The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2020 – 2021

2020-2021 offers an exciting roster of exhibitions: check what’s coming up at the gallery!

Hosai Bando Kunimasa
Kabuki under Maple Leaves, 1899, woodblock print, 14 in. x 28 in.,
Aoki Endowment, Scripps College, Claremont, California


The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps is temporarily closed to the public until further notice as a precautionary measure because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  We have taken this step to protect the health and safety of the community.

Though our physical space is closed, you may see highlights of the Scripps collection  at or browse the collection at

We greatly appreciate your interest in the visual arts at Scripps and look forward to welcoming you back in the Williamson Gallery.

Have a look at what is planned for the 2020-2021 academic year. See what’s new at the gallery… 




August 29 – October 24, 2020
Opening Celebration: September 12, 5 to 7 pm

Alison Saar, Snake Man, 1994, edition AP 3/4, lithograph and woodcut, 28 x 37 in.,
Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Perhaps you can go home again, after all: Scripps College celebrates the return of alumna Alison Saar ’78, renowned sculptor and printmaker, this fall in Mirror, Mirror, The Prints of Alison Saar, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. As the name of the exhibition reveals, the Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation generously provided works from Schnitzer’s immense private collection, one frequently featured in museum exhibitions. Mirror, Mirror presents more than 30 prints chosen from Saar’s enormous portfolio created over the past 35 years. While visitors may view the works as of Aug. 29, 2020, the formal opening of the exhibit is on Sept. 12, from 5 to 7 pm, with live music and  light refreshments. The exhibition remains open through October 24. Both the opening event and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibition, please visit The Prints of Alison Saar



A Virtual Exhibition

Chikanobu, Chiyoda Inner Palace: No. 11 Night Cherry Blossom Viewing in the Garden, 1896, woodblock print on paper, 13 7/8 in. x 28 1/16 in., Aoki Endowment, Scripps College, Claremont, California

The power of nature and its many beauties, emerging one by one as the year unfolds, are revered in Japan—so much so that, over centuries, the Japanese have created a poetic vocabulary of seasonal motifs that feature prominently in literature, art and daily life. Cherry blossoms, irises, red maple leaves and snow: each communicates the moods of its given season. Enhancing Japanese paintings and prints, these motifs decorate clothing and homes as well. They even inspire many of the country’s annual festivals, entertainment and travel. This fall, the Williamson Gallery celebrates that rich tradition with the exhibition, Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art, planned as a virtual exhibition, which will be featured on this website in November and December. For more information, please visit the exhibition webpage.

Later this year, please visit the “Lectures” section below for presentations related to this exhibition.



JANUARY 30 –APRIL 11, 2021

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 30, 7-9 pm
Location: Williamson Gallery
Ceramic Annual Lecture, Saturday, January 30, 4 pm
Location: Humanities Auditorium

The curator of Scripps 77th Ceramic Annual, artist Ashwini Bhat, discusses her plan for the exhibition:  “On Fire: Contemporary Trailblazers draws together some of the most compelling and diverse artistic imaginations, imaginations that prod us to acknowledge new trajectories through the clay world. By encouraging us to look more deeply into the history of clay, of objects and object-making, the exhibition ignites conversations about the content of work and the relation of that content to background narratives connected to clay (and often to other materials).

“Here then are artists setting the field on fire with their processes, ideas, and innovative expressions. As an artist-curator, I’m particularly interested in the juxtaposition of works by this group, a juxtaposition of materials and approaches— raw and fired clay, paper, concrete, paint, textile, sculpture, drawing, video, animation, and performance. Assembled in one room, these works vibrate and converse, creating a visual and textual symphony.”

The Ceramic Annual lecture will be held at the Humanities Auditorium on Jan. 30 at 4 pm, followed by the opening, with live music and light refreshments, at the gallery, from 7 to 9 pm.



APRIL 30 – MAY 15, 2021
Opening Celebration: April 30, 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 April 30 through May 15th. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, April 30th. 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.

Please note that dates are occasionally subject to change. All of these exhibitions and events are open to the public. Admission is free.


Object-Based Art Workshops

Short Lunchtime Gatherings on Works in the Collection
& Fall Tours of Shiki: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art


Hiroshige, Tale of Genji: Murasaki and Genji Enjoying the Snow, c. 1854, woodblock print on paper, 14 1/4 in. x 29 5/8 in., Aoki Endowment, Scripps College, Claremont, California


Hosted by Meher McArthur
Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections
Object-based Art Workshops: Understanding Japanese Art

Over the second half of the fall semester, while Four Seasons is on view, exhibition curator Meher McArthur will lead six object-based workshops in the Williamson Gallery. Similar to McArthur’s regular “Quick Bite of Art” series, these workshops will take place at noon once a week for six weeks. Meher will spotlight specific art works in the exhibition and introduce other similar objects for closer handling and discussion. These 30-minute workshops will be open to students of the five colleges, faculty and staff. The list of workshops is as follows:

  • Movable Paintings: Understanding Japanese Folding Screens and Hanging Scrolls
  • Wearable Works of Art: Understanding the Japanese Kimono
  • Publishing Art for the People: Understanding Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Stoneware above Porcelain: Understanding Japanese Ceramics
  • Beauty in a Protective Coating: Understanding Japanese Lacquer
  • Coloring within the Lines: Understanding Japanese Cloisonné

Please revisit this site in the fall for the times and dates of the workshops.


Please visit this site later in the year for more information.



Every year, the Williamson offers a rich variety of lectures, presented by experts in their fields.

Please return to this site later in the year for the list of lectures for the year.

Please note that dates are occasionally subject to change. All of these exhibitions and events are open to the public. Admission is free.

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