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It is always a challenge to stay current with the art of our time. Art history interprets art that has come before; contemporary art asks that we become critics of art made today. It means as critics, we must be fluent in the issues, trends, politics, and cultural shifts of our time, keeping current on emerging technologies and new materials.

The contemporary works in our permanent collection have come from many gifts and other sources. Two major private collectors have helped shape our collection. Barry Berkus and his son Jeff Berkus and Arnold and Marie Forde were private collectors who enjoyed “the hunt.” They attended exhibitions and gallery openings and enjoyed getting to know emerging artists and encouraging them with significant purchases. They were willing and eager to donate parts of their collections to museums, so everyone could enjoy the art.

Some of the works in the exhibition came to the Museum as gifts from artists or families of artists, who desired a significant piece of their oeuvre be placed in a museum collection for perpetuity. Other works came as acquisitions. When the Museum has an opportunity to purchase a significant work, we can tap into a small, but growing, acquisition budget for purchases.

Our collection has a particular interest in artists who work on the Central Coast, especially art by people of color and women artists. We also collect contemporary art from global artists; notable examples include works by British, Mexican, Iranian, and German artists. We have a deep strength in sculpture, works on paper, and ceramics. 

The art of our time requires thoughtful consideration. The work may not speak to you at first, but we invite you to spend some time with each piece, approaching each with a creative and open mind. 

Brian Alfred - Saddest Day of My Youth

Brian Alfred (American, b. 1974)
The Saddest Day of My Youth, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
Gift of Berkus Family Collection

Wesley Anderegg - Heads

Wesley Anderegg (American, b. 1958)
Lady and Her Pets, 2020
Westmont Acquisition

Iwan Baan - Chandigarh 

Iwan Baan (Dutch, b. 1975)
Chandigarh (published in Brasilia-Chandigarh Living With Modernity, 2010)
C-print with face mounted acrylic
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

Sandow Birk - Northern California Women's Facility

Sandow Birk (American, b. 1962)
Northern California Women's Facility, Stockton, CA, 2001
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Gift of Berkus Family Collection

Andrea Bowers - Families do not have Borders

Andrea Bowers (American, b. 1965)
Monarch Butterfly (Families Do Not Have Borders), 2016 
Marker on cardboard
Westmont Acquisition

Kent Anderson Butler - Drowning

Kent Anderson Butler (American, b. 1971)
Drowning With Land Still in Sight, 2016/2019
Mixed media sculpture
Westmont Acquisition

Los Carpinterios- Tanque le Aqua

Los Carpinteros (Cuban artist collective, 1994)
Tanque le Aqua, 2002
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

Dorothy Churchill-Johnson - Joy Rising

Dorothy Churchill-Johnson (American, b. 1942)
Joy Rising, 2004
Oil on canvas            
Gift of Janyth Strickland

Connie Connally - Ocean Tumble

Connie Connally (American, b. 1952)
Ocean Tumble, 2014
Oil on canvas
Gift of Connie Connally

Kelli Connell - The Valley

Kelli Connell (American, b. 1974)
The Valley, 2006
C-print with face mounted acrylic
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

Date Farmers - Glow in the Dark

The Date Farmers (Mexican-American artist collective, 1998)    
Glow in the Dark, 2012
Acrylic and mixed media collage on wood panel
Westmont Acquisition

Michael David - Scarecrow

Michael David (American, b. 1954)
Scarecrow, 1987
Oil, wax, and acrylic on canvas        
Gift of Berkus Family Collection

Marcos Ramirez ERRE - Toy-An Horse Updated

Marcos Ramírez ERRE (Mexican, b. 1961)
Toy An-Horse, 2016
Wood, steel, and red lava rocks
Westmont Acquisition

Charles Garabedian - Self Portrait as a Bobble-head

Charles Garabedian (American, b. 1923)
Self Portrait as a Bobble-head, 2006
Acrylic on paper
Westmont Acquisition 

Lawrence Gipe - Woman and Window

Lawrence Gipe (American, b. 1962)
Woman and Window (Panel #5 from Schone), 2001
Oil on panel
Gift of Berkus Family Collection

Dane Goodman - Loaded

Dane Goodman (American, b. 1947)
Loaded – Cardinal & Potato, 2013
Model Magic, acrylic, and wire
Gift of Frances Garvin and Keith Julius Puccinelli

Nathan Hayden - Untitled

Nathan Hayden (American, b. 1977)
Untitled, c. 2009
Metal wire        
Frances Garvin and Keith Julius Puccinelli

artist self-portrait with a green sculpture atop his head and birds flying around

Nathan Huff (American, b. 1981)
Seeking Balance, Chasing Francis, 2020
Acrylic and acrylic gouache on fabriano
Westmont Acquisition

David Ireland - Cake Dome Updated

David Ireland (American, 1930 – 2009) 
Cake Dome Vitrine, 2000-2001
Glass cake stand with dome, Fixall, and blue pigment
Westmont Acquisition 

Kenneth Jewesson - Untitled

Ken Jewesson (American, b. 1939)
Untitled, 2019
Ink, acrylic, and collage on paper
Gift of Ken and Francie Jewesson

Karen Kilimnik - The Czars

Karen Kilimnik (American, b. 1955)
The Czars, 1991
Gift of Marie and Arnold Forde

Shirin Neshat - Offerings

Shirin Neshat (Iranian, b. 1957)
Offerings Series, 2020
Chromogenic photograph (C-print)
Purchased with funds provided by the Dewayne and Faith Perry Print Acquisition Fund

Catherine Opie - Crenshaw High School Marching Band

Catherine Opie (American, b. 1961)
Crenshaw High School Marching Band, 2007
Color archival digital print
Westmont Acquisition

Robert Priseman - Suffolk Landscape

Robert Priseman (British, b. 1965)
Suffolk Landscape – S, 2011
Suffolk Landscape – U, 2011
Suffolk Landscape – M, 2011
Suffolk Landscape – A, 2011 
Suffolk Landscape – C,
Oil on board in antique Indian shrine frame    
Gift of John and Barbara Priseman

Keith Puccinelli - Noi Pupi

Keith Puccinelli (American, 1950-2017)
Noi Pupi, 2012
Mixed media sculpture
Westmont Permanent Collection 

Image coming soon

Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014)
Gift of the Don Reitz Estate

Joan Rosenberg-Dent - Dancer

Joan Rosenberg-Dent (American, b. 1942)
Dancer #1 (inspired by Martha Graham), c. 2000
Dancer #2 (inspired by Martha Graham), c. 2000
Gift of Joan Rosenberg-Dent

Adam Ross 1

Adam Ross (American, b. 1962)
Untitled (Chronopolis 2), 2003 
Oil and alkyd on canvas over panel
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

Adam Ross 2

Adam Ross (American, b. 1962)
Untitled, 1990
Oil and alkyd on wood panel    
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

Alison Saar-Inheritance

Alison Saar (American, b. 1956)
Inheritance, 2009
Bronze and cotton cloth 
Edition of 9, Santa Barbara City College Foundry
Westmont College Acquisition 

Marie Schoeff - Untitled

Marie Schoeff (American, b. 1952)
Untitled, 1990
Gift of Joan & Philip Marks

Kiki Smith - Rabbit

Kiki Smith (American, born in Germany, b. 1954)
Kneeling Woman with Rabbit, 2004
Collaged photo-lithographs and photo-etchings with pen and ink on Nepalese paper
Westmont Acquisition 

John Sonsini - Trinidad

John Sonsini (American, b. 1950)
Trinidad, 2007
Pencil on Paper
Gift of Berkus Family Collection 

James Surls - Me and She Looking Updated

James Surls (American, b. 1943)
Me and She Looking, c. 2000
Aspen, ash, cherry, and steel 
Westmont Acquisition 

Swoon-Chopper Updated

SWOON (American, b. 1977)    
Chopper 1977, 2015
Cut paper collage and acrylic on panel 
Westmont Acquisition

Dug Uyesaka - guided by voices

Dug Uyesaka (American, b. 1953)
guided by voices ll , 2010
Light bulb, artist wooden hand model, hardware, magnifying glass
Collection of Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art

John Walker - The Centre

John Walker (English, b. 1939)
The Centre, #2, 1985
Oil on canvas
Gift of Berkus Family Collection



Explore the Works Further!

Sandow Birk

Andrea Bowers

Lawrence Gipe

Kiki Smith

Brian Alfred

Dorothy Churchill-Johnson

Robert Priseman

Connie Connally

Dug Uyesaka

Nathan Huff

Marie Schoeff