––– Current Exhibitions & Programming –––


Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection
February 12 – March 28

The gift of Dr. Howard Berger and Fran Berger of Los Angeles features twenty-one of Rembrandt’s etchings of Jewish and Old Testament biblical subjects, as well as a drawing by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt’s teacher. A recent museum acquisition, an early self-portrait of Rembrandt, is also on display.


Rembrandt, Triumph of Mordecai, c. 1641, Etching and drypoint on laid paper, 6 7/8 x 8 1/2 inches

Collection of Howard and Fran Berger, gift to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art


Also on view: Dutch and Flemish prints of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries from the Dewayne and Faith Perry Print Collection, and thirty contemporary photographs by William Castellana of the South Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY.


With gratitude to our sponsors: Walter and Darlene Hansen, Jim and Mary Beth Vogelzang, Michael W. Kidd in memory of Dr. John B. Jantzen and Benjamin E. Ortega, Diane Dodds, and Shari and George Isaac.


Also thanks to the Rembrandt and the Jews Honorary Committee:


Chairs –

Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree and Marilyn Gevirtz


Members –

Antoinette G. Amorteguy, Drs. Benjamin J. Cohen and Jane S. De Hart, Drs. Sue and J. W. Colin
Diane Dodds, Christine and Robert Emmons, Dr. Jill Finsten, Marilyn Gilbert, Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer and Laurie Gross, Anna and David Grotenhuis, Yoel and Eva Haller, Walter and Darlene Hansen, Shari and George Isaac, Peter and Madeleine Jacobson, Cliff Lundberg, Leatrice Luria, Dewayne and Faith Perry, Sharol and Wayne Siemens, James Stretchberry, Michael and Anne Towbes, MaryBeth and Jim Vogelzang


Click here for more information on our Rembrandt programming.


Rembrandt and the Jews: A Symposium
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:30am – 1pm

Tickets are almost sold out!


Dr. Shelley Perlove (Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan) will give a talk on Rembrandt and religion; Dr. Ann Jensen Adams (Professor of Art History at UCSB) will speak on Rembrandt’s portraiture; and Dr. Nadine Orenstein (Curator of Prints and Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY) will speak on Rembrandt print connoisseurship.



Rembrandt, The Great Jewish Bride, 1635, Etching, Engraving, drypoint on laid paper, 8 3/4 x 6 5/8 inches

Collection of Howard and Fran Berger, gift to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art


Lectures in Winter Hall, Room 210 (Darling Foundation Lecture Hall), Westmont College; Lunch in the Winter Hall atrium.

Tickets are almost sold out! $35 per person (includes three lectures and lunch).

Contact museum@westmont.edu or 805-565-6162 for more information and to purchase tickets.

With gratitude to our sponsors: Raymond James® of Santa Barbara, Neunuebel Barrantes Wealth Management group of Raymond James®, and Barry Winick and Linda Saccoccio


William Castellana: South Williamsburg Street Portraits
Spring 2015

William Castellana: South Williamsburg Street Portraits is now on view in our second floor gallery! Castellana's photo series features street scenes of the South Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, which is home to many Yiddish-speaking Hasidic Jewish families.

Castellana is also a resident of South Williamsburg, and he takes these photographs quickly and unposed. The results offer a candid glimpse into the daily lives of South Williamsburg's Hasidic residents as they live in the midst of a flurry of gentrification taking over the Williamsburg neighborhood.

Below is a preview of the artist's work. We hope to see you in the museum soon!

Click here for more information on the exhibition.


*All photos are courtesy of William Castellana



Two Men/Lee Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn



Baby Holding Hands, Williamsburg, Brooklyn



Two Men at Makeshift Carnival During Sukkot Festival, Taylor St. Williamsburg, Brooklyn


––– Past Exhibitions and Events –––


Chakaia Booker
December 11, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Join us for Chakaia Booker's West Coast premiere exhibition! Experience a selection of her innovative rubber tire sculptures and prints.


Click here to view museum hours.


Click here for more information on the Chakaia Booker exhibition.


color of hope

Color of Hope . 2010 . Rubber tires & wood . 98 x 174 x 36 inches . Courtesy of Chakaia Booker.



Mask Workshop with Kiel Johnson

It's been a while, but we are starting up our blog again!

Visit the Museum blog to enjoy some pictures from our recent cardboard mask workshop that was led by L.A. artist Kiel Johnson on October 29th (Johnson currently has work on view in our ArtWatch 2014 exhibition through November 22).

Blog Post – Mask Workshop with Kiel Johnson


Here's a preview of the fun we had!

mask workshop


ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA

September 25 – November 22, 2014

Opening Reception – September 25 | 4-6pm

Artwatch pic

Left: Devon Tsuno, Agglomerate Horticulture, detail; Middle: Laura Krifka, Tyger! Tyger!; Right: Julia Haft-Candell, Shorts


The inaugural exhibition of our new ArtWatch series!

For more information, click here to visit the exhibition page.


5x5 Auction is now closed

The 5x5 auction is now closed! You can pay for your winning bids using a credit card on our online payment site, or you can pay in person at the museum with cash or check. On our online checkout, you have the option of having your pieces shipped to you (a small shipping fee will be applied to your total), or you can pick up your winnings in person at the museum. Our office hours are from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Thank you again to all of the 5x5 artists, and to all of you who participated in our auction fundraiser for museum programming!


Questions? Please contact: museum@westmont.edu or (805) 565-6162



Byron Temple and Mary Law: A Continuing Legacy in Clay

September 1, 2014 – December 19, 2014


Come explore the ceramic work of two renowned American potters – Temple and Law. This display is on view in our gallery located on the 2nd floor of the Adams Center for the Visual Arts. Law will have work available for sale from her two most recent firings.


If you are intersted in more information about Mary Law's work for sale, please contact museum@westmont.edu.