Welcome to the Art Department

The Art Department at Claremont Graduate University treats art as an enterprise that is intimately linked to the individuals who make it, often in ways that are not yet known to themselves or others. Its mission is to teach you, as an artist, to think clearly and deeply about what you are doing in the studio and what the results of your labors might be when exhibited out in the world.

Our two-year MFA program allows each candidate to create a customized course of study that includes one-on-one meetings with internationally recognized faculty whose own work is original and interdisciplinary, as well as seminars, tutorials, critiques, and workshops. Individual studios, solo graduate exhibitions, teaching assistantships, and student-governance make for an environment that stimulates independent thinking and rewards initiative.

We offer the space, facilities, and the critical faculties to practice and model the many behaviors required for a successful career as a culturally effective professional artist. Designed to facilitate a thriving and experiential art community, the Art Department building gives students 24-hour access to studios and facilities. Your studio neighbors will be both first- and second-year artists, so you will be able to talk with experienced students from day one. All discussions are held at the graduate level or beyond, up to the professional level.

Chair: David Pagel
251 E. 10th Street • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8071 • Fax 909-607-1276

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David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History
Chair, Art Department
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art




Art Department Faculty

Rachel Lachowicz profile image

Rachel Lachowicz

Professor of Studio Art

David Amico profile image

David Amico

Professor of Art

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David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History
Chair, Art Department
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

Amy Santoferraro profile image

Amy Santoferraro

Lincoln Visiting Professor in Ceramics

Carmine Iannaccone profile image

Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Michael Reafsnyder

Adjunct Professor of Art

Iva Gueorguieva profile image

Iva Gueorguieva

Adjunct Professor of Art

Julian Hoeber profile image

Julian Hoeber

Adjunct Professor of Art

Erik Frydenborg profile image

Erik Frydenborg

Visiting Artist


Extended Faculty – Claremont Colleges

Myriam Chancy

Scripps College

Research Interests

African diaspora with specialization in its literature

Ken Gonzales-Day

Scripps College

Research Interests

Art, art criticism, art theory, photography,race and racial formation

George Gorse

Pomona College

Research Interests

Italian Renaissance art and architecture; Italian Baroque art and architecture; Medieval art history; history of cities, palaces, villas, and gardens; history of Genoa

Art Department Events
Fall 2020– Spring 2021 Virtual MFA Exhibitions

Although the art galleries are currently closed to the public, you can still view the exhibitions virtually. Check back for new links as new shows are installed. All shows will be virtually on view for the remainder of the semester.

May 26, 2021 – May 30, 2021
John Lee Thesis Show – White Art
May 12, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Julie Loffer Thesis Show – Dreamwalker
May 12, 2021 – May 16, 2021
Ying Bo Zhao Thesis Show – From M.E. To Myself
May 10, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Luis Rodriguez Thesis Show – Camínos de La Vída
March 29, 2021 – April 2, 2021
Zafirah Ahmed Thesis Show – Arabesque
March 15, 2021 – March 19, 2021
A’Kailah Byrd-Greene Thesis Show – iridESSENCE
October 19, 2020 – October 30, 2020
Second Year Group Show – Collective Vision
October 5, 2020 - October 17, 2020
Jonah Elijah: Black Inhale
September 22, 2020 - October 5, 2020
Jill Steggall: lemonade
Amanda Mears: Strata

Art Galleries

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Our visiting Artist Lecture Series exposes you to professionals and practitioners with deep experience and insight. Visiting artists help mentor students, foster innovative projects, and promote intercollegiate collaboration. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Previous Lectures

Vito Acconci
Atlantic Lecture Series

Polly Apfelbaum
Atlantic Lecture Series

Edgar Arceneaux

Feng Feng
Pacific Lecture and Exhibition Series

Iva Gueorguieva

Ashley Hagan

Mary Heilmann
Atlantic Lecture Series

He Jiancheng
Pacific Lecture and Exhibition Series

Che Jian-Quan
Pacific Lecture and Exhibition Series

Liz Larner
Atlantic Lecture Series

Elana Mann

Rebecca Morris

Joe Scanlan
Atlantic Lecture Series

Barry Schwabsky
Atlantic Lecture Series

Jim Shaw

Art Alumni

The making of art has long been a major focus at CGU, and our alumni have taken the skills they honed here and forged new paths in the creative world. View a small sample of the many talented graduates of the CGU Art program.

History of the Art Department