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Opening Art Reception: Albert Contreras and Jane Park Wells MFA ’96

The university’s acclaimed MFA program kicks off the new academic year on a celebratory high note—with a special exhibit of works by the late Albert Contreras, a Santa Monica-based artist who gifted 132 pieces to the university’s Art Department, and by Jane Park Wells ’96.

Wells, a Claremont-based artist (she formerly lived in Pasadena), describes her work on her website as embracing minimalist and formalist traditions while also embracing “optimism and the incorporation of a dynamic color palette.” Her academic journey and training is firmly rooted in The Claremont Colleges: she first received her art education at Scripps College (BFA) before receiving a Master in Fine Arts from CGU.

Similarly, Contreras, who passed away in June, was a painter noted for a style that applied “gestural and geometric abstraction.” His work, like last year’s gift to the university of pieces from the Stanley Hollander Collection, will serve as part of a “working collection” to engage MFA students as they develop their perspectives and styles.

The week-long exhibit, which runs from August 29 to September 8, includes the opening August 29 reception which is also open to the public.

Accompanying photo information:

Photo of Jane Park Wells ’96, artist and CGU alumna