Profile of The Pomona College Museum of Art in California

••• Francisco Goya's "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters," 1796-1799, etching, 182 x 120 mm. Image courtesy Mondadori Portfolio, Getty Images.


The Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, California, is a teaching museum and was established in 1958.


The Pomona College Museum of Art originated in 1958 with the Montgomery Art Center, named after the late Gladys K. Montgomery, who was a Pomona trustee and Los Angeles civic leader.

The Museum's program of art exhibitions and accompanying lectures parallel and enhance the courses taught at Pomona College.


According to the Museum's website:

"The Pomona College Museum of Art originates lively and innovative art experiences that foster creative and critical thinking. "


The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 North College Avenue in Claremont, California.

"The museum is on the northeast corner of College and Bonita. The public entrance is on the north side of the museum, in the courtyard surrounded by Bridges Hall of Music (Little Bridges), Thatcher Hall, and Rembrandt Hall."

Please refer to the Museum's website for further information.


Museum's Conservation Department:

The Pomona College Museum of Art has a permanent collection, so from time to time, certain works of art will require the services of an art conservator in order to preserve the works for future viewing.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum's permanent collection includes artworks by renowned artists such as Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Ruscha, Elaine de Kooning, and Francoise Gilot.

The collection includes important pieces from the Kress Collection such as "15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; over 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs."

The public art piece by James Turrell titled "Dividing the Light," is an architectural installation with a sky observation window which opened on the campus in the fall of 2007. The Skyspace is open to the public at sunset and sunrise. The piece which interacts with the growing or receding sunlight helps to make the viewer more perceptive about light and dark, and vision and awareness. 

Noteworthy Facts:

The Pomona College Museum of Art hosts temporary exhibitions to coincide with the College's academic year. The exhibitions range from the College's faculty and student shows to historical and contemporary exhibitions, with its main purpose to provide students with a wide exposure to the visual arts and culture.

All exhibitions are accompanied with lectures and College programs. The collections are available for individual study and research, and for the College's classes. 

Employment Information:

The Museum regularly posts job listings and college internships on its website in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, exhibitions, library, sales, security, etc. In addition, there are various volunteer positions available.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a position at the Museum, a cover letter and resume are requested to be emailed to the person listed in the job ad.

To learn more about how to find a job and how to apply for employment, be sure to check out Job Search sites for some good tips, like how to write a resume.

Museum's Contact Info:

Pomona College Museum of Art, 30 N. College Avenue Claremont CA, 91711. Tel:  (909) 621-8283.

Pomona College Museum of Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Friday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed holidays