The Pitzer College Art Galleries’ mandate is Education and Advocacy through the Pitzer College core values—social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement, and environmental sustainability. By following these precepts, Pitzer College Art Galleries engage and interrogate contemporary and historical issues of importance to expand our audiences’ understanding and contributions to our artistic, intellectual, and social culture. Through curatorial creativity and innovative programming, the Galleries seek to provide context, support, and a critical framework for artists and curators working today and, by doing so, inspire meaningful dialogue that fascinates, excites, and invigorates.
About Our Program
University museums and galleries such as Pitzer are unique entities as they serve both external and internal constituencies and are not beholden to the market. This advantage is also a commitment—one that allows institutions like ours to maintain their ethical rigor in education and to promote social equality through exhibitions that are intellectually provocative, justly diligent, and visually compelling. These exhibitions function as teaching tools by encouraging interdisciplinary approaches to pedagogy and providing alternate lenses through which to examine diverse fields of study. Regardless of the disciplinary focus, this image- and object-based approach can expand students’ critical observational and interpretative skills and increase not only visual literacy, a skill employed in most aspects of our lives, but provide a wider cultural understanding and connectiveness to disparate subjects. Pitzer College Art Galleries is a critical conduit of educational, cultural, and social enlightenment for our students. Whether virtual or in person, the Galleries’ will continue to program artist and faculty lectures, cross-disciplinary symposia, in-house produced videos, as well as socially-conscious exhibitions that examine racial and gender equity.
For more than a decade Pitzer Galleries exhibitions have explored critical social justice and racial and gender equity issues. Building on this foundation, Pitzer Galleries will be foregrounding the College’s Racial Justice Initiative in everything that we do. In collaboration with Associate Dean Adrian Pantoja, the Pitzer Galleries are developing a committee titled The Ministry of Culture—inspired by Emory Douglas’ role as artist for the Black Panther Party—which will:
- Develop effective ways of addressing critical issues of racial inequity through art/culture on campus
- Amplify voices of artists and cultures who have been conventionally marginalized by the overtly White art world
- Work to create and promote standards and systems that actively support equity in creative practices
- Actively question how programming created under the banner of The Ministry of Culture can challenge inequality, privilege, and access
- Pitzer College Art Galleries will provide a virtual platform for discussion and programming for underrepresented and entirely non-represented members of the community
The students, faculty, and staff of The Ministry of Culture will facilitate productive and creative conversations about how art can be used as an effective tool for social change.
Ciara Ennis, PhD.
Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Head of Curatorial Affairs
Exhibitions and Communications Manager
(to be filled)
Our exhibitions are in two locations on the Pitzer College campus:
1060 N Mills Avenue
Nichols Gallery map
The Lenzner Family Art Gallery
1050 N Mills Avenue (North on the campus service road West of Claremont Blvd and 9th Street)
Lenzner Family Gallery map
Parking at the Claremont Colleges is regulated by Campus Safety. All vehicles parking in visitor spaces on campus lots on weekdays must display a temporary parking permit, which can be obtained from Campus Safety at no cost. If you are attending our opening reception or a symposium on the weekend, a permit is not required to park in visitor spaces.
Street parking on Claremont Boulevard does not require a permit and is less than a five minute walk from the Lenzner Family Art Gallery.