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Jean Goodwin Ames, and Arthur Ames

Biography to Display: 

1903 Born Santa Ana, California

1986 Died Claremont, California


Pomona College, Claremont, California

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1931 Bachelors of Ed., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California

1937 MFA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


1933-1936 Art Teacher, Citrus High School and Junior College

1940-1969 Professor of Design and Art Education, Claremont Graduate School and Scripps College


Jean Goodwin Ames was a mosaic mural artist who worked with various media including tapestries and ceramic tiles. Together with her husband, Arthur Ames, Jean completed several murals composed of glazed tile, glass mosaic and enamel.

The Ames met in an evening ceramics class taught by Glen Lukens. They married in 1940 and collaborated on a number of Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) projects, commissions for Sheets Studio and other corporate and private commissions.

For over thirty years, Jean taught at the Claremont Graduate School and Scripps College. The Ames donated their collection of post-war ceramics to Scripps College.

The Jean and Arthur Ames Scrapbook Collection, originally titled “Art in Collaboration – Ceramic Tile Decoration, Enamel, Mosaic, Tapestry, Painting and Drawing,” is available at the Ella Strong Denison Library, Claremont Colleges Library in Claremont, California. A finding aid is available at

An interview with Arthur and Jean Goodwin Ames conducted June 9, 1965 for the Archives of American Art’s New Deal and the Arts project is available at

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Mural, Science Building, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Mosaic Fountain, Pomona Mall, Pomona, California


Bibliography to Display: 

Adams, Katherine H, and Michael L. Keene. Women, Art and the New Deal. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2016.

Epting, Charles. The New Deal in Orange County, California. Charleston, South Carolina: History Press, 2014.

Jazzar, Bernard N, and Harold B. Nelson. Painting with Fire: Masters of Enameling in America, 1930-1980. Long Beach, California: Long Beach Museum of Art, 2006.

MacNaughton, Mary D. Art at Scripps: The Early Years, Jean Goodwin Ames ...: January 23-February 28, 1988, Lang Art Gallery, Scripps College. Claremont, California: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1988.



Typical Marks
Horse of the Day
Date: 1940s
Form: Box
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 25, 2018.