EXHIBITION DATES: May 20 – September 25, 2022

Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, 200 W. First St., Claremont

Inauguration on Saturday May 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Claremont collects: art, creativity, community is the inaugural exhibition of the newly expanded Claremont Lewis Museum of Art. Featuring key pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection, Claremont collects celebrates our rich artistic heritage, vibrant creative community and strong support for the arts. The exhibit, generously sponsored by Gould Asset Management LLC, features works by area artists from the 1930s through today.

Alfredo Ramos Martinez, “Fruit sellers with baskets”, circa 1946. Screenprint on paper. Collection of the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, gift of Richard Perry Cone.

The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art is located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street, next to the Metrolink station. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://clmoa.org.


The exhibition connects the past, present and future by revealing the depth and breadth of our region’s continuum of creativity and honors Claremont’s role in the history of Californian and American art. Claremont has long been recognized as a vibrant center of artistic production. From the 1930s to the present day, Claremont has been both a magnet and a haven for artists. Millard Sheets, Jean Ames, Phil Dike and their contemporaries cultivated a tight-knit community of artists, centered around Claremont Colleges, which encouraged collaboration, innovation and experimentation. They believed that art is for

everyone and should be an integral part of everyday life. This legacy has been embraced by subsequent generations, including Betty Davenport Ford, Susan Lautmann Hertel, Harrison McIntosh and many outstanding contemporary artists. This long-standing creative esprit de corps continues to permeate Claremont’s artistic community and is reflected in the generosity of the artists, patrons and collectors who created the museum and built the collection.


The exhibition will provide a dynamic and multifaceted experience for visitors of all ages. Co-curators Adrienne Luce, director; Catherine McIntosh, Board Member; and Seth Pringle will fill the museum’s three galleries with more than 60 paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, watercolors, and furniture by ancient and contemporary artists. The film, “Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community 1935-1975,” will be screened in the Atrium Baldonado.


The Claremont Lewis Museum of Art, formerly the Claremont Museum of Art, is in its sixth year and occupies two rooms in the Claremont Depot. Last fall, the Museum transformed the remaining interior rooms into galleries. The newly expanded museum transforms the historic Santa Fe Depot into a vibrant cultural destination in the heart of Claremont Village.

The adaptive reuse of this historic building has been a very successful public/private partnership with the City of Claremont, Metro, and the generous support of CLMA members and friends throughout the region. The CLMA Board of Directors is extremely grateful to the City of Claremont for their support and for undertaking the mandated seismic and accessibility work at the east end of the Depot with approved Metro funding with the Museum as a tenant. The Claremont Depot is part of the Metrolink rail network and will soon be part of Metro’s Foothill Gold Line system. Additionally, Metro has made it a priority to support art in public spaces at each of its train stops, which is why the Metro Board has deemed it appropriate that Prop C funds be used at the Claremont stop to support modernization and security.

With a fundraising goal of $300,000 for this final phase of the renovation, the Museum has raised more than $120,000 over the past two years in a quiet phase of the “Imagine More Museum” campaign to transform the two easternmost rooms in galleries.

With high ceilings and expansive walls and floors, the new galleries more than double CLMA’s exhibition and educational opportunities and allow the Museum to showcase a mix of art, sculpture and media to inspire enthusiasts. of art of all ages. As the Imagine More Museum fundraising campaign progresses, the final piece of the expansion, the addition of a glass-enclosed community hall, will begin. It will transform the West Portico into a venue for smaller programs, art classes and special events.

Learn more about renovation

Local architect John Bohn of JBohn Associates led the project with contractor Darin Ross of Ross Construction. Bohn has worked with the CLMA Board of Trustees since the museum moved into the Claremont Depot in 2015. He developed the plans for the renovation and restoration of the Atrium and added a “second skin” to the old Foothill Transit Office to transform it into a gallery, without impacting the original walls of the interior of the historic building.

The same care and attention to detail was followed when transforming the last two rooms of the Depot into galleries. The rare century-old cedar floor of the old bicycle room was kept and, after milling and sanding, was reinstalled in gallery 3 and stained. The adjoining room, the former baggage room, which had a cement floor now has a Douglas fir floor stained to match the cedar in Gallery 3. The original ceilings in both rooms have been retained and lighting on rail was suspended from the ceiling in the two new galleries. .

A tour of the new galleries and an interview with CLMA Co-Curator Director Adrienne Luce, Board Member Catherine McIntosh and Seth Pringle are available upon request..