Pitzer College Art Galleries believe in the power of art to inspire, engage, and transform. The Galleries’ exhibitions and programs facilitate inquiry into contemporary and historical issues of importance and reflect Pitzer College’s core values of social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, and environmental sustainability. With a focus on inclusivity, we seek to expand and deepen our understanding of the world around us. Through collaborations and partnerships with artists, and the Pitzer community, we facilitate meaningful engagement across multiple constituencies and disciplines.
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.
Ciara Ennis, PhD.
Pitzer College Art Galleries Director and Pitzer College Head of Curatorial Affairs
Exhibitions and Communications Manager
Pitzer College Art Galleries will be closed from May 15 – August 28, as we prepare for our fall exhibitions. We will reopen in September for groups of up to 6 people for one-hour visits. Appointments are offered Tuesday through Saturday on the hour at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. Make a reservation to visit our current exhibitions, and complete our online health check form on the day of your visit, prior to arriving.
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.