Arts | Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

By: Ashley Solis

Visiting local art museums is a great way to connect with both budding and established artists and their masterful creations. Exploring a local museum on a college campus is even more of a special treat, as institutions of higher education are known to attract inventiveness, creativity and life.

We recently visited the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art on the Chaffey College Campus in Rancho Cucamonga. Wignall is unique because it is a teaching museum that encourages professors to bring their students to visit the temporary exhibits. They have a program entitled, “Ask Art: Using the Museum to Make Curricular Connections,” which is led by Chaffey’s faculty. This program is focused on encouraging professors to include the museum’s exhibits within their curriculum. Within the Ask Art program, museum staff assists with guided tours and by providing Ask Art: Museum Tool Kits. These tool kits include information on current exhibits, as well as ways to approach viewing art from a range of disciplines. In addition, these toolkits offer exciting ways to engage students with the exhibits from thought provoking questions to writing prompts, activities and more. Known for their one-of-a-kind collections, Wignall is always a museum you can count on for jaw-dropping pieces.


The current exhibit, “Savage Sentimentality” is a group show featuring art from professional and student artists. The various works of art are united by unruliness and emotion. Sentiment is a feeling or emotion about a certain event. Shortly after entering into the museum, the textures and mixed media used to create these pieces evoke different responses and emotions within the viewer from curiosity and intrigue to confusion and acceptance. The artists create pathways for new feelings, while apparently eradicating the original feeling of the viewer. The end result is mesmerizing.


The first piece that caught our eye was by Jason Ramos, titled Ernie Kovacs. The oil on canvas painting is a depiction of Kovacs, a comedian, actor, and writer who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1962. The painting has an eerie feeling to it. It’s almost as if Kovac’s face appears to be slowly erased away, representing the loss of memory around this man. Demanding your attention is Raymie Iadevaia’s mixed media sculpture, Wet Dreams. The bright blue construction is both fascinating and overwhelming. The sculpture features numerous textures, colors, and cats; forcing your eyes to dart from section to section trying to make sense of the creation. Eventually, feet and a tail seem to form, after noticing the face of a cat on top. It is truly a piece you must see in person to fully appreciate the effort and creativity that went into it.


See for yourself, “Savage Sentimentality” now through March 14, 2015 at the Wignall MOCA. The galleries are open Monday through Thursday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturday from 12p.m. to 4p.m.. Admission is free and open to the public. All day parking is $4.


Upcoming exhibits include:

The 38th annual “Student Invitational 2015,” open April 13 through May 14, 2015. Join them for a panel discussion with the artists on April 21 at 5p.m.. The art is created by Chaffey College student artists who work closely with faculty, museum curators, and other art professionals to create a new exhibition.

The “Student Expo 2015” opens June 1st and runs until June 18, 2015. The annual student exhibition includes the greatest art and photography from students for the 2014-15 academic year.