ARLIS/NA SoCal Visit to the Denison Library, 6/27

As previously mentioned, Jennifer Martinez Wormser has generously offered to host an artists’ books event at Denison Library in Claremont. We’ve scheduled the visit for Tuesday, 6/27, and we’re now collecting RSVPs!

If you’d like to attend, please complete this RSVP form as soon as is convenient. If there is sufficient interest, we’ll coordinate carpools from LA.

Event Description:

Join the Southern California chapter of ARLIS/NA at Scripps College in Claremont, where participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the Ella Strong Denison Library’s collections and spend some time discussing and exploring artists’ books.  We’ll look at formats and materials, and we will also discuss collection development and instruction strategies with respect to this unique genre.  In addition, participants will visit the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s collections and view some of the art installed in various locations on the beautiful Scripps campus designed by architect Gordon Kauffman and featured on the National Register of Historic Places.  Join us for the day to network, explore artists’ books, and learn more about the collections at our nearly 100-year-old college dedicated to women’s liberal arts education.  For more information, see:


9:30-10 – Arrival/check in/pastries, coffee, tea

10-10:45 – Short walk to see Alfredo Ramos Martinez mural, graffiti wall and Scripps campus architecture

10:45-11 – Break

11-12:30 – Ella Strong Denison Library overview and welcome, followed by in-depth discussion and hands-on activity focused on artists’ books

12:30-2 – Lunch

2-3:30 – Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery behind-the-scenes collections tour

3:30 – Departure OR optional happy hour at Bardot in the nearby Claremont Village (about a 10-15 minute walk away):

Driving and Parking directions (parking is free):

Scripps College address: 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA  91711

You can park at any legal open spot along the street on Columbia, 10th and 11th, and Scripps also has a lot at the intersection of 10th and Columbia that has some free visitor parking.  From Columbia Avenue, you can see the back of the library, but to arrive at the proper entrance you can enter the gate at 11th and Columbia and follow the path heading eastward which will take you around the building to your right, facing Jaqua Quadrangle.  As you continue down the path, you will see an iron gate to your right, which invites you into the library’s Valencia Courtyard.  Walk through the courtyard and under the loggia to the left to the library’s entry door.

Public Transport via Metrolink: Claremont does have a Metrolink station in the Village; it is about a twenty minute walk from the station to Scripps College.  For more information, see:

Other nearby sites that may be of interest to attendees wishing to add on another day in the area:

Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College:

Sam Maloof House:

American Museum of Ceramic Art:

Claremont Lewis Museum of Art:

California Botanic Garden:

Alf Museum of Paleontology:

Claremont Heritage:

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