Building a Legacy:
Founding a Museum, Building a Collection
The permanent collection of the Claremont Museum of Art began even before the museum established a physical home in 2006. Due to the generosity of the artists and individuals and their belief in the core values of the fledgling museum the collection grew to nearly 80 works in three years. Gifts of art continued even as the museum faced it's most challenging times and eventual closing.
Despite the loss of a public venue the Museum still holds the collection in trust for the public. Through collaborations and loans, portions of the collection have been recently exhibited at AMOCA and The Huntington Library. 2012 acquisitions include a watercolor by Martha Underwood and a bronze sculpture by Aldo Casanova.
The Claremont Museum of Art's permanent collection includes work by Jean Ames, Bennett Bean, Karl Benjamin, Marjorie Burgeson, Aldo Casanova, Albert Contreras, Rupert Deese, Phil Dike, John Fassbinder, Betty Davenport Ford, Robert George, Gary Geraths, James Grant, Rebecca Hamm, Susan Lautmann Hertel, Norm Hines, James Hueter, Rico Lebrun, Sam Maloof, William Manker, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Harrison McIntosh, Walter Mix, Richard and Alice Petterson, Roland Reiss, David Scott, Millard Sheets, Albert Stewart, James Strombotne, Martha Underwood, Helen Watson, Emerson Woelffer, Michael Woodcock and Milford Zornes.