Artist: Don Markofski - Artwork: Arroyo Seco Bridge

About Us

Associated Artists of the Inland Empire (AAIE) was established in 1964 and held the first Membership art show in the spring of that year. In the years since its beginning, the purpose of AAIE has been to promote the creative talent of its members, to provide an exchange of ideas between area artists, and to generate public interest in fine arts. The meetings and yearly show keep members abreast of a variety of techniques and of what is happening in the art community. At the same time, AAIE hopes to make the community more familiar with art and local artists.

Membership Gives You...

AAIE has grown from a few dedicated members to a current enrollment of about 200 artists. Visit our Membership page for an Application.

New members are accepted on an ongoing basis. Membership is open to artists of all levels of accomplishment, and to those working in any media. The only requirement for membership is a genuine interest in creating or sharing the enjoyment of artwork.

​Members are advised by a monthly Newsletter of art-related events from our area and throughout Southern California. An Annual Juried Art Show allows members to compete with one another and with artists from other areas.

Artist: Karen Clark - Artwork: Seeking Nectar

Thank You!

The Associate Artists of the Inland Empire was the proud recipient of a 2022/2023 Community Arts Grant of $2,000 from the RCCAAF, which will be used for developing an online juried Art Shows. The first show will be scheduled for December 2022, with additional shows scheduled for members and the public in 2023. This is another example of RCCAAF promoting and helping the Arts thrive in our community.

A big thank-you goes out to Susan Sluka Kelly and the Foundation Board.

Upcoming Events

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Dec 14

From the President's Desk

As your new President for 2022-2024, I would like to take this time to introduce myself. I have been a member of AAIE for approximately 12 years and have contributed by serving in various board positions including, media specialist, VP and website administrator, as well as sharing my art as a demonstrator and exhibiting artist. Throughout the years I have watched this organization evolve and have always enjoyed the creative talents of its members and staff. I’m a member of many other art associations including PVAA. CCMA, OMA, and RAM which keeps me in touch with what’s going on in other groups and affords opportunities to exhibit and sell art work, and attend workshops.

I am taking over the reigns from Jim Gilliam who has done an awesome job as president during these challenging times. Our general monthly meetings offer demonstrations, workshops and opportunities to share and create art. Some other ideas we are considering are additional CAT (Creating Art Together) days, plein air painting sessions and periodic exhibition days for members to exhibit and sell their work. Another thought was a lecture series by artists, historians and individuals involved in the local art scene to be included in our general meetings to keep us abreast of current trends in art and the digital environment we live in.

Browse through our new website to view our members and their art, newsletters, videos of past demonstrations, and art news from around the Inland Empire. If you are not already a member, you can join AAIE through the website. We need your continued support of the Arts in our communities and look forward to hearing your ideas at the monthly board and general meetings. I’m looking forward to being involved with AAIE as your president and moving forward in the world of Art which we love. 

Mark Rush