Mask Workshop with Kiel Johnson

We are starting up our blog again!

Enjoy some pictures from our recent cardboard mask workshop that was led by L.A. artist, Kiel Johnson on October 29th (Johnson currently has work on view in our ArtWatch 2014 exhibition through November 22). Check out these fun photos – students had a blast getting creative with Kiel and making wacky Halloween masks!

*Photos courtesy of Westmont’s Horizon Newspaper


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Invisible Realms Art Council Party


Dennis Savage and Juliet Tibma enjoy conversation at Judy Larson’s home.



Judy Larson, Museum Director, (pictured in red) introduces new Art Council members.


Juliet Tibma and Kathy Larson.


Jennifer Johnson with Heather and Madison Rupp.


Bindis were given out to celebrate the different religions that encounter the sacred.

Following the opening reception of Invisible Realms: Encountering the Sacred, Art Council members enjoyed curry at the home of Judy Larson, Museum Director. The Invisible Realms exhibition opened on August 29th and will be shown through October 12th.


Prints in the Time of Corot

While you are here, visiting our ceramics. Be sure to take in the display of Prints in the Time of Corot: Selections from the Dewayne and Faith Perry Print Collection. Originally put on display in coordination with our exhibition of paintings, prints, and drawings by Corot, we have kept this exhibition up due to popularity.

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12 Speed: Westmont’s Senior Exhibition Opens

12 Speed, our exhibition of works by the graduating art majors of Westmont College, opened on Thursday, April 4th to an incredibly well-attended reception. We were touched by the strong community support as hundreds of people came from across the college campus, Santa Barbara, and surrounding cities to celebrate the achievements of Westmont’s 12 senior art majors.

The exhibition will be open through May 4.

Please enjoy a few images from the opening.

Lecture’s by Scott Allan, Amy Kurlander, and Jill Newhouse at the Corot Symposium

Part 1: Conversations on Connoisseurship: Corot and the Barbizon School of Landscape Painters from Westmont Museum on Vimeo.

Part 2: Conversations on Connoisseurship: The Process of Painting in Corot’s Late Landscapes by Amy Kurlander from Westmont Museum on Vimeo.

Part 3: Conversations on Connoisseurship: Corot and His Drawings from Westmont Museum on Vimeo.

Click the link above to view a video from our Corot Symposium.

This video is a document of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: Conversations on Coinnoisseurship, a symposium hosted on February 9th, 2013 by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.

The event featured Dr. Scott Allan, Dr. Amy Kurlander, and Jill Newhouse, and was moderated by Judy L. Larson, Director of the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art.


Family Fun Workshop: Observing Nature

Saturday, March 2nd beginning at 1pm

In keeping with Corot’s love of the outdoors, Families are invited to use their senses to experience nature in a fun afternoon of crafting, bookmaking, and drawing. Take inspiration from the paintings in the gallery, create your own sketchbook, then join us for a walk around Westmont’s campus as we look and listen to nature while using craft techniques to record the things we discover. Snacks are included.

Come spend an afternoon outdoors and learn about the relationship between art and nature!

This event is free and is geared toward families. Children of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled event, young children may need help in book-making.

Full event will run approximately two and a half hours. However, it is possible to come for portions of the event. It is best to arrive at the beginning for the gallery quiz and bookmaking experience!

For more information:
or call (805) 565-6162

Dreamkeepers makes the Santa Barbara News-Press

Great reviews Josef Woodard from the Santa Barbara News-Press on our exhibition Dreamkeepers: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art calling it “one of the more dynamic and satisfying art shows of the season.”

Pick up a copy of the news-press today.

Dreamkeepers: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art is open through January 19th.

We will be hosting a family event from 12-3 on Saturday, December 8th and an Art Hike from 12-2 on Saturday, December 15th. Come visit us soon!



Ceramic Show and Sale Opens Tomorrow at 10am!

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art has received some wonderful ceramics from potters all over the country and these great works will be available to you tomorrow (November 15th) starting at 10am sharp!

Come and see work by many of America’s most celebrated potters, including Sunshine Cobb, Ann Tubbs, Ryan Greenheck, Victoria Christen, Michael Hunt & Naomi Dalglish, Sean O’Connell, Ron Linn, Kyle Carpenter, Sue Tirrell, David Crane, Kristin Pavelka, Joan Rosenberg-Dent, David Eichelberger, Sandra Torres, Deanna Pini, and Chris Rupp.

These will make excellent holiday gifts!