Mentors Art Exhibition Planned at Downtown Center

The various aspects associated with exhibiting art can be daunting. Cal Poly Pomona aims to help its students get a toehold in the process through the Mentors Art Exhibition, which is running March 7-April 25 at the Downtown Center Gallery in Pomona.

The premise of the project is simple: Pair an Art Department faculty member with up to three students of his or her choice and the faculty member mentors them, one-on-one, through the exhibition process. The event, which premiered in 2007 during Pasadena's ArtNight, highlights the value and importance of mentoring at Cal Poly Pomona.

“We pride ourselves in helping our students enter the professional world of art and design,” says Babette Mayor, professor and chair of the Art Department. “This is an opportunity for us to help students gain valuable insight into the highly rigorous and competitive experience of exhibiting. It is also an opportunity for students to learn about and interact with their local community.”

The exhibit features artwork from 32 faculty and students of the Art Department, and includes 3D design, painting, mixed media, photography, and digital work.

On March 14, alumni and artist receptions are scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Center Gallery, located at 300 W. Second St., in the Pomona Arts Colony. The alumni reception starts at 5 p.m. The artist reception, at which the public is welcome, follows at 6 and continues until 9 p.m.

A closing reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The March 14 reception will coincide with Metro Pomona's Second Saturday Art Walk, which features more than 25 galleries hosting receptions for their latest exhibits, while shops and restaurants offer extended hours. The Farmer's Market also is scheduled downtown that evening, from 4 to 8 p.m.

For more information on the Mentors Art Exhibition, contact Babette Mayor at (909) 869-3515 or Patricia Martinez at (909) 869-3508.