Thanks for a great 2018!

In this season of giving and gratitude, join me in making a tax-deductible contribution to AMOCA. Only through your generosity is the education, outreach, and exhibition programming at the Museum made possible. Here are my top four reasons to be grateful this season – each was made possible by your contributions:

  • Sharing the joy of ceramic art and clay with our kids and teens: This year, your contributions funded visits to AMOCA from more than 1,500 students in grades K-12, and also made possible the new Teen Council program. This coming year, the program will add opportunities for the Teen Council students to visit Southern California museums.
  • Creating a Pomona destination: AMOCA has welcomed artists and artwork from 41 states and six countries this year, and received two enthusiastic reviews in the Los Angeles Times.
  • Meeting visitors from around the world: Sharing our exhibitions with collectors, artists, and ceramic aficionados that make the pilgrimage to Pomona (over 10,000 so far this year!) brings me great joy. Most recently, visitors from Finland, Puerto Rico, and Japan have discovered the Museum.
  • Seeing the creativity of our studio members: Hardly a visit to the studio goes by when I am not surprised and delighted by the skill and imagination of the artists working in our studio. We invested in and created five new private artists spaces this year (completed in March), and have welcomed 16 artists for AMOCA residencies this year.
  • I do hope that AMOCA brings as much joy to your life as it does to mine. To take advantage of year-end tax benefits, join me in making a gift by December 31!

    With gratitude,


    Beth Ann Gerstein
    Executive Director

    2018 Highlights

    Education and Outreach programming at AMOCA serves over 1,500 individuals annually. In 2018 so far, Access AMOCA has funded 55 trips, docent led tours, and hands-on activities for K-12 classes; the inaugural Teen Council spent the spring planning and producing the first Teen Takeover on April 14; Family Days have welcomed over 300 families and Scout Days hosted over 50 scouts for free admission and hands-on activities.

    Donors and friends joined AMOCA leadership for special events in Los Angeles, Claremont, Berkeley, Palm Springs, and San Francisco. Attendees enjoyed artist talks, studio tours, and special presentations. Pictured (right) is a privately owned Viola Frey piece seen by attendees as part of the Berkeley event.

    One-hundred and two pieces were gifted or acquired using donor funds for our permanent collection this year, including notable additions by Ralph Bacerra, Patti Warashina, Shoji Hamada, and Viola Frey. Pictured (left) is the most recent addition, belonging to the Jazz Bowls series Viktor Schreckengost created in the 1930s. The first of these bowls, famously, was commissioned by Eleanor Roosevelt.

    Dedicated October 14, the Julianne and David Armstrong Gallery celebrates the gifts of founders Julie and David Armstrong. New exhibitions this year included Discovering Saar Ceramics, Making It Work: Production by Design, Farenheit 2018, Building a Collection: AMOCA’s 15th Anniversary, John Toki: Fault Lines, The Incongruous Body, and five exhibitions in The Vault gallery.

    John Toki, a San Francisco Bay Area ceramic artist and member of AMOCA’s Board of Directors, pictured here at a recent exhibition opening. Toki, along with many members of the board, visits regularly and will occasionally host special events for AMOCA friends and donors.

    Tim Decker (right), Ceramics Studio Technician at AMOCA, demonstrating his extraordinary throwing skills for Decades of Devotion: Celebrating Julianne and David Armstrong on October 14.

    AMOCA’s newest team member, Ashley Rowley (left) serves as the Education and Membership Manager. She received her BFA from Azusa Pacific University and spent four years teaching art before joining AMOCA. Rowley is a mixed media artist.

    Two-year studio member Maricela Avalos (right), a local artist, produces miniature ceramics. In a recent interview, Avalos shared her favorite part of AMOCA is AMO, meaning love, because it captures her feelings towards her favorite place in Pomona.