The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2019 – 2020

2019-2020 offers an exciting roster of exhibitions focusing on celebrated Asian art, new ideas in ceramics, and the work of our Scripps seniors.

Anonymous, Nepal, Seated Tara, n.d., bronze, 20 x 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in., Scripps College, Claremont

Here’s a look at what is planned for the 2019-2020 academic year. See what the Williamson is up to:



AUGUST 31 – DECEMBER 15, 2019

Opening Celebration: September 7, 7-9 pm

Cloisonné Bowl, 1895-1900, 4 x 9 1/2 in., Gift of WorldBridge Foundation and R. Scott and Lannette Turrichi, photo by Jan Blair

A selection of some of the best Asian art in the Scripps collection, this exhibition is in recognition of the work of Dr. Bruce Coats, professor of Art History and the Humanities and the Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 and Paul D. Muchnic Endowed Professorship. Curator Meher McArthur worked in concert with Dr. Coats in making the selections, many of which are counted among the treasures of the College.

Watch this page for information on upcoming lectures related to the exhibit.


Welsh, Stan, In the Jungle, 1990, stoneware, 26 1/2 x 23 x 6, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer *

JANUARY 25 –APRIL 5, 2020
Lecture and Opening Reception:
Williamson Gallery, January 25, 7-9 pm

In 2020, the gallery returns to our regular format with guest curator Joanne Hayakawa, who will curate the 76th Ceramic Annual.  Hayakawa is professor of Ceramics and Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. For the 76th Annual, Joanne Hayakawa proposes an exhibition of artists whose work engages with and offers a variety of perspectives on the environment. “Duality,” she writes, “Provides a natural tension with questions, definitions and position(s). We can understand duality to mean opposites, …diversity that is generalized or confrontational or not, parallel paths that have not recognized each other….  I have chosen artists with diverse approaches to literal and figurative environmental perspectives who seem to be wending their way forward through their choices.  Ultimately, they are defining or redefining their vision through exploration of two (or more) sides.”

The exhibition will include these artists:

Wesley Anderegg

Richard Burkett

Jeff Irwin

Kate McDowell

Mark Messenger

John Roloff

James Tisdale

Stan Welsh

*While the image is an example of the work of Stan Welsh in the Scripps collection, it is not slated to appear in the exhibition.


Rachel Edwards ’10 with her work at the Senior Exhibition.

MAY 1 – MAY 16, 2020
Opening: May 1, 7-9 p.m.

The Senior Art Show is a cornerstone of the studio art major at Scripps and the projects on display have been in production over the course of the past year. 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, from May 1st through May16th. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, May 1st. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

The gallery is open from Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm, during exhibitions. For more information, please call (909) 607-3397.


Short Lunchtime Talks on Individual Works in the Collection

Schedule for 2019 – 2020 to be announced.

Hosted by Meher McArthur
Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Meher McArthur will give a series of 15-minute lunchtime talks, each focusing on an art object in the College’s collection of over 11,000 works. McArthur will spotlight a work at each talk. Some are modern pieces that reflect evolving artistic forms and styles, while others are survivors of fallen civilizations that carry memories of ancient cultures. In these brief art talks, she will demonstrate how art has served as containers of cultural information, documenting social traditions, scientific technology, religious beliefs and economic trends.

At the
Clark Humanities Museum:

Works from the
Scripps Collection

Chikanobu, A Glimpse of Dignitaries Dancing, 1888, 13 3/4 in. x 27 3/4 in., wood block print, Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures

Extraordinary Images: Japanese Prints from the Scripps Collections September 2 – October 1, 2019

Created in conjunction with two art history seminars on Japanese prints, in coordination with Treasures of Asian Arts Williamson Gallery.

Urban Life in Japanese Prints

November 25 – December 13, 2019

This exhibition was curated by students in ARHI 186C.

From Screen to Studio: Crafting Persona Through Portraits
January 21 – March 13, 2020

Ken Heyman, Claes Oldenburg, c. 1965, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in., Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback

This exhibition was curated by Scripps Wilson Intern Lauren Koenig ’20.

For events and Gallery visits, please note:

All locations are on the Scripps College campus. The map of the campus can be accessed here.

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: Anonymous, Japan, Lidded Cloisonne Box with Bird Motif, 1886-early 20th c., enamel on brass, 2 3/16 x 3 5/8 x 3 in., Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh.

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