About the Chaffey Community Museum of Art

CCMA Mission

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.

Visiting the Museum

CCMA is located in the historic 1919 Ontario Power Company building in the Arts District of downtown Ontario. Over the years, the building has served a variety of uses, including the offices of the Southern California Edison Company, the headquarters of the Ontario Police Department, the City of Ontario Model Colony Room, and even the venue for the West End Symphony Orchestra. CCMA's tenure began in January 2013.

Admission to the Museum is free and ample parking is available. Hours of operation are Thursday-Sunday from noon to 4 pm, or by special appointment. The Museum is located at 217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario -- one block east of Euclid Ave., and two blocks south of Holt Blvd., across the parking lot from the Museum of History & Art, Ontario.
  





Events at the Museum

Artist Reception

July 28, 2019 - 2 pm to 4 pm

Cabinet of Curiosity
Southern California Collage Society

All About the Circle
 Elizabeth Carr


West End Photo Open (WEPO)

CCMA announces the inaugural biennial West End Photo Open. This open call, juried exhibition is now accepting photographic works of art that share the artist's vision and creativity.
 
The best of WEPO will be awarded cash prizes and invited to exhibit in the
2020 West End Photo Invitational.
 
For more information and to submit, visit https://westendphotoopen.artcall.org


2019 Ontario Festival of the Arts:

Call for artist booths
 
CCMA invites regional artists to apply for a booth at the 2019 Ontario Festival of the Arts. Booths are available for many media types in functional, decorative and visual art categories.
 
The Festival is Saturday, October 19 from 11 am to 7 pm. Booth fee = $75; artists keep all sales.
 
For more information and to apply for a booth, visit https://ontarioarts.org/festival/

Art at Airport

CCMA is managing the public art program at the airport on behalf of the Ontario International Airport Authority and the City of Ontario Community Life & Culture Agency.Artist installations can now be seen in both Terminal 2 and Terminal 4.

Current exhibiting artists are:

Dee Marcellus Cole, Cosme Cordova, Jesus Cruz, Jr., Gina Lawson Egan, Sumi Foley, Cathy Garcia, Karen Karlsson, Sant Khalsa, Denise Kraemer, Steven Long, Cindy Rinne and Larry White.


Life Drawing Session at CCMA

Live model
Sessions are the third Thursday of the month
10 am to 3 pm
$15 -- open to all


 Open Studio at CCMA

Fridays from 11 am – 3 pm
Where artists meet to create and share their artwork in an unstructured environment.

Open Studio at CCMA is a place for artists to come together and create art in the presence of other artists. It is intended to foster creativity, exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of artistic expression. All artists are welcome and invited to participate.

Open Studio at CCMA is held every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm. Artists should bring all their own supplies + a sack lunch, drinks and snacks as desired. CCMA will provide a coffee maker, refrigerator and small microwave for the use of participants.
Free for CCMA members
$20 for guests

CCMA in the News

Ontario Connects

View highlights of Sheets, Sheets & Caughman CCMA/OMHA exhibition
Art for Living and Living for Art
by clicking on the title

Joe Blackstock

Inland Valley historian Joe Blackstock visits CCMA to view the nine paintings of the Barbara Line Memorial Collection. Click here to view article.

 IEShineOn.com
 IEShineOn, an online source for events and activities in the Inland Empire, featured CCMA. To view the article, click here.

Suzanne Sproul

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist Suzanne Sproul reports on the Sheets, Sheets & Caughman exhibit Art for Living and Living for Art. To view the article, click here. Read about CCMA's 75th anniversary in 2016 by clicking here. 

David Allen
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen visits CCMA's outdoor sculpture at the front of the museum. The sculpture was created by Fullmer Construction superintendent Gary Rue entirely from materials leftover from construction the parking lot next door. Click here to see a photo and read David's blog.

Trevor Summons

Click here  or click here to read about CCMA
in Trevor Summon's column

Foothills Reader

Click here to read about CCMA
in the Foothills Reader


217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761-1623
909.463.3733
info@chaffeymuseum.org

Free Admission
Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Rent the Museum for your event

The Museum is available year-round as a venue for compatible events of small to medium-sized groups. For more information, including rental rates, available days and times, and floor plan, click here.


 217 S. Lemon Ave, Ontario, CA 91761 • 909.463.3733 • info@chaffeymuseum.org • Thursday-Sunday, noon - 4 pm • Free Admission