A Thriving Artist Community
An Online Gallery Exhibition
As part of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios (HAHS) consortium established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Maloof is one of more than forty museum institutions from coast to coast created in the homes of notable American artists. In Spring 2020, The Maloof Foundation hosted the touring exhibition Preserving Creative Places, featuring photographs of artists associated with each of the HAHS sites, including Georgia O'Keefe, Thomas Hart Benton, Winslow Homer, Jackson Pollock, Andrew Wyeth, Donald Judd and others.
A Thriving Artist Community was created to share the gallery, spotlighting contemporary California artists whose names may be less well known, but whose artful lives are in progress all around us. Here we celebrate artists of the Inland Empire, in photos taken in the creative places where they live and work.
Each of the artists featured here was introduced to The Maloof by individuals or institutions who make it their mission to advance public awareness and support for the region’s artists.
Like Sam and Alfreda Maloof before them, some of these artists were born here and chose to stay. Others have been drawn to the region’s sun, sky or landscape—and by art-friendly patrons and communities.
Sam was a fervent supporter of artists of the Pomona Valley and surrounding region. He especially enjoyed discovering promising younger artists, and acquired many of their works—for his own collection, and, importantly, to encourage the artists’ continued art-making.
This exhibition is part of The Maloof's ongoing efforts to bring attention to the important role of artists in the making of California's creative communities, economy and future. We are especially grateful to Tom and Toni Bostick, who took the photographs, and to San Bernardino Arts Connection, dA Center for the Arts, Steven Thomas and Dee Marcellus Cole, who together inspired the project and helped connect us with so many of the artists spotlighted. To stay abreast of The Maloof's continuing local artist initiatives and exhibitions to come, please add your name to our email list at: https://www.malooffoundation.org/mailing-list-signup
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