he public art collection at Claremont McKenna College has been significantly enriched over the past five years with the addition of several public art installations across campus. Six outdoor sculptures and an indoor mural– created by some of the world’s most renowned artists - are available for the public’s enjoyment, and are accessible to everyone.
The Public Art Committee of the Board of Trustees oversees the college's public art program, which seeks to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and scholarly life of CMC and the Claremont Community. The integration of public art on the CMC campus serves to augment and enhance core institutional values of a residential liberal arts college. The CMC Public Art Program cares for existing works of public art as well as advocates for securing new works of campus art.
Here are highlights of CMC’s public art:
A 40-foot totem is one of the last works created by celebrated sculptor, painter and printmaker Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). The white-painted, stainless steel sculpture was installed in 2017 between Appleby and Phillips halls at the site of the original Story House on campus.
Bove’s four pieces on the Claremont McKenna College campus include two created for CMC in 2019 and two previously exhibited to great acclaim: Four Loops (2019) is a white, looping tubular glyph created in 2019 for CMC. Measuring 267-inches long by 79-inches high and 34-inches wide, the loops will appear to float in space.
Meet in the middle
Artist Chris Burden’s Meet in the Middle is a sculpture of streetlights and benches located in front of Roberts Pavilion. Donated by CMC Trustee George Roberts ’66 P’93, Meet in the Middle was installed in 2016.
From the mountain to the sea
Mary Weatherford’s monumental mural From the Mountain to the Sea is an imposing painted and neon tube abstract mural located in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. It was acquired in 2015 by a group of Trustees on the Public Art Committee.
All outdoor sculptures are accessible year-round to the public.
The Weatherford mural is accessible during campus business hours.