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Shelby Ottengheime ’23 Embraces Art, Archaeology, and Japanese American Heritage

Shelby Ottengheime stands in front of the white Mead Hall wall with her mural, which depicts gray barbed wire with a barb that transforms into a bright orange and yellow bird that opens its wings in flight at the top right corner. Shelby wears blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt with red at the top and black and white stripes at the bottom. She has long straight brown hair and bangs.At the nexus of archaeology, art, and family history lies the distinctly Pitzer experience of senior Shelby Ottengheime ’23. Her multifaceted interests begin with her major in anthropology on the human evolution, prehistory, and material culture (HEP) track—which will soon culminate in an archaeological dig in Belize. Discover how Ottengheime taps into ancient and family history as a muralist, art galleries fellow, and anthropologist.
December 5, 2022
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Environmental Artist Lauren Bon Reimagines LA River for Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture

Lauren Bon’s Junker Garden installation outside of Pitzer’s McConnell Dining Hall. A green box on tall green stilts. On the side of the box is a white silhouette of a running bird. The box on stilts casts a shadow on a multicolored painted car with plants growing from the inside and spilling out of the back and the windows.Environmental artist Lauren Bon will discuss how her artwork, Bending the River, reimagines and redirects the Los Angeles River as part of Pitzer College’s Murray Pepper and Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series. Her talk will be held on Tuesday, December 6, in the College’s Benson Auditorium at 4:15 p.m. Located on Tongva land, Bending the River has been described by the Metabolic Studio as “an infrastructure artwork” and is evolving through conversation with artists, Native communities, activists, local community, and the many governmental agencies needed in order to realize this work.
November 21, 2022
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Pitzer College Art Galleries Showcase the Power of Art to Change Lives in the American Penal System and in Public Perceptions

Claremont, Calif. (August 28, 2019)—Pitzer College Art Galleries presents two complementary exhibitions that look critically at the social impacts of the American penal system, the aesthetics of mass incarceration, and art’s capacity to create change in the lives of individuals who are incarcerated. Disruption! Art and the Prison Industrial Complex and Ashley Hunt:Degrees of Visibility [Read More...]
August 28, 2019
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Sesshu Foster and Arturo Ernesto Romo to Deliver Pitzer College’s 2019 Pepper Distinguished Artists Lecture

2019 Pepper Lecture: Recent Rupture Radio HourClaremont, Calif. (January 18, 2019)—Poet Sesshu Foster and artist Arturo Ernesto Romo will discuss artistic collaboration, living an independent artist’s life and the role of arts in community building in their talk “Recent Rupture Radio Hour (The East L.A. Dirigible Tapes)” at Pitzer College on February 5. Foster and Romo are Pitzer’s 2019 Murray Pepper and Vicki [Read More...]
January 18, 2019