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Happy Birthday
David Armstrong!

Pictured: Clips of David Armstrong at AMOCA 2019-2020.

Join us in celebrating the birthday of the one and only David Armstrong. To celebrate turning 80, David has requested gifts be made in his honor to support the Artist in Residence program at AMOCA.

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About David Armstrong

David Armstrong (b. 1940) is a Pomona entrepreneur and ceramics enthusiast. His family moved to Pomona, California in 1944 and opened a furniture and appliance business. Armstrong attended Pomona College to study zoology and while in college, he discovered a love for ceramics when he took a class with Paul Soldner. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. 

Armstrong closed the family furniture business in 1969 to open Armstrong’s Gallery. The gallery featured limited-edition ceramic collectibles specializing in porcelain figurines and collector plates from around the world. 

He went back to college and earned a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics in 1993 from the Claremont Graduate School. He was one of Soldner’s last graduate students. From 2000-14, the Armstrong’s Gallery specialized in studio ceramics. He closed the gallery in 2014 to focus on the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

The Julianne and David Armstrong Gallery at AMOCA is named in his honor and in honor of his spouse, Julianne Armstrong.

Artist in Residence at AMOCA

In 2012, the Artist in Residence program at AMOCA was launched and Bobbie Free from Montana became the inaugural artist-in-residence. From those humble beginnings, artists accepted into the program over the next six years were afforded a semi-private studio space, 24/7 access to studio facilities, and equipment for one to six months. In the fall of 2018, Mr. Armstrong provided the means necessary for a local furnished apartment, within walking distance, to be provided to artists as part of the residency program. In 2019, Laguna Clay (a regional ceramics supply company) became an annual program sponsor and now provides artists a clay stipend. The Windgate Foundation made a significant grant in the spring of 2020 to double the size of the program and underwrite it through 2022.

Watch the video below to learn more about the residency experience from Laura Nave, the most recent resident.

More information about the artist in residence program is coming later this year. Sign up for the AMOCA newsletter for the latest news!

Make a Gift

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