The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2013 – 2014

So much is happening this coming year! See what the Gallery is up to:


Chasing Daylight: Philip Latimer Dike, 1927 – 1943

August 31  October 13, 2013

Former Scripps professor Philip Dike contributed greatly to the California art scene of the 1930s and 1940s through his work in the California Style of watercolor painting. The exhibition will feature works from Dike’s formative years in the US and Europe during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The exhibition will feature works from the Scripps permanent collection and private lenders. The opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, was held on Sept 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery. This event was free and open to the public. A special watercolor workshop will take place on the final day, October 13, from 2 to 4 pm. For information and reservations, please call Sylvia Megerdichian (909) 981-4508 or email

Focus on Photographs: Building a Collection at Scripps

October 26 – December 15, 2013

Focus on Photographs: Building Photograph Collections at Scripps opens October 26th and runs through December 15th, 2013 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. The exhibition features fine photographs and books, including donations by Virginia Adams; C. Jane Hurley Wilson and Michael G. Wilson; Sharon and Michael Blasgen; and Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin. On view will be works by Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron, Graciela Iturbide, Edward Weston, and many others. The opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, will be held on October 26th from 7-9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery. That same day, a panel discussion will take place at the Clark Humanities Museum on the Scripps campus from 4-5 p.m. These events are free and open to the public.

Ceramic Annual 2014: 70th Scripps Ceramic Annual

January 25 – April 6, 2014

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual opens for its 70th consecutive year on Jan 25th at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. The exhibition will feature the work of former Ceramic Annual curators. Peter Held, director of the Ceramic Research Center at Arizona State University, will speak from 4-5 p.m. at the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium. The opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, will be held on Jan. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

The Jean and Arthur Ames Fund, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Paul Soldner Endowment at Scripps College support the exhibition and catalog. Thanks also go to Francine and William Baker, Kirk Delman, David Furman, the Joan and David Lincoln Endowment, Susan and Brent Maire, the Marlin Miller Family Foundation, John Regan, and Skutt Ceramic Products, Inc.

Scripps Senior Exhibition

May 2 – May 18, 2014

An annual exhibition of final thesis projects created by graduating studio art majors, the Senior Art Show is the culmination 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. An opening reception will be held in the Bixby Courtyard on Friday, May 2, from 7-9 p.m.


Partially funded by the Ames and Harper Lecture Funds, as part of the Tuesday Noon Academy. Location: Hampton Room, Malott Commons, 12-1 p.m.

For details, call the Gallery at (909) 607-3517, or Karen Fagan at (909) 607-8507.

September 17, 2013, Janet Blake, curator of collections, Laguna Art Museum, “Chasing Daylight: Phil Dike, 1927-1950.”

November 5, 2013, Dr. David A. Scott, Founding Director, UCLA/Getty Conservation Program, The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

November 19, 2013, Elizabeth Robbins Turk ‘83, sculptor and recipient of a 2010 MacArthur Award, “Nothing is Everything: How the Negative Defines the Positive.”

December 10, 2013, T. Robert, artist and ceramic technician, “Ceramics  and Chemistry”:  the ceramic process as the meeting point of art and science.

February 25, 2014, Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts, Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA and Consulting Curator of African Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Vision and Legacy: African Arts at LACMA and a Tribute to Samella Lewis.”

March 4, 2014, Regula Feldman Campbell ’69, landscape architect and Principal of Campbell and Campbell, “Investing in Nature: Sacred Landscapes,” noon.


March 23, 2014,Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s Mexico,” 1-4:30 p.m., at the Scripps Humanities Auditorium (organized in conjunction with the exhibition “Alfredo Ramos Martínez: Picturing Mexico from California” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. To RSVP and for more information, call (909) 607-4690).


Image: Yoshu Chikanobu, World’s No. 1 Chiarini Great Circus Illustration, 19th c., print, 14 1/4 in x 29 1/8 in., Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts