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: Rachel Lachowicz
251 E. 10th Street • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8071 • Fax 909-607-1276

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Rachel Lachowicz

Associate Professor of Studio Art
Chair, Art Department

 

Art Department Faculty

Rachel Lachowicz profile image

Rachel Lachowicz

Associate Professor of Studio Art
Chair, Art Department

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David Amico

Professor of Art
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art

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David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History

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Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Anne Bray

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Michael Reafsnyder

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Nicole Seisler

Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Professor of Ceramics

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Iva Gueorguieva

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Julian Hoeber

Adjunct Professor of Art

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Yi Kai

Visiting Artist

Videos

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