of hope, unity, resilience and optimism with Elizabeth Turk’s immersive artwork produced by ET Projects with the residents of Mt. San Antonio Gardens.

The exhibition shares both intimate moments and spectacular aerial video clips of the residents’ movement patterns while carrying brightly colored umbrellas throughout the Gardens transformed into mesmerizing overhead and kaleidoscopic compositions. more…

Inside Out: Emerging from Isolation
April 2-May 30, 2021
Claremont Museum  of Art

As all our lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, local artists continue their creative work in their homes and studios. Working from inside—physically and psychologically—these 28 local artists bring out their experiences through their art. more…

Vanguard: Origins of Tierra del Sol Arts in Claremont
featuring Helen Rae
December 7, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot

The exhibition Vanguard: Origins of Tierra del Sol Arts in Claremont featuring Helen Rae represented 15 artists whose remarkable creative expressions have enriched contemporary art in Southern California and beyond. more…

James Strombotne: Imagine
September 6 – December 1, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot

James Strombotne: Imagine focused on the work of one of the few remaining active Claremont artists from the 1950 and 60s, an era sometimes referred to as Claremont’s “golden age.” Drawings and paintings from the artist’s personal collection reflected the arc of a distinguished career dedicated to making concrete the creative mind’s imaginings. More…

Andrew Wenrick: Displacement Zero
May 10 – August 25, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot 

Displacement Zero presents work by Claremont born, London based conceptual artist Andrew Wenrick. Maps of the Los Angeles area have been reconstructed into unexpected forms challenging our perception of place. more…

StART It Up!
May 3-5, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot 

Project ARTstART presents works on paper, collage, sculptures, and paintings from each of the art units presented to 4-6 grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. more…

Living with Clay: The Julie and David Armstrong Collection
Curated by Rody N. López, will be on view
January 18 through April 20, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot

Living with Clay invites you to enter the home of Julie and David Armstrong. A love of clay led the Armstrongs, long-time Claremont residents and founders of the highly-regarded American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, to amass an extraordinary private collection. more…

Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont
September 21 – January 6, 2019
Claremont Museum of Art at the Depot

Animals, both real and fantastic, occupied an important place in artistic expression in mid- twentieth-century Claremont, appearing in the work of ceramists, painters, enamelists, and sculptors. The exhibition curated by Susan M. Anderson focuses on this phenomenon, particularly in the work of women artists who played a vital role in the development of the arts in Claremont. more…