Benton Museum of Art

As a teaching museum, the Benton Museum of Art cultivates rigorous collaboration with the Pomona College community to create compelling and innovative art experiences within a welcoming environment.

Our vision is to make the visual arts an essential part of the experience of all Pomona College students. By presenting contemporary and historic works of art for exhibition and study, and placing those works in context, the museum engages, instructs, and delights visitors from a range of audiences. The museum utilizes carefully designed, lively, and innovative exhibitions and programs to link the creative energy of making art and experiencing art. It envisions its collections as a teaching resource, emphasizing first-hand conversation with art objects as a tool for increasing visual literacy and investigating the diversity of human experience. It achieves this by integrating the visual arts into the broader intellectual and disciplinary context of Pomona College. The museum encourages active learning and creative explorations across disciplines, and among the visual arts, performing arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences. The museum approaches the arts with the same quest for knowledge, discovery, and understanding that guides practitioners across disciplines—the scientist, the engineer, the policy maker, the sociologist, the economist, the historian, and the performer.

120 W. Bonita Avenue Claremont, CA 91711
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Collection Study Rooms & AllPaper Seminar

Our study rooms provide a portal into the art collections of the College. They function as both storage and gallery, with open table space and walls for short-term display of objects not currently on view in the galleries. Providing an opportunity for close examination of works of art without the barriers normally needed for public display, the study rooms gives students, faculty, and selected members of the public intimate contact with original works of art.


A generous gift from Carlton and Laura Seaver allowed the Museum to update the traditional role of a collection study space by equipping it as a state-of-the art “smart classroom.” This technology brings access to the collections into the 21st century, melding the study of tangible, physical objects with the virtual and encyclopedic resources online


AllPaper Seminar


The Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College is pleased to announce that the Getty Foundation and the Tavolozza Foundation have generously provided funding for the the third year of the AllPaper Seminar, a program designed to introduce emerging professionals of diverse backgrounds to the field of works on paper. For the next session, the seminar will focus generally on prints and drawings, and specifically on contemporary practice. Related questions of interpretation, display, and conservation will also be addressed.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Adventures in Collecting Drawings with Laura Giles and Jack Shear
February 17, 2024 4:00 pm

Affiliation Groups and Organisations

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January 1, 12AM UTC
Pose, Power, Practice: New Perspectives on Life Drawing
Vernon Square, London, WC1X 9EW, United Kingdom

From the sixteenth century to the present, drawing the human body from life has remained a mainstay of Western institutional art practice. Despite significant shifts in the aesthetics, media, and […]

January 1, 12AM UTC
The Drawing Foundation – All Day Drawing Competition
15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY, 10003, United States
Join up to 65 other artists for a full day of drawing from multiple live models
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