Palettes & Plates Annual Awards

Palettes & Plates Annual Awards

June 24, 2018 6:00 pm

(Save to cal)

Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario

Palettes & Plates Annual Awards honoring 2018 Artist of the Year 


Please join CCMA members and friends on Sunday, June 24 as we gather to honor CCMA's 2018 Artist of the Year, Steve Thomas.


During his 30+ year career in the arts, Steve has been an award-winning photographer, art teacher and museum curator. He earned a BA in Studio Art from the University of California at Riverside in 1986 and his MFA in Photography from Mills College in 1989. 


Following teaching assignments at Chaffey College and two CSU campuses, Steve was recruited as the curator of collections for the world-renowned UCR/California Museum of Photography, a position he held for 11 years. He later served as curator of education at Riverside Art Museum and retired in 2014 as the museum curator at the Ontario Museum of History & Art.


Steve co-founded ARTREACH, a program providing low-income community residents in Ontario with introductory classes in visual arts, and was a visual arts instructor with the RIMS California Art Project, a professional development program for K-12 classroom art teachers.


In retirement, Steve continues his arts advocacy in many ways, including serving as a director of CCMA. In 2016, Steve was a CCMA Purchase Prize winner for his photograph Wolf House.


Palettes & Plates will be held at CCMA and will include hosted reception, dinner, silent auction, and an address by Steve.


To make reservations, contact museum coordinator Jenelle Lowry, or 909-463-3733


Cost: 65 USD
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Special thanks to our conference host, Copper Mountain College!




Drs. Ernest & Dorothy Garcia


Arts Sustainers

Randy Polumbo

KOA Corporation Planning & Engineering

San Bernardino Art Association

The Ranch Projects Publishing

Joshua Tree Music Festival


Arts Advocates

Paulson Orthodontics

Mojave Desert Land Trust

Cultural Planning Group

Gruen Associates

The Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art

The Ontario Museum of History and Art

The Community Foundation

The Noah Purifoy Foundation

Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology

Pappy & Harriets

Bobby Furst 

The Joshua Tree Inn


Arts Friends

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR)

Chaffey College, School of Visual & Performing Arts

High Desert Test Sites

Elwood & Associates

Inlandia Institute


Special thanks to Copper Mountain College for our hosting the conference this year!









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