Famed American contemporary artist Robert Lyn Nelson returns to his hometown of Ontario in January 2022 for an exhibition of his paintings at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art. The exhibition opens January 13, 2022 and concludes March 19, 2022.

The artist reception for the Robert Lyn Nelson exhibition The Many Worlds of Robert Lyn Nelson has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022 due to an increase in COVID and omicron infections. More information will be published in the next few days. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The exhibition itself will open as scheduled on January 13, 2022.

The museum has five galleries, each offering a different exhibition. The Main and South Galleries are themed exhibitions of groups of artists. The Line Gallery displays works of art from the museum’s collection. The Spotlight Gallery is a solo exhibition by a local artist. Taken together, the exhibitions present a diverse range of media, styles and artistic endeavor.

Travelers arriving and departing from Ontario International Airport can view works of art by regional artists in glass display cases located adjacent to arrival/departure gates. This program, called Art@Airport, is managed by CCMA.

"This is a fantastic little art museum..."

This is a fantastic little art museum located across from the Ontario History and Art Museum. They have a standard collection and rotate special events in and out. The size is nice and there are multiple rooms so that particular collections or pieces can be highlighted/separated. Lighting is great and the docents are friendly and knowledgeable. Keep an eye out to see what special collections they bring in. Its free to visit and you can see everything in less than an hour if you're in a hurry, although you can take your time to enjoy it all if you aren't! Highly recommend!!

Current Exhibits by Gallery

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The Many Worlds of
Robert Lyn Nelson

Famed American contemporary artist Robert Lyn Nelson returns to his hometown of Ontario for an exhibition of his paintings.

Reflections – Looking Back

CCMA’s first Invitational Purchase Prize Art Exhibit stated, “Two paintings will be purchased this year-an oil and a watercolor. In ten years we fully expect to have in Chaffey’s Permanent Collection the finest showing of contemporary American art on the Pacific Coast”.

Member’s Eleven

CCMA has chosen eleven of our members who have received recognition for their artwork from the Museum. Their artwork shows a diversity in style and medium.


An exhibit of original prints.

An original print is a work of art created through contact with a matrix such as a stone, block, plate, or screen printed manually by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.

Get a Grip!

Normally, when expressing emotions, a person’s facial expressions are involved. But, our emotions are not only displayed on our faces but with our hands as well. Capturing the moment in time our hands display our emotions as well as immersing the viewer into experiencing various emotions is my intent for my exhibit.

Student Artworks

Artworks from Samantha Rios,
Student at Ontario High School.

Glass cases adjacent to the gates exhibit works of art by 16 artists living throughout the regional area served by ONT.

Varying widely in media and visual impact, the exhibits showcase the talent and artistic range of art in the region.

See The Good

Over 50 artists helping us all
“See The Good” in the world around us 


Our Story

About CCMA

Since 1941, the Chaffey Community Museum of Art has been sharing the gift of visual art with residents of the inland communities of Southern California. First founded as an art association, CCMA has since grown into an important regional museum that provides public access to fine art and supports the local artistic community.

The mission of the Chaffey Community Museum of Art is multi-dimensional. Like all museums, CCMA’s Permanent Collection is held in the public trust, and selections are always on display in the Museum’s Line Gallery so they can be enjoyed by museum visitors. Additional facets of CCMA’s mission are to:

  • maintain, conserve, display and restore the Museum’s art collection;
  • provide a venue for local artists to exhibit;
  • stimulate and foster interest in art with educational activities for members and the public;
  • enhance the Permanent Collection by expanding its holdings to include regional artists and a wide variety of media; and
  • preserve the history and traditions of the Museum.