September 17, 2010

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — "A Generous Spirit: Sam Maloof as Mentor and Collector," opens Oct. 9 at Cal State San Bernardino's Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum. A reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. The exhibition, which is a collaboration between the art museum, CSUSB art department and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, runs through February 13, 2011.

"Despite the fact that Sam left us just over a year ago, we decided to fulfill our promise [to Sam] and organize an exhibition honoring Sam as a mentor and supporter of local artists, including some of CSUSB's students and alumni," said Eva Kirsch, art museum director. The show will be built from Maloof's own art collection.

Christine Wiseman, Sam's Hands, 2003
Oil on Canvas

In 2008, CSUSB partnered with the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation to host a birthday bash for Maloof that helped raise more than $200,000 to support the Maloof Foundation. It also helped establish an art scholarship in the name of Sam and Beverly Maloof at CSUSB and create an acquisition fund in his name at the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum.

The Maloof scholarship was awarded for the first time this year to three talented and hardworking graduate students. They are David Barnes, ceramics major; Sean Black, photography major; and Robert Lopez, woodworking and sculpture. For more information on the Maloof scholarship or the Maloof acquisition fund at CSUSB, call 909-537-3373.

"The CSUSB art department and RVF Art Museum are thrilled to work with the Maloof Foundation, Maloof Woodworking and Beverly Maloof as we honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Sam Maloof," said Sant Khalsa, art department chair.

Established in 1996, the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum is a nationally recognized museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums. Located on the campus of Cal State San Bernardino, the RVF Art Museum has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art.
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