Artist of the Year

Artist: John Edward Svenson - Artwork: Nature Song

John Edward Svenson (1923–2016) 2006 Artist of the Year

Born in Los Angeles, John Svenson was adopted when he was three years old by a loving family who lived in Montclair. He exhibited precocious artistic talent and as early as first grade was recognized by his teachers as innately gifted.

Artist: Harrison McIntosh - Artwork: Pedestal Bowl

Harrison McIntosh (1914–2016) 2012 Artist of the Year

Harrison McIntosh, a famous ceramic artist, was a leading figure in the midcentury modern movement. He created and refined elegant artworks “over the course of his long and immensely distinguished career.”

Artist: Milford Zornes - Artwork: Monteroso

Milford Zornes (1908-2008) 2005 Artist of the Year

Milford Zornes, best known as a watercolorist, was also a noted art educator. A highly skilled artist, he enjoyed a national reputation, about which he was always modest.

Betty Davenport Ford - Grazing Gazelle With Four Birds

Betty Davenport Ford – 2010 Artist of the Year

Like so many other Pomona Valley artists, Ford benefited from mentorship by Millard Sheets. In 1954 he organized an exhibition at the LA County Fair, The Arts of Daily Living, which featured her work. This recognition helped launch her career.