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Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Shows Off Recent Acquisitions

James Surls’s “Me and She Looking,” a sculpture made of aspen, steel and ash. Click to view larger
James Surls’s “Me and She Looking,” a sculpture made of aspen, steel and ash. (Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art photo)

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art shows off some of the amazing art it has acquired in the past five years in Saar, Serra, Surls and More: Thirty New Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, an exhibition that will run Oct. 29 through Dec. 19, 2015. An opening reception from 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, which includes works made in the last 35 years, features artists Andy Goldsworthy, Urs Fischer, Carl Andre, Jessica Stockholder, Claes Oldenburg, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Chakaia Booker, Nancy Graves and Lynn Aldrich, Alison Saar, Richard Serra and James Surls.

In the last five years the museum has acquired about 1,200 new works and $4 million in value due to generous gifts, bequests and purchases.

“Westmont alumni Faith and Dewayne Perry generously donate to a print purchasing fund each year, which has allowed us to begin to form an interesting core collection of contemporary prints,” says Judy L. Larson, R. Anthony Askew chair in art and museum director. “Printmaking has been an important part of Westmont’s studio art program, so it makes sense to purchase great examples of contemporary prints for students to study.

"Other purchases and gifts of photography, paintings, drawings and sculpture have come from a variety of opportunities. Our holdings for local artists are strong, and we anticipate organizing an exhibition featuring just our Santa Barbara artists in the future,” Larson said.

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 is closed Sundays and college holidays.

For more information, please visit or contact the museum at 805.565.6162.

— Scott Craig is the manager of media relations for Westmont College.


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