Supporting the future of art:
Rembrandt Club Junior Art Prizes

One of the Club’s most important and long-standing traditions is our support for Pomona College Art Students. We began giving them small grants back in 1937 and have continued the practice (and enlarged the grant amounts) through the years thanks to funds raised through member dues, fundraisers, and gifts.

Currently we give Junior Art Prizes to one or more Pomona College art students annually for research and travels to complete their senior thesis. Pomona’s Studio Art and Art History faculty recommend the students, and those selected describe their previous summer’s research in the first October Rembrandt lecture of the academic year. Their fascinating topics have ranged from Neon Sign Making, UK Sexuality and Visual Culture, Creating Social Space through Pie Making, Italian Baroque Images of Africans, and more.

Our 2021 Grant Winners:

Sand Castles, by Asher Fikre, Studio Art major. He will drive through the deserts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico to document the food, water, energy, ecology, and human impingements  of the human and non-human inhabitants, and what can be learned from them.

Uniting Tongzhi, by Sam Chan, Art History major. They will travel to Hong Kong to explore the fluidity and creativity of the visual queerscapes of three seminal lens-based artists: Ellen Pau, Yan Ching, and Tse Ka Man to ground their thesis that Hong Kong is a cultural oasis for the visual arts in the Greater China diaspora.

Becoming Agnes Martin, 

by Eric Blair, Biology & Visual Art double major. He will travel to Taos to see Martin’s paintings at the Harwood Museum, and camp while he is there so he can experience the environment that informed Martin’s life and work.

Click here for a list of previous Grant Winners. A number of these students have gone on to become nationally and internationally famous artists and art scholars. One of our favorite speakers, Sana Javeri Kadri, had an especially innovative combination of art, social justice, and spices that has become a revolutionary business model. Click here for Martha Stewart Living's piece about Sana's spicy business. And click here for recipes associated with the text.