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 Broadcasting & Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts, Arts Business Management, and the Maker Innovation Center; and as the Registrar for the Chaffey College Art Collection. 

In 2015 Machado returned to graduate school to attain a Master’s in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management. He has recently created an undergraduate program to provide arts business management courses at Chaffey College beginning 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. The Arts Area provides professional development, civic advocacy, and resource support for the creative industries of the Inland Empire of Southern California. In this position he also serves on various city and county advisory committees.


"Have the courage to use your own intelligence."

- immanuel kant


in brief

  • CEO/President, The Arts Area

  • Professor, Chaffey College

  • Educational Program Coordinator, Chaffey College 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 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, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, and Spain.

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