John Machado
John Machado
Professor | CEO


Hi, I'm John Machado. I'm a Professor of Art History & Arts Management and CEO/President of an arts nonprofit in Southern California.


John Machado has been a full-time professor of art history at Chaffey College since 2005. After completing undergraduate work in art history at San Diego State University he earned his graduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin specializing in the culture and art history of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. He has worked at various museums and galleries and taught art history at universities and colleges in California, Oregon and Texas. Machado teaches courses in art history covering the complete Western survey, as well as, the Ancient Americas, Africa and the islands of the South Pacific. At Chaffey College he also serves as the Educational Program Coordinator for the School of Visual and Performing Arts Departments of Broadcasting & Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts; and as the Registrar for the Chaffey College Art Collection. He also has a passion for seeing the world and has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, Europe, and recently Asia.

In 2015 Machado returned to graduate school to attain a Master’s in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management. He is currently creating an undergraduate program to provide arts business management courses at Chaffey College to begin in Fall 2019.

In 2016 Machado founded The Arts Area, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and currently serves as CEO and President of the Board. In this position he also serves on various city and county advisory committees.

In 2017 Machado established the Maker Innovation Center (MIC) at Chaffey College in partnership with the City of Rancho Cucamonga and currently serves as the MIC Project Director. The implementation of the center was funded in part by a grant Machado received through the CCC Maker Initiative, which supports California Community Colleges in creating makerspaces, developing maker curriculum, encouraging hands-on student projects and offering internships that uniquely reflect their campuses and communities. The City of Rancho Cucamonga generously provided the facilities to house the makerspace. The mission of the Maker Innovation Center is to build a regional hub promoting innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in all stages of production from ideation and design, to prototyping and problem solving, through manufacturing, marketing, and distribution that embraces an inclusive STEAM education model. The center is projected to open to the public in Spring 2019.


"Have the courage to use your own intelligence."

    - immanuel kant


in brief

  • CEO/President, The Arts Area
  • Professor, Chaffey College
  • Project Director, Maker Innovation Center (MIC)
  • Educational Program Coordinator, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Departments of Broadcasting & Cinema, Dance, Music, and Theatre Arts
  • Registrar, Chaffey College Art Collection
  • Supervisor, Visual and Performing Arts Resource Center, Chaffey College


  • City of Rancho Cucamonga Public Art Committee
  • Policy Committee, San Bernardino County Arts Council
  • City of Ontario Arts and Culture Committee
  • City of Ontario Public Art Policy Committee
  • City of Ontario Festival of the Arts Committee
  • Lightspeed Makerspace Board, Ontario Community Library
  • Curriculum Committee, Chaffey College
  • Chaffey College Art Committee
  • Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art Advisory Committee


Right up there with the arts and teaching is my love of travel.

Domestically I have visited thirty of the states and lived in California, Texas and Oregon. My international travel destinations include Austria, Azores, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, twenty-five states in Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, and Spain.

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