Creative, thoughtful, self-directed people continue to make Scripps College a major player in the world of education. In this issue, we focus on art, an area of historic strength at Scripps, and the imaginative force that gives this small college a broad canvas.
We explore the roots of the College’s art program, the influence of Scripps artists — faculty and students — on the Southern California art movement, and the ongoing vitality and success of the art program today.
In the studio and classroom, professors who are renowned artists themselves teach our students — from combined media with Susan Rankaitis to wheel throwing and hand-building sculpture with Adam Davis; from digital art with Nancy Macko to the art of book making with Kitty Maryatt ’66; from painting with Alan Blizzard to video art with T. Kim-Trang Tran and to photography with Ken Gonzales-Day, the art department chair. No wonder art is one of the most popular majors at Scripps.
But art at Scripps happens outside the studio and the classroom. Art at Scripps extends its vibrant life and wide-ranging opportunities for students throughout the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.
Because Scripps art faculty members are significant figures in the art world — both locally and nationally — they help our students gain access to competitive internships at such institutions as The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino and the Autry Museum in Los Angeles and to one-to-one learning experiences with professional conservators and practicing artists; these opportunities are in addition to several internships at Scripps’ Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, including the Wilson internship, the Elizabeth Robbins Turk internship in art conservation, and Getty multicultural internships. A number of our graduates go on to become practicing artists, such as Lisa Adams ’77, whose thoughtprovoking art is shown on page 39, while other alumnae claim top leadership positions at national art galleries and institutions (see page 23).
This issue also takes a look at the current exhibition at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968, part of the grand Gettyled Pacific Standard Time series of exhibitions throughout Southern California this year. We hope you have a chance to see the fascinating sculptures at the gallery, on display through April 8. You may view more images on Scripps Plus, our online magazine.
Clay’s Tectonic Shift is vibrant and imaginative. Just like art at Scripps.
Mary Shipp Bartlett
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