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Pomona College Plans New Art Museum Following $15 Million Gift

CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA—Pomona College announced Wednesday, February 27, that it will move forward with plans for a new art museum on its campus following a $15 million donation from alumna Janet Inskeep Benton. The new institution will be named the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College and is expected to open in fall 2020. Designed by Boston-based architecture firm Machado Silvetti, the 33,000-square-foot facility will host exhibition, education, conservation, and storage facilities and serve as a connection between the Pomona campus, downtown Claremont, and the greater Los Angeles region.

“The Benton will be a rewarding visit for all who seek to venture beyond the expected and to explore the diversity of California,” said Pomona College president G. Gabrielle Starr. “This new museum will benefit our students, our community, and the SoCal art scene in which our campus has long played an important role.”

The new museum will replace the existing Pomona College Museum of Art, which will continue operations through May 2020. The Benton will house the museum’s collection Native American art, Renaissance panel paintings, and a significant collection of photographs, prints, and drawing. It will also continue PCMA’s Project Series, which has supported exhibitions from Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Charles Gaines, among others, and the museum’s participation in the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.

“Pomona College has long been at the center of artistic excellence and experimentation for Southern California,” said Kathleen Howe, museum director and professor of art. “The Benton continues our commitment to presenting vibrant contemporary art, intimately engaged with the issues of our day, while bringing the art of the past into an ongoing dialogue with the present.”

February 28, 2019