he public art collection at Claremont McKenna College has been significantly enriched since 2015 with the addition of multiple public art installations across campus. The 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.
With the exception of the Chris Burden and Jeppe Hein benches visitors are asked to please not touch or climb the sculptures—help us preserve the art for all.
The Public Art Committee of the Board of Trustees oversees the college's public art program which seeks to integrate art into all aspects of campus life and provide an opportunity to engage with the arts and others constructively. The addition of public art on the CMC campus serves to augment and enhance core institutional values of a residential liberal arts college and support CMC’s distinct mission. 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:
Qwalala opened to the public at the end of August 2023. The extraordinary sculpture of a curving wall of over 1500 solid glass-bricks is 75 meters long reaching 2.4 meters at its highest point. Approximately half of the bricks are made of clear glass with the other half a range of 26 swirling colors.
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.
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.
A group of whimsical bench sculptures stand outside Adams Hall with a view of Kravis Center and the Athenaeum. The benches are a gift from Denise and Benjamin Kraus ’11.
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.
Bruce Wolfe’s career in sculpture spans forty years of receiving commissions to do busts and figurative portraits of many notable personalities. He is adept in both oils and clay and has taught figure painting as well as sculpture in several of his native Northern California art schools.
All outdoor sculptures are accessible year-round to the public.
The Weatherford mural is accessible during campus business hours.
Please contact the Director of Public Art 909-607-2275 for more information about the CMC Public Art collection.