Surprise Summer Exhibit Features New Gifts

R. Anthony Askew American, b. 1939 Responsive Nature 1976 Color Woodcut Gift of R. Anthony and Barbara Askew

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its newest treasures this summer in “The Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collections,” through early August. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed weekends and college holidays during the summer. For more information, please visit or contact… [Continue Reading]

CATLab Students Collaborate to Innovate

CATLab students and staff at WestmontDowntown

Fifteen high-achieving Westmont students, working closely with college staff this summer at Westmont Downtown (26 W. Anapamu St.), are solving some of the most daunting challenges confronting the college’s admissions, advancement and information technology departments. Through this unique initiative of the Center for Applied Technology known as CATLab, students code, post, write, network and serve…. [Continue Reading]

Willis’ Essay Book Earns National Award

Paul Willis' book "To Build a Trail" wins national award

Paul Willis, Westmont professor of English, won the 2018 Indies Bronze, Essays and was an Indies Finalist for Autobiography and Memoir by Foreword Reviews for his collection of essays “To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love & Wonder” (WordFarm, 2018). The Foreword Reviews, which honor the best books published by an independent press each… [Continue Reading]

Students Bolster 4th of July Concert

Dr. Michael Shasberger

Twenty-four Westmont students, recent graduates and professors will join the West Coast Symphony Orchestra for a free Fourth of July concert “The Dream of America” at 5 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens. For more information, please visit The event, which includes Michael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, as… [Continue Reading]

Emmaus Road Reaches Out Globally

Emmaus Road Team Thailand/Malaysia

Across the globe, 37 Westmont students are spending their summer experiencing and engaging with contemporary challenges and opportunities as part of the Emmaus Road program. Five separate student-led teams are serving in Spain, Uganda, Thailand and Malaysia, Southeast Asia and Peru. Participants met regularly throughout the spring semester to prepare for the trips. Emmaus Road… [Continue Reading]

Trailhead Teens Explore Their Faith, Futures

Students enjoy a cruise around the Santa Barbara Harbor as part of Trailhead

Seventeen high school students are taking part in the first session of Westmont’s unique program Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, which allows students to explore how faith can guide their future as they seek to make a difference in the world. “For young people today, that space is harder and harder to find; the pressures of… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Jumps Into View at Observatory

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s Keck Telescope will zoom in on Jupiter and several globular clusters as part of the free, public viewing of the stars Friday, June 21, at the Westmont Observatory. The viewing begins after sunset about 8:30 p.m. and lasts several hours. Unlike the last few gatherings, this month’s viewing will not have to compete with… [Continue Reading]

Celebrating the Outstanding Graduates of 2019

Hunter Stilwell will find ways to create impactful art within his community

Each year, the Westmont community celebrates the many ways that God has gifted our students academically by announcing and honoring the Outstanding Graduate Awards in each department during are announced and honored during the Academic Awards Convocation prior to Commencement. The following are the Outstanding Graduates of 2019. Art                          Madeleine Kilpatrick was introduced to printmaking… [Continue Reading]

Theater Faculty, Alumna Win Indy Awards

Director John Blondell

The Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont Theater Arts Professors Mitchell Thomas, John Blondell and alumna Paige Tautz ’14 with Indy Awards May 20 at the New Vic. The annual theater awards recognize excellent work in the local region. Thomas was lauded for directing “Pride and Prejudice,” Blondell for directing “The Magic Flute” and Tautz for… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Awards Local Artists

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum Body and Soul Exhibition

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art kicked off its yearly exhibition featuring Tri-County artists by handing out $3,000 in cash awards to winners at the opening reception May 16. Roxanne Sexauer, UC Long Beach professor of art, juried the exhibition, “Body and Soul: Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition,” selecting paintings, prints, collages, sculptures, watercolors and photographs… [Continue Reading]