Hispanic Heritage Month opens at SBC Museum with “El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución”

By on September 7, 2017
San Bernardino County Museum

The San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with a special exhibit “El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución.” The exhibit has been organized and curated in with the Inland Empire Latino Art Association (IELAA). Most of the 20 works feature Inland Empire artists.

“The museum is truly honored to once again work with the Inland Empire Latino Art Association to produce this show for our community, with a theme that is consistent with conversations taking place on a national level,” said Museum Director Melissa Russo. “Not all the artists in the show are Latino, but all the artists have experiences to share about what it means to be American.”

“Creating a narrative from a simple face or action is much more interesting and gratifying to me than a painting of a landscape or still life,” said Ruben Chavez, one of the artists participating in this year’s exhibit. “The unknown and lack of control is what drives my art. As long as I have that then the journey will never end.”

Artist Gerardo Ayala of Fontana claims that, “The subjects in my artwork are intended to express imagery in my daily life and also show icons that represent Mexican American lifestyle.”

The SBC Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  “El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución” is included with the Museum’s general admission – $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student) and $5 (child aged 5 to 12); children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is free.

“In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite museum visitors to join us as we celebrate our hopes, dreams, ambitions, and our American experience,” said Brad Borrero of the IELAA. “El Sueño Americano, Nuestra Contribución” and the County Museum’s other events and exhibits reflect the effort by the SBC Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10, in Redlands. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum.