The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2017 – 2018

Here’s a look at what is planned for the 2017-2018 academic year. See what the Williamson is up to:




Exhibition Runs Aug. 26, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018

War, indigenous cultures and inner transformation ferment in Revolution and Ritual: The Photographs of Sara Castrejón, Graciela Iturbide and Tatiana Parcero. In this exhibition, the Williamson focuses on the works of three Mexican women photographers who explore and transform notions of Mexican identity in images that range from the documentary to the poetic.

Revolution and Ritual is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.  The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Aero Mexico is a sponsor of Revolution and Ritual.

Special Event!

Latin Dance Performance
and Salsa Dance Lesson
Saturday, November 18, 3:30 to 4:30 pm

The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company will perform Latin dances in the Bixby Courtyard, in front of the Williamson Gallery, Sat., Nov. 18. Before they take the floor, though, the company members will offer a salsa dance lesson to all visitors who want to give it a whirl. Light refreshments will be served. A visit to the Revolution and Ritual exhibition at the Gallery, (open from noon to 5 p.m.), would be the perfect way to round out the afternoon. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

For more information on other organizations located nearby (and a bit farther afield) that are participating in the Getty’s LA/LA initiative, please visit: Revolution and Ritual




January 20 – April 8, 2018
Opening: January 20, 2018, 7 to 9 pm, Williamson Gallery
Lecture: January 20, 4 to 5 pm, Humanities Auditorium

Stories Without Borders, the current Scripps College Ceramic Annual, opened for its 74th consecutive year on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Patsy Cox, professor of Visual Art, California State University, Northridge, is the guest curator. This exhibition celebrates artists who embrace a myriad of cultures and backgrounds. Cox explains: “As an artist and educator from a multicultural background, I am personally interested in exploring the manner in which cultures affect, impact, and assimilate into one’s art. For the Scripps 74th Ceramic Annual, I have selected artists who make work that speaks directly about their identity, roots, home and sense of belonging as well. These sentiments are expressed visually and physically in their work through the artists’ use of color, form, and content. All of these artists bring their own experience and interpretation to address their social and cultural experiences. Standing amidst this work, the viewer will have the opportunity to embrace what might be different and uncomfortable, but also beautiful and compelling.”

The artists include Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Christina Erives, Steven Young Lee, Roberto Lugo, Kyungmin Park, Zemer Peled, and Roxanne Swentzel. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Namita Gupta Wiggers, American crafts curator and writer.




April 27 – May 12, 2018
Opening: April 27, 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 27, 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. 

Image: Utagawa Kunisada III (aka Hosai Baido), Tale of Hideyoshi, 10th Act, 1890, print, 14 1/4 in. x 28 in., Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts. Scripps College, Claremont, CA.