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Opening 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.

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

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.