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Art History

The art history program can give you a solid foundation to transfer to a four-year college or university, and pursue careers in education, museums, research and related fields. Students learn the major theories and artistic movements in art from the ancient to the modern world, and evaluate the influences that social, political and religious institutions have in the creation of art. The program addresses the dynamics of the global art community, as well as the social forces and ideologies that shape the visual arts.


John L. Machado, Jr.
Professor. Art History


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 Registrar for the Chaffey College Art Collection and oversees the Visual and Performing Arts Resource Center (VPARC). In 2015 Machado returned to graduate school to attain a Master’s in Arts Management from Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management. Upon graduating he created an undergraduate program to provide arts business management courses at Chaffey College, which he now also teaches in the School of Business & Applied Technology.

In 2016 Machado founded The Arts Area, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors. 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.


Leta Ming
Assistant Professor

Leta Ming joined Chaffey College in fall 2015 as assistant professor in art history. She previously taught at Santa Monica College, Elon University and Occidental College. Leta completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with a specialization in modern and contemporary art history and visual studies. Her research interests include San Francisco Bay Area conceptual and performance art of the 1970s, artist-run alternative art spaces and the history of curating. Concurrent with her graduate work, she directed the research for the expansive survey exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2011-2012. She also co-curated humor us, an exhibition of Southern California Asian-American artists at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2007. A native of the East Coast, Leta was Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and worked at Christie’s auction house and in private art dealing, all in New York City. She holds an Master of Arts in Art History from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Yale University.

Terri McDermott
Adjunct Instructor

Terri McDermott received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of California at Riverside, and completed her Master of Arts degree in Art History at the University of Notre Dame, focusing on 18th century British painting. After graduate school, Terri worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and started her teaching career. Terri is currently teaching western survey courses at various colleges in Southern California.


David Plouffe
Adjunct Instructor

 David Plouffe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of La Verne, and completed his Master of Arts degree in Art History from California State University, Fullerton. Since graduation Dave has been a faculty member of California State University, Fullerton, University of La Verne, and Chaffey College. Dave has taught a variety of courses including Art Appreciation, Art and Civilization, Survey I and II, Contemporary Art and the History of Modern Art.

Prior to teaching Dave worked as a Collections Administrator in the Department of Costume and Textiles for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There he contributed to the exhibition "Breaking the Mode: Contemporary Fashion from the Permanent Collection" which traveled to the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Dave's current research interest explores issues of art theft, looting, and repatriation. His current writing projects include an article on the portrayal of art and artists in the stories of twentieth century horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and an introductory textbook for art appreciation courses.

Deepak Shimkhada
Adjunct Instructor

Deepak Shimkhada has Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in education with focus on art and religion from Claremont Graduate University. He has taught courses in art history at various colleges and universities in Southern California, including Scripps College and California State University at Long Beach. Currently he teaches South Asian religions at Claremont Lincoln University. He is the author of many journal articles, book chapters and edited books. Some of his articles can be found in "Oriental Art," "Arts of Asia," "Orientations" and "Artibus Asiae."





ARTH 1 Contemporary Art: 1945-present
Historical study of the diverse artistic movements from the end of World War II to the present, tracing the discourse of late modernism to postmodernism. Visual language, art terminology, philosophical issues and evolving art theories are used to examine works from a wide assortment of contexts. Course is an essential introduction to contemporary art for studio art, graphic design, photography and art history majors.

ARTH 3 Survey of Western Art from Prehistory through the Middle Ages
Survey of the architecture, sculpture and painting of past cultures from the ancient beginnings of art of the Western World through the Medieval period. Analysis of how symbolism and artistic style reflect the daily life, philosophy, religion, values and concerns of each culture and historical period.

ARTH 5 Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary
Survey of the architecture, sculpture and art of past cultures of the Western World from Renaissance through the Modern period. Analysis of how symbolism, visual concepts and artistic style reflect the philosophy, religion, values and concerns of each culture and historical period.

ARTH 7 Arts of Africa, Oceania and Indigenous North America
Survey of visual and material culture within the historical context of selected civilizations of the South Pacific islands, sub-Saharan Africa and indigenous North America from ancient to modern times.

ARTH 9 Art of the Ancient Americas
Survey of visual and material culture within the historical context of selected ancient American civilizations in Mexico, Central America and South America up to European contact.

ARTH 11 Survey of Asian Arts
Survey of the art, architecture, religion and history of India, south and southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan from prehistory to modern times. Art styles and characteristics unique to each culture and their function within the ideology of that society are considered.