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Art, Science, Spirituality Collide In Exhibit

Adam Belt explores the point where art, science and spirituality converge in an exhibition, “Adam Belt: Wish You Were Here,” Sept. 1 – Nov. 5 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception takes place Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4-6 p.m. in the museum.

Wish You Were Here, 2013 LED Spotlight, clock motor, metal disc 70in x 12 1/4in x 16 1/4in (size of projected image variable) Photo credit: Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Adam Belt's "Wish You Were Here," an LED Spotlight, clock motor and metal disc. (Photo: Philipp Scholz Rittermann)

Belt, who was born in Seattle and grew up in Albuquerque, began his career as a landscape painter before shifting his interests to making visible the unseen energies at work in our universe, especially those forces beyond our meager understandings. 

“His work is simple and minimal, yet it asks complex questions and reveals profound truths,” says Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “Curiosity is at the core of Belt’s works. He explores the intersections of science and the visual arts, inviting his viewers to see our world in new ways.”

“His interest in the environment has led his art to correlate with the sciences, from geology to astronomy, and he portrays his explorations through unique and exciting means,” says Chris Rupp, museum collection manager.

Belt's "Gentle Whisper"
Belt's "Gentle Whisper"

In 2001, Belt received a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University, where he was introduced to the Christian monastic tradition and became particularly interested in the practice of contemplative prayer. The aspects of prayer, silence and time became key components in his work along with an understanding of his creative practice as a religious vocation.

He has exhibited his work in a variety of museums and galleries, including RCM Galerie in Paris, Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visit or contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.