The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2018 – 2019

2018-2019 offers an exciting roster of exhibitions focusing on celebrated ceramic artists and the very beginnings of photography.

John Mason, Untitled (Firebrick Installation), 1973, Photo by the artist, John Mason Archives

Here’s a look at what is planned for the 2018-2019 academic year. See what the Williamson is up to:



AUGUST 25 – OCTOBER 21, 2018
Opening reception: September 15

Los Angeles was the site of a “revolution in clay” in which a small group of artists challenged studio pottery’s traditional focus on utilitarian ware to create sculptural forms. One of the central figures, John Mason, emerged as a sculptor of power, creating new works in clay that claimed equal footing with art in other media. Mason went on to work with clay and space as a visionary. In his Hudson River Series, Mason turned to manufactured fire bricks as a medium, revealing most distinctly his deep interest in the role of viewer and his fascination with the process of perception. The John Mason exhibition at the Williamson is dedicated to this series.


Early Photography 1840-1860

Symposium and opening reception: November 10

Salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography, is a uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839.  Salt prints spread across the globe, creating a new visual language of the modern moment. This revolutionary technique transformed subjects from still lifes, portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life into images with their own specific aesthetic: a soft, luxurious effect particular to this photographic process. The few salt prints that survive are seldom seen due to their fragility, and this exhibition is a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early photographs of this type in the world. The exhibition was recently on view at the Tate Museum in London. Salt and Silver appears at the Williamson through the generosity of Jane and Michael Wilson and the Wilson Centre for Photography.



JANUARY 26 –APRIL 7, 2019
Lecture and Opening Reception: January 26

This year, the Ceramic Annual, the longest-running exhibition of contemporary ceramics in the nation, turns 75! Curator Kirk Delman, who has worked with the collection for decades, has selected some of the choicest works from the College’s renowned Marer Collection to display in the exhibition. Fred Marer, who collected artwork in the mid-twentieth century, befriended and supported some of the greatest ceramic artists of the time. Many of the works he purchased directly from those artists will be on display as we celebrate 75 years of ceramic exhibitions. The lecture, held at the Humanities Auditorium, will be on Sat., Jan. 26, at 4 pm, followed by the opening  at the gallery, from 7 to 9 pm.



April 26 – May 12, 2019
Opening: April 26, 7 to 9 pm
Williamson Gallery

An annual exhibition of final thesis projects created by graduating studio art majors, the Senior Art Show is a cornerstone of the studio art major at Scripps. In addition to producing the works displayed, seniors conceptualize the show, install their pieces, write artist statements, and design publicity for the exhibition. Works are displayed in the gallery for two weeks, through the end of commencement. The opening of the exhibition at the Gallery includes a reception that will be held in the Bixby Courtyard on Friday, April 26, from 7 to 9 pm.


Dates are occasionally subject to change. Events are open to the public. Admission is free.

The Gallery is only open during exhibitions. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm.

While selected works from the permanent collection are displayed in exhibitions each year, the permanent collection is not on display. 

Slider image: Paul Soldner, Wall Piece, 1982, 4 1/4 x 18 x 31 in., Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

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