San Bernardino County Museum observes Black History Month with art and media

By on February 11, 2018

An art exhibit featuring the works of prominent African American artists from throughout Southern California in recognition of Black History Month is now on display at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum through Feb. 25. The exhibit is in partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce.

“The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce is honored to work with the San Bernardino County Museum on this project to introduce everyone to Black art and culture,” said Willie Ellison, COO for the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to making this an annual event.”

Artists participating in the exhibit hail from throughout Southern California and include: Aldonia R. Bailey (Altadena), Charles A. Bibbs (Riverside, CA), Heather Hilliard Bonds (Pasadena), Aziz Diagne (Los Angeles), Bernard Hoyes (Desert Hot Springs), Synthia Saint James (Los Angeles), Gary V. Lett (Pomona), John Lloyd McClinton (Paramount), and Roscoe Lee Owens (Pasadena).

David Myers, the museum’s curator of visitor engagement & exhibits, said, “We’re excited to launch this partnership with the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce. This exhibit is an opportunity for the museum to continue to expand our cultural programming, and celebrate the contributions of people from all backgrounds and experiences.”

Myers enthusiasm for the exhibit was reiterated by Bibbs who said, “This Black History art exhibition demonstrates a new energy, willingness, and determination to stay purely creative artists. Our youth will continue to press forward to achieve and evolve artistically to meet the challenges of an ever-changing art world.”

In addition to the Black History Month art exhibit at the SBC Museum, the Victor Valley Museum (a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum) is hosting a new exhibit, “Facing the Rising Sun: African American Storytelling through the Art of Quilts.” The show is organized in partnership with Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit of contemporary quilts features the work of Gwendolyn D. Humphries, Theresa Polley-Shellcroft, Norma J. Fullen, and Delena M. Hale and continues through Feb. 28.

Museum Director Melissa Russo said, “These quilts are a loving manifestation of individual stories and family history. Quilting has an important place in American art history and it is our privilege to exhibit these extraordinary examples for the public.”

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military personnel and seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free.

The Victor Valley Museum is located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and museum is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military personnel and $2.50 for students. Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free.

EBT card holders and their families are admitted for $1 at both museums. Both museums have free parking and both are accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information on either the exhibit in Redlands or Apple Valley, visit