Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Herman Cherry was a painter, muralist, teacher, and sculptor of mobiles and constructions. He began his career in Philadelphia; lived in California from 1924 to 1945; Woodstock, New York from 1944 to 1950 with an interval in Paris; and then returned to the New York area for the remainder of his life.

In Los Angeles, he studied at the Otis Art Institute and under Stanton MacDonald Wright at the Art Students League. He also studied at the Art Students League of New York under Thomas Hart Benton. He gave art lessons in Hollywood.

Cherry's travels included Mexico, where he studied murals, France and Italy to gather materials on contemporary painters and sculptors for future lectures, and travels in Brazil, Peru, Greece and Spain. In 1947, he was also the Chairman of the First and Second National Art Conference of Woodstock, New York.

Cherry's work can be found in numerous museums and corporate and private collections including Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in the World Trade Center in New York; Frieda Lawrence in Taos, New Mexico; Western Electric in Lisle, Illinois; Willem de Kooning, East Hampton, New York; General Electric Collection in Fairfield, Connecticut; and IBM in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Biographical material taken from Ask ART.)

Painting in the Permanent Collection:

Mexican Heritage
Signed "Cherry" lower left
Oil, 12" x 10", dated 1943
1943 purchase prize from Portrait of a Community Exhibition
Valued in 1987 at $1250.
Mexican Heritage


Museum Closure

 To cooperate with the nationwide response to COVID-19, CCMA is closed to the public until May 31, 2020 unless an "all clear" is given earlier.
Beginning April 1, 2020 please direct museum inquiries to CCMA board chairman Nancy DeDiemar (nancy91762@gmail.com)
or 909-214-3459.

CCMA is continuing to accept applications for Art at Airport while closed.
Check here or on our Facebook page for updates to this notice.

 Events at the Museum

The April Artist Reception
has been cancelled.

 Art at Airport

CCMA is managing the public art program at  Ontario International Airport. Exhibits featuring the art of 20 regional artists may be seen in the passenger arrival/departure area of Terminals 2 and 4.

Visual artists interested in participating in the  program can click on the EXHIBIT tab above for more information and the application form. CCMA is accepting artist applications during the museum closure period.

Life Drawing Session at CCMA
Postponed Until Further Notice

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

 Open Studio at CCMA
Postponed Until Further Notice

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. Every Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at the museum.

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, 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

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