The Williamson’s Year at a Glance, 2015 – 2016


Here’s a peek at what is planned for the 2015-2016 academic year! See what the Gallery is up to:

Dates are occasionally subject to change. Events are open to the public.


August 29 – October 18, 2015
Opening Reception: September 12, 2015, 7-9 pm

This exhibition explores the evolution of documentary photography as it expanded to include artistic expression. Works by Eve Arnold, Ilse Bing, Dmitri Baltermants, Leonard Freed, Michael Kenna, Leon Levinstein, Barbara Morgan, Tatiana Parcero, August Sander, and Marion Post Wolcott will be displayed. While at first these images might seem easily divided into either the factual or the artistic, closer inspection reveals elements of both within each work. Through the pieces, the artists confront topics such as war, suffering, love, and human resilience in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

October 31  – December 13, 2015
Opening: October 31, 7 – 9 pm
Scripps College has a large collection of paintings from China dating to the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1644 and 1644-1912). In recent years, over 30 paintings have been painstakingly conserved through grants from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, as well as the Jean and Arthur Ames Fund.

These conserved Chinese paintings will be on display at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, many with photographs showing the works before restoration.  Daoist paintings depict sages and immortals; Buddhist paintings feature monks and bodhisattvas; several images show butterflies, birds and flowers, or scholars and ladies in garden settings. Delicately detailed pictures of birds and flowers are contrasted to quickly brushed impressions of nature. One colorful painting of life-size peacocks is attributed to the Jesuit priest and artist Giuseppe Castiglione, who worked for the Qianlong Emperor, bringing Western style painting to China in the mid-18th century.

SYMPOSIUM: Preserving China’s Past
October 31, 2015,  2 to 5 pm
Location: Scripps College Humanities Auditorium (Change of venue!)
In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be a symposium on conservation practices for Chinese paintings at Scripps. Speakers will include Dr. Mimi Gardner Gates, Director Emerita of the Seattle Art Museum; Nicholas Dorman, Chief Conservator Seattle Art Museum; Xiangmei Gu, Chinese painting conservator and Andrew Hare, Japanese and Chinese painting conservator, both from the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Museums of Asian Art, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Wash., D.C.

The exhibition brochure and symposium are made possible by generous gifts from John Regan, Professor Emeritus, Claremont Graduate University.

At Scripps College’s Performing Arts Center
World Premiere of
Snowflakes, Blossoms: Friends of the Way
November 1, 3 – 4:30 pm
Snowflakes, Blossoms: Friends of the Way, a vocal chamber work based on 17th century Chinese poetry, will be performed.
The event is free and open to the public, but may require tickets or reservations. For more information on the concert, please call Becky Ackley at (909) 607-3267. 

Concert Reception at the Williamson Gallery
November 1, 5 to 6 pm

A reception for the concert will be held in the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, allowing concertgoers to see paintings from the same historic period.

January 23 – April 3, 2016
Opening: January 23, 2016, 7 to 9 pm
Lecture: Jan. 23, 4 to 5 pm, Humanities Auditorium

The Scripps College Ceramic Annual opens for its 72nd consecutive year on Saturday, Jan 23rd, 2016 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. The exhibition’s curator is Susan Beiner. The theme of this exhibition is comparing the processes of “sight” for 2-D drawings and “touch” for 3-D ceramic forms. Artworks planned for this Ceramic Annual include pieces by Andrew Casto, Bryan Czibesz, Lauren Gallaspy, Oona Gardner, Brian Gillis, Julia Haft-Candell, Del Harrow, Paul Sacaridiz, and Amanda Small.

On January 23 from 4 to 5 pm, there will be a special lecture related to the exhibition at the Scripps Humanities Auditorium, followed by the opening reception, with live music and light refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. at the Williamson Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Scripps Senior Exhibition
April 29–May 15, 2016
Opening: April 29, 7-9 pm
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. An opening reception will be held in the Bixby Courtyard on Friday, April 29, from 7-9 p.m.


November 2, 2015
Dr. Claudia Brown, Professor of Art History, Arizona State University, “Splendor and Subtlety: Qing Painting Inside and Outside the Manchu Court,” Rm. 101, Steele Hall, Scripps College, 7 p.m. Event supported by Clark Lecture Funds.

November 18, 2015
Malott Commons, Hampton Room, Scripps College
Suzanne Muchnic, Art writer and author of Odd Man In: Norton Simon and the Pursuit of Culture (1998), will discuss her new book, LACMA So Far.
Time: 1:00 p.m. with a book signing at 12:45. Tea and dessert follow the talk.

Lectures Sponsored by WorldBridge, LLC 
New Location! Rm. 101, Steele Hall, Scripps College, 7:30 p.m.

February 11, 2016   Dr. Richard M. Barnhart, Professor Emeritus, Yale University, “Adventures in the Early Collecting of Chinese Painting.”

February 25, 2016: Hollis Goodall, Curator of Japanese Art, LACMA, “Mining Japanese Miniatures: Netsuke and Their Collectors.”

March 10, 2016 Dr. Julie Nelson Davis, Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, “Partners in Production: Japanese Prints in the 18th c.”

March 24, 2016 Mr. Frederic T. Schneider, author of The Art of Japanese Cloisonné Enamel: History, Techniques and Artists, 1600 to the Present, “Cultivating Foreign Shoppers: Meiji Era Artists’ Gardens and Entrepreneurship.”

These presentations are open to the public and admission is free. Dates are occasionally subject to change.


During exhibitions, the Gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm.

Image: Selection from  Illustrated Magazine for Customs and Manners Vol. 188, May, 1899, print, 10 3/16 in x 7 5/16 in., Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts