The recently donated works of art by Clayton Pond, former Hiram College student and renowned artist, are now on display in the Kennedy Center.
Pond donated a total of 21 of his limited edition silk screen prints, several of which are from the collection that he did for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Although Pond only spent three years at Hiram, this was the place where he took his very first art class. At the time there was only one art teacher at Hiram, Professor Paul Rochford. Pond went on to earn his bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and an master of fine arts from the Pratt Institute in New York City. Still, Pond fondly recalls Hiram, the place that first introduced him to art.
Pond pioneered silk screening in the 1960s and 70s, producing art in the New Realism and Pop Art communities. Pond’s artwork focuses on everyday and conventional objects, such as chairs and pillars, transforming them into something iconic for American culture.
“I was a painter, really,” said Pond. “There was hardly anybody doing silkscreens as art in the early days; it was all lithographs, and wood blocks, and etchings, but I thought it would be a new way to get the types of images I wanted. I went around to commercial silk screen printers, who were doing T-shirts and things, and learned as much as I could.”
Pond’s one of a kind silk screen prints are on display on the first and second floors of the Kennedy Center.