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*Thanksgiving holiday: the Museum will be closed November 25-29th, and will reopen on Monday, November 30th.*
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions/Events
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.
Wesley Anderegg Ceramic Sculpture
September 2 – December 19, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 10am-1pm
Wesley 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.
On view in our downstairs gallery. Anderegg with have works available for purchase.
Past Exhibitions & Events
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
Also thanks to:
Jill & John C. Bishop, Jr.
Susan E. Bower
Jane & Chris Deering
Judy & Rob Egenolf
Rita Ferri & Joseph Narkevitz
Bill & Rosemarie Gebhart
Merrily Peebles & Paul Roberts
Sharol & Wayne Siemens
Mary Beth & Jim Vogelzang