Museum to Raise Big Bucks in Small Artworks

By Scott Craig   |   January 11, 2018
Five-inch square works of art will be auctioned off beginning Thursday, January 11

Small works of art from several hundred artists from around the country will be auctioned during “5X5: Celebrating Westmont College’s 80th Anniversary” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art on January 11-26. An opening reception Thursday, January 11, from 4 to 6 pm will start the online auction (, which lasts until Friday, January 26, at 5 pm. The opening reception, which includes coffee and cake, is free and open to the public. All proceeds from the event, which generally brings in about $20,000, will go toward the museum.

“We have been looking forward to bringing the 5×5 exhibition back, and Westmont’s 80th Anniversary is the perfect way to celebrate,” says Judy Larson, R. Anthony Askew professor of art history and museum director. “It’s a great opportunity to support the museum’s programs, meet new artists, and connect with old friends.”

Artists were invited to create a unique work of art on a five-inch square piece of Rives BFK paper, which they received and returned to the museum by mail. 

The exhibition features renowned artists Christo, Charles Arnoldi and Chris Raschka along with local luminaries Tony Askew, Mary Heebner, Penelope Gottlieb, Dane Goodman, Richard Aber, and author T.C. Boyle

The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and college holidays. For more information, please visit or contact the museum at (805) 565-6162.


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