Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts Sam Maloof (1916-2009), an internationally known woodworker, built his work/living compound over a period of 60 years. More than 100 examples of his distinctive furniture are on exhibition in the Historic Residence Museum.
The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Compound, listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 2010, is owned and overseen by the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. The Historic Residence Museum, along with Maloof's original furniture workshop, distinctive wood storage buildings and former guesthouse as well as the more recent Jacob's Education Center and Hanna Archival Conservatory are set within the 5.5 acre drought tolerant Maloof Discovery Garden.
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Sam Maloof is acknowledged as one of the finest woodworkers of our time. As a leader of the California modern arts movement, he designed and produced furniture infused with profound artistic vision for more than half a century until his death in 2009. Maloof’s work was the subject of a prestigious retrospective at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in 2001 and is part of their permanent collection. His furniture is in some of the most important private collections in the nation and the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Art, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other fine museums. In 1985 he was named a MacArthur Fellow and received honorary doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design, Aurora University in Illinois and the California State University at San Bernardino. Alfreda Maloof, an artist, teacher and former Director of Arts and Crafts at the Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1938-1941, met and married Sam Maloof while completing her MFA at Scripps College. She inspired Sam in his work and managed the Maloof woodworking business until her death in 1998. Central to Sam’s work and life is the sprawling hand-built residence and adjoining woodshop. Nestled in a lemon grove near the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California, the residence is filled with Maloof furniture and one of America’s outstanding arts and crafts collections. In 1990, the Maloof residence and woodshop were deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. With the long-planned Foothill Freeway extension set to cut through the Maloof site, negotiations began to save the buildings by moving them to a nearby location. The original location was a working lemon grove and the new six-acre site was chosen partly for the existing lemon trees that help recreate the original environment and also compliment the new landscaping. Today the relocated residence is open as a living museum. Once again, each room is filled with treasures that give this unique home its spirit. Sam designed a new house that was constructed below the original residence. The woodshops were moved to the new site, as were many of the trees from the former Maloof property. The landscaping consists of a natural garden of water-wise California native plants and compatible plants from other Mediterranean climate zones around the world. Benches, sculpture, and picnic areas offer spaces for visitors’ quiet reflection and relaxation. The Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, established in 1994, is committed to creating a pre-eminent center that preserves the Maloof’s legacy and fosters the arts and crafts movement. The work of the Foundation recognizes the ever increasing role of the crafts in our world of machine-made products – the reconnecting of human values with natural forms and materials. A principal responsibility of the Foundation is protection and conservation of the art, furnishings, structures and grounds entrusted to it. The residence itself is one of the most treasured parts of the collection, reflecting the living spirit of the arts and crafts movement throughout. The Foundation also makes the Maloof Center available to the public, artists and researchers and is developing a variety of programs, including visiting craftsmen, workshops, and arts and crafts exhibits. The Jacobs Education Center provides gallery and meeting space. After the move, Sam continued to create furniture at the new site and to add to his fine art collection that encompasses work from all media, including many renowned artists such as Maria Martinez, Millard Sheets, Harrison McIntosh, Paul Soldner, Kay Sekimachi, and Bob Stocksdale.

Mission: Recognizing and celebrating fine artists and craftsmen who skillfully create timeless treasures with their hands. . .

05/08/2020
Online Artist Talk with Conchi Sanford

Conchi Sanford will present her wide ranging multimedia work in a live Online Artist Talk presented by The Maloof. This is the 4th in a new series of Online Artist Talks.

05/03/2020

Here’s a hidden gem for your Sunday afternoon. Barbara Beretich’s Big Guy lives near the Maloof offices but he’s easy to miss as he sits among the foliage. Barbara Beretich was a local artist who lived and worked in Claremont and was a @cgumfa_alumni. #sammaloof #malooffoundation #localartist #barbaraberetich #artist #sanbernardinocounty #claremontgraduateuniversity

Happening now! Come celebrate the weekend with an artist talk from Jacqueline Bell Johnson. #MuseumfromHome #ArtistTalk
05/01/2020

Happening now! Come celebrate the weekend with an artist talk from Jacqueline Bell Johnson. #MuseumfromHome #ArtistTalk

Join us this Friday at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson. She often uses materials readily available at a big-box hardware store—shims, rope and other goods. Using such materials challenges the conventional art medium hierarchy, she explains, and helps to make the finished work comprehensible to those who view it. Register for her talk by using the link in our bio. #museumfromhome #artist #artisttalk #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof

Join us today at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson!
05/01/2020

Join us today at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson!

Join us this Friday at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson. She often uses materials readily available at a big-box hardware store—shims, rope and other goods. Using such materials challenges the conventional art medium hierarchy, she explains, and helps to make the finished work comprehensible to those who view it. Register for her talk by using the link in our bio. #museumfromhome #artist #artisttalk #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof

Before we closed we were featuring local artists in an exhibition called "A Thriving Artist Community." We have turned t...
04/30/2020

Before we closed we were featuring local artists in an exhibition called "A Thriving Artist Community." We have turned that gallery exhibition into an online experience that you can explore from home. Visit https://www.malooffoundation.org/a-thriving-artist-community-online and check out the important role of artists in the making of California's creative communities, economy, and future.
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In times of national emergency, the arts speak especially to our shared humanity in ways that nurture hope for the future. Your support for the work of The Maloof—which seeks always to reveal, inspire, educate and uplift—helps make the world a better place. If you are able to make a contribution at this time visit the maloffoundation.org to make a donation. #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire

Join us this Friday at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson. She often uses materials readily avai...
04/28/2020

Join us this Friday at 4pm for an online artist talk with Jacqueline Bell Johnson. She often uses materials readily available at a big-box hardware store—shims, rope and other goods. Using such materials challenges the conventional art medium hierarchy, she explains, and helps to make the finished work comprehensible to those who view it. Register for her talk by using the link in our bio. #museumfromhome #artist #artisttalk #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof

04/23/2020
Yucca in the Maloof Discovery Garden

Moira and Wallace are back to talk about Yucca in the Maloof Discovery Garden. This week in honor of Earth Day we are celebrating native plants in our garden. #EarthDay #earthdayeveryday #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #historichouse #museumfromhome #museumsunshine #museumbouquet

04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day! We’re celebrating all week with a little appreciation for the native plants in the Maloof Discovery Garden. Today Moira and Wallace are sharing their knowledge of the Cottonwood tree, called Too-War or Avakhat by the Tongva people. #earthdayeveryday #earthday #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #historichouse #museumfromhome #museumsunshine #museumbouquet

Hello from sunny Southern California as we bring a little sunshine to you! #museumsunshine
04/21/2020

Hello from sunny Southern California as we bring a little sunshine to you! #museumsunshine

04/21/2020

Moira and Wallace are back in the Maloof Discovery Garden today to talk to us about Kashiiy, or White Sage, which is an important plant for the Tongva people. This week we are highlighting the plants in our garden in honor of Earth Day tomorrow. #earthdayeveryday #earthday #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #historichouse #museumfromhome #museumsunshine #museumbouquet

04/20/2020
Online Artist Talk: Gina Lawson Egan 4.17.20

If you missed our first online artist talk with Gina Lawson Egan live last Friday you can now watch it on YouTube! And don’t forget to join us for our next online artist talk this Friday, April 24 with Lauren Verdugo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd7SHE0dE_I&t=17s

This Online Artist Talk with ceramicist Gina Lawson Egan, presented by The Maloof, was conducted as a live Zoom mtg on April 17th, 2020, as the first in a se...

04/20/2020

Earth Day is this Wednesday, but we are going to be celebrating all week long with Moira and Wallace, two members of the Tongva community, who are going to be sharing their knowledge about plants that are important to the Tongva people. Today they are teaching us about Wilakal, or Buckwheat.

#earthday #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #historichouse

04/16/2020

And we’re back with another Hidden Gem at The Maloof! If you’ve been to the Maloof Foundation you know the library is full of exciting things to see, but you might have missed these smaller pieces by Susan Hertel.

In times of national emergency, the arts speak especially to our shared humanity in ways that nurture hope for the future. Your support for the work of The Maloof—which seeks always to reveal, inspire, educate and uplift—helps make the world a better place. If you are able to make a contribution at this time, please do so by visiting our website or directly on PayPal @malooffoundation.

#southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

04/12/2020

Here’s a shot of @jom_rivers_art in our workshop. We can’t wait until we can get back into the workshop! #workshop #malooffoundation #sammaloof #museumfromhome

Earlier this year we opened an exhibition, A Thriving Artist Community, in our gallery. Now that we are closed we wanted...
04/10/2020

Earlier this year we opened an exhibition, A Thriving Artist Community, in our gallery. Now that we are closed we wanted to bring that exhibition to you. We have just launched an online exhibition here: https://www.malooffoundation.org/a-thriving-artist-communty-online. This exhibition is part of The Maloof's ongoing efforts to bring attention to the important role of artists in the making of California's creative communities, economy and future. #museumfromhome #onlineexhibition #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

04/08/2020

In times of national emergency, the arts speak especially to our shared humanity in ways that nurture hope for the future.
Your support for the work of The Maloof—which seeks always to reveal, inspire, educate and uplift—helps make the world a better place. If you are able to make
a contribution at this time,
please do so on our website or on PayPal. #malooffoundation #sammaloof #museumfromhome

Spring is a time for change which is why Gina Lawson-Egan's artwork Metamorphosis feels especially precious today. Once ...
04/06/2020

Spring is a time for change which is why Gina Lawson-Egan's artwork Metamorphosis feels especially precious today. Once we are able to reopen to the public, we’d love you to see how our garden is transforming with the new season. In the meantime, here is a glimpse of it from afar. #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

04/04/2020

A hidden gem within A Hidden Gem at The Maloof! You might think you know what this Rupert Deese vase looks like from afar, but take a second look and you’ll notice some super cool swirls in the glaze!

Due to COVID19, we are closed right now, but we are still dedicated to our public service mission. If you would like to support us while we are closed please visit our website or donate directly on PayPal @malooffoundation.

#southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

Throwback Thursday to one of Dennis Hays’ hands-on workshop, Making a Walnut Table. We can’t wait until we can offer mor...
04/02/2020

Throwback Thursday to one of Dennis Hays’ hands-on workshop, Making a Walnut Table. We can’t wait until we can offer more of our hands-on workshops when it is safe to reopen. #museumathome #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse #workshopwednesday #workshop

03/31/2020

Here’s another Hidden Gem at The Maloof! These salt and pepper grinders made by Bob Stocksdale are on a shelf in the Maloof historic house kitchen that is full of exciting things to see. It would be easy to miss this hidden gem, but luckily our new video series highlights some of these great little details.

While we are closed due to COVID19, please consider making a donation on our website or directly at PayPal @malooffoundation. Your donation will help us continue our public service mission now and into the future.
#southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

Are you social distancing? Remember to take some time outside to enjoy some fresh air and nature. Although we are closed...
03/29/2020

Are you social distancing? Remember to take some time outside to enjoy some fresh air and nature. Although we are closed to the public, we still want you to be able to enjoy our beautiful discovery garden from afar. #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse #gardens #nature #wildlife

03/27/2020

Another Hidden Gem at The Maloof! While we are closed because of COVID19, we’re publishing a series of videos featuring some hidden gems in the Maloof historic house. We hope you enjoy this peak at a chair in our Digital Resource Center!

This is a difficult and uncertain time for many cultural organizations, including the Maloof Foundation. Please consider making a donation to support our public service mission by visiting our website or directly on PayPal @malooffoundation
#southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

Here is a collaboration between Sam Maloof and Harrison McIntosh. Maloof made the wooden lid and McIntosh made the ceram...
03/25/2020

Here is a collaboration between Sam Maloof and Harrison McIntosh. Maloof made the wooden lid and McIntosh made the ceramic vase. Harrison McIntosh was a ceramicist who lived and worked most of his life in Claremont along side other notable artists from the area. The Maloof Foundation has one of the most extensive McIntosh collections there is.
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If you are able to donate to the Maloof Foundation to help us continue to fulfill our mission during this uncertain time and into the future, please visit our website or donate directly on PayPal at @malooffoundation.
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#malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #harrisonmcintosh #ceramics #mcintoshceramics #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire

03/23/2020

These fabulous dancers from A.B. Miller High School in Fontana were rehearsing a place-based dance event at The Maloof. Unfortunately the event has now been cancelled due to COVID but their hard work still deserves recognition! @abmillerdance

#abmillerdance #fontana #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

Spring has sprung! Happy first day of spring from the Discovery Garden at the Maloof Foundation. During these stressful ...
03/21/2020

Spring has sprung! Happy first day of spring from the Discovery Garden at the Maloof Foundation. During these stressful and uncertain times, it’s important to take time to enjoy the little things. 📸 @l.j.elements

While we are closed to the public please consider making a donation on our website or directly on PayPal, username @malooffoundation. Your support is appreciated during this uncertain time. Stay safe everyone!

#gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

03/19/2020

We’d like to remind you that workshops and public hours have been postponed until April 5. We are working on rescheduling workshops and tours for when we can safely reopen. #sammaloof #malooffoundation #maloof #workshops

03/18/2020

Introducing Hidden Gems at The Maloof, a series of videos we are sharing online while we are closed to the public. Since our tours are cancelled until April, we wanted to offer you little virtual tours!

If you’d like to support the Maloof Foundation’s public service mission while we are closed, please visit Malooffoundation.org or directly on PayPal, username @malooffoundation.

#sammaloof #alfredamaloof #malooffoundation #hiddengems #woodworking #virtualtour #woodworker #historichouse

Coronavirus Update: Tours, workshops, and public hours at the Maloof Foundation are suspended until April 5, 2020. If yo...
03/16/2020

Coronavirus Update: Tours, workshops, and public hours at the Maloof Foundation are suspended until April 5, 2020. If you have a tour or workshop scheduled in the next couple weeks, we will be working on rescheduling those for when we are able to safely reopen.

In the meantime we will be using our social distancing skills and our social media skills to bring you as much Maloof content as we can while we are closed.

Finally, please consider making a donation to the Maloof Foundation through our website or via paypal directly, username: malooffoundation. Your support during this closure will help the Maloof Foundation continue to fulfill its public service mission.

#sammaloof #malooffoundation #woodworking #historichouse

We are open today and hoping you will stop by to take a tour or visit our gallery, which is now featuring two exhibition...
03/14/2020

We are open today and hoping you will stop by to take a tour or visit our gallery, which is now featuring two exhibitions called Preserving Creative Spaces and A Thriving Artist Community. #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire

This weekend, Jeremy Sullivan is leading a hands-on workshop called Turning a Bowl. With more than 20 years of wood turn...
03/11/2020

This weekend, Jeremy Sullivan is leading a hands-on workshop called Turning a Bowl. With more than 20 years of wood turning experience, Jeremy Sullivan teaches participants of the workshop the ins and outs of wood turning. By the end of this one day workshop, participants come away with their very own, unique turned bowl. 📸 @jom_rivers_art #workshopwednesday #workshop #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

Coronavirus Update: As of today, tours, workshops and public hours at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and...
03/10/2020

Coronavirus Update: As of today, tours, workshops and public hours at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts are operating as scheduled.

If you plan to participate in Maloof programs in the near future, and have questions about Coronavirus safety, please visit the DPH COVID-19 webpage at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/.

For details on how to reschedule an upcoming Maloof visit scheduled between March 10 and April 4, please email or call us. If you prefer, we can convert the value of your reservation into a tax-deductible donation in support of The Maloof’s public service mission.

If you would like more information about the Maloof Foundation’s response to COVID-19, please visit malooffoundation.org.

Discover the details at the Maloof Foundation. Our discovery garden features a lemon grove which is nearly 100 years old...
03/07/2020

Discover the details at the Maloof Foundation. Our discovery garden features a lemon grove which is nearly 100 years old. 20 years ago, when the Maloof historic residence and workshop was moved to this new location, the lemon grove was preserved and became part of the garden which has become integral to the Maloof Foundation experience. Come see for yourself! 📸 @l.j.elements #gardens #nature #wildlife #southerncalifornia #sanbernardino #inlandempire #malooffoundation #sammaloof #maloof #woodworking #woodworkers #furnituredesign #historichouse

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5131 Carnelian St
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
91701

General information

The Maloof Foundation is open to the public every Thursday and Saturday from 12-4PM. Tours: Maloof Legacy Tour - Thursday/Saturday at 1, 2 and 3PM - Advanced tickets are highly recommended as tours often sell out, and a ticket is the only way to gain entry to the historic home. - $10/adults $8/seniors 65+ $5/students and children under 17 - Tour the hand-built house and see the astonishing arts and crafts collection compiled by internationally known woodworker Sam Maloof and his wife Alfreda. - Click on "book now" on our page, or visit us at www.malooffoundation.org/tours.cfm to buy your tickets now. Maloof Master Craftsman Tour - Select Saturdays - 10am - RESERVATION REQUIRED - $50/person -Resident Artist Larry White, who worked alongside Sam Maloof for nearly half a century, takes visitors on an unforgettable, in-depth and deeply personal exploration of the Maloof legacy in woodworking design and innovation. This 3-hour journey covers the Maloof home, workshop, showroom and woodsheds. - Click on "book now" on our page, or visit us at www.malooffoundation.org/tours.cfm to buy your tickets now. Groups over 10: ADVANCED RESERVATION REQUIRED. Contact the Volunteer Manager at [email protected] to discuss bringing your group to the Maloof Founation. The Maloof Discovery Garden is available for self-guided tours and is free of charge.

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(909) 980-0412

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