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***The museum will be closed on Monday, May 30th, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.



Current & Upcoming:

Exhibitions, lectures, and other events


Joie de Vivre: Tri-County Juried Exhibition
May 19 – June 18, 2016
Opening Reception & Awards: May 19, 2016 • 4-6pm


joie2 Artwork by tri-county artists that celebrates the "joy of living."


Featured artists:

Garrett Speirs

Bri Stanley '15

Marjorie Shipp

Leslie Lewis Sigler – 1st Honorable Mention

Jill Sattler

Joan Rosenberg-Dent

Alexis Jean Moore '16 – 2nd Honorable Mention

Marilyn McRae

Cynthia James

Stephanie Jamgochian

Annie Hoffman

Keaton Hudson '14 – Best in Show

Britt Friedman

Katie Curry '12 – 3rd Honorable Mention

Cody Cammbell

Lillian Bleuze-Nelson

Beverly Decker

Rosemarie C. Gebhart


Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Peter and Becky Adams
Lorry Hubbard
Diane Dodds and David Reichert
The Westmont Art Council



Playing Idioms by Nathan Huff and Chris Rupp
Ongoing through June 2016
Located in the display window outside of the downstairs level of the museum
(2nd floor, Adams Center for the Visual Arts)



Definition of idiom: an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that makes it up

Playing Idioms is an artistic collaboration between Nathan Huff and Chris Rupp. Come play the game of idioms with us!

Just as “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so too might the repetitions of grouped words inspire innumerable pictures? Huff and Rupp respond to various idioms through sculptural interpretations placed against an infinity-mirrored box. The artists’ sculptural assemblages are not literal translations of sayings, but are reconfigured maxims, which are submitted as an extension of malleable bits of language.

The exhibition will change every 3-4 weeks and will either be a collaboration between the artists or an independent interpretation by one artist or the other.

By creating new monthly sculptures within the space, the artists will engage viewers with notions of cultural inclusion/exclusion, with the de-constructed vocabulary of a specific adage, or with the artists’ teasing humor based on the lingo of puns.

The artists have included a box outside of the display for submissions of axioms or truisms from viewers. Please tell us your favorite idioms. The artists will respond to “sayings” that “capture their imaginations” and create a new sculptural window display every three to four weeks.


Visitors should plan to come back often and check out the window.



Past Exhibitions & Events

2015-2016 Season



Primed: Westmont Senior Graduate Exhibition 2016
April 7 – May 7, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, April 7, 2016 • 4-6pm



Come experience and celebrate the capstone projects of Westmont's graduating studio art majors.


Molly Beans • Esther Bent • Emma Doremus • Betsy Freeman • Kailie Grinder • Aria Hamann • Alexandra Kutcher • Angela Lowe • Alexis Jean Moore • Brian Mull • Allie Reilly • Fernanda Rivera • Frances Rozhko • Claire Vance • Max Vincent • Wendy Waldrop • Taylor Williams


Press Release


A special thank you to our generous lead sponsors Francie and Ken Jewesson. Also, thanks to the Westmont Art Council and Jane and David Jackson for their support.




Bonjour de France! A French Family Day
March 5, 2016 • 10am – 4pm
Free admission, all ages welcome



Image: Family Day 2014

Family Day is back! This year's theme is Bonjour de France

This free event is open to all ages. Come enjoy a fun day of games, crafts, activities, music, food, and performances celebrating French culture. Everyone in the family will find something fun to do. We will even have a French flea market with bargains on books, artwork, ceramics, antiques, decorative pieces, jewelry, old post cards, puppet dolls, berets, and more!


For more information click here.


Questions? Call the museum at (805) 565-6162 or email museum@westmont.edu



Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France: Lectures & Events

Dr. Paul Hayes Tucker
Art from Art, Art from Life: Reflections on Monet’s Modernism
Professor of Art History Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston
February 1st, 2016 at 6pm • Porter Theatre, Westmont College
Light refreshments, Free admission


Dr. Laurie Monahan
Moving Through the Landscape: Sites and Sights in French 19th-century Art
Assoc. Prof., History of Art & Architecture University of California, Santa Barbara
March 1st, 2016 at 12noon • Founder’s Room, Westmont College
Free Admission; bring a brown-bag lunch, or come at 11:45am to purchase lunch in the Westmont Dining Commons (guest lunch is $10.00)


Bonjour de France! A French Family Day
at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
March 5, 2016, 10am-4pm
Experience France in Santa Barbara at Westmont! This family festival will be a day of fun activities, crafts, food, music and performances celebrating French culture.
Free and open to all families and all ages.


*The lectures and Family Day are free admission for all. No reservations required. Seating for the lectures is first come, first serve.


Questions? Call the museum at (805) 565-6162 or email museum@westmont.edu



Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France
January 14 – March 19, 2016
Opening reception: January 14, 2016 • 4-6pm



Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
Fillette accrochant une cage dans un arbre
Little Girl Hanging a Cage in a Tree

Oil on canvas

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree Collection


The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is excited to showcase twenty-eight artworks from the private collection of Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree.

The exhibition features paintings and drawings that were created by artists working in 19th-century France within the Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism movements. Among the artists featured are Mary Cassatt, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, and more.

Press Release

Exhibition Page



Saar, Serra, Surls, and more: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art
October 29 – December 19, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, October 29 • 4-6pm



Left to right: Alison Saar, Inheritance, 2009; Richard Serra, Promenade Notebook Drawing III, 2009; James Surls, Me and She Looking, c. 2000


Our permanent collection is growing!

In the last five years the museum has acquired approximately 1,200 new works and $4 million in value due to generous gifts, bequests, and purchases. On occasion we will be organizing exhibitions to introduce these new acquisitions. The works in this upcoming exhibition were created between 1980 and the present, and they represent a selection of global artists.

We are especially appreciative to many special friends who made works or funds available to us. First and foremost, we acknowledge Dewayne and Faith Perry, who created a Print Acquisition Fund for the Museum. We are grateful to Nestlé USA who liquidated their corporate art collection, and donated several important works to us. We thank artist Lynn Aldrich and her dealer Edward Cella for the donation of an early sculpture from her oeuvre. Another important sculpture by Jessica Stockholder came as a gift from Southern California collectors Arnold and Marie Forde. Finally, we recognize the estate of Barry Berkus from which we made noteworthy purchases that enriched our collections.

Among the artists that will be featured are Andy Goldsworthy, Urs Fischer, Carl Andre, Jessica Stockholder, Claes Oldenburg, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Chakaia Booker, Nancy Graves, and Lynn Aldrich as well as Alison Saar, Richard Serra, and James Surls.

We hope you will join us as we unveil and celebrate some of the exceptional artworks that are now housed in our permanent collection.

Click here to view the press release



Wesley Anderegg Ceramic Sculpture
September 2 – December 19, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 10am-1pm


andereggWesley Anderegg, Man With Magic Hat


Explore the ceramic sculpture of Central Coast artist Wesley Anderegg

His earthenware pieces and drawings feature imaginative narratives, as well as commentary on social and political issues.


To view more of Anderegg's work click here.


On view in our downstairs gallery. Anderegg with have works available for purchase.



tug: Dane Goodman & Keith Puccinelli
September 2 – October 17, 2015


Los Angeles critic and curator Christopher Miles writes: …for all their goofball and clownish imagery, [the artists] are deft semioticians dealing constantly in the fun and bite of crunching cultural code.

David Pagel of the LA Times describes Goodman and Puccinelli’s work as self-effacing: The artists allow us to see ourselves from a distance, as imperfect, well-meaning characters caught up in dramas...in an otherwise maddening world.

Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara art critic, called the artists a push-pulling dynamic duo.



The Boat, 2014-2015, Installation view, 12 x 25 x 6 feet



tug Artists' Talk with Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli
September 23, 2015 | 6:30pm

If you missed out on Dane and Keith's talk, fear not! Watch and listen to the artists discuss their collaborative process, their artistic and musical influences, and preview never-before-seen works.




tug: Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli
September 2 – October 17, 2015
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 | 4:30-7:00pm
Artists' Talk: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 6:30pm

Westmont College, Adams Center, Room 216




Come experience collaborative artwork by Dane Goodman and Keith Puccinelli

About six years ago Goodman and Puccinelli, both Central Coast based artists and long-time friends, began a cooperative partnership in making art. At first blush their artistic styles may seem a mismatch, but at the core, both men are excellent draftsmen and both are interested in the ways that everyday objects and ordinary events reveal nuanced messages—both good and bad—about human relationships.

In their first collaboration, eating fresh peaches and tomatoes talking about death drawing together, Goodman and Puccinelli made 110 monotype prints together. The prints were first exhibited at Jane Deering Galleryin 2013, and were later acquired by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Goodman and Puccinelli’s new collaborations in their drawings and three-dimensional inventions are equally provocative. These drawings and sculptures pose cacophonous interchanges, often charged with the artistic duo’s signature humorous but stinging punches. Their art forces us to ponder harsh realities, which we often prefer to ignore.


We are grateful to our lead sponsors:

Michael & Nancy Gifford
Susan Jørgensen & Alice Gillaroo
Clay Tedeschi


Also thanks to:

Jill & John C. Bishop, Jr.
Susan E. Bower

Jane & Chris Deering
Judy & Rob Egenolf
Rita Ferri & Joseph Narkevitz
Bill & Rosemarie Gebhart
Amanda McIntyre

Debbie Murphy
Merrily Peebles & Paul Roberts
Sharol & Wayne Siemens

Mary Beth & Jim Vogelzang


Questions? Contact (805) 565-6162 or museum@westmont.edu