TOM FONG 1929-

Tom Fong, Artist-Instructor and a native Californian, was born in Sacramento, California. His family relocated to Los Angeles where Fong was raised and went to school. He began drawing by age 7, creating his own comic strips.

After completing high school, Fong was drafted into military service during the Korean Conflict. After completing his tour, Fong studied at the University of California School of Architecture, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Design.

After college Fong worked in the aerospace industry as a design engineer designing ergonomic, functional work environments for pilots and astronauts. In his spare time he began studying watercolor painting and studied with Robert J. Uecker, James Couper Wright, Milford Zornes, George Post, Dong Kingman, Robert E. Wood and Henry Fukuhara.

Fong retired early from the aerospace industry to paint. Robert Uecker encouraged him to start teaching watercolor classes and workshops. He was included in an article entitled 20 Great Teachers in the Collector’s Edition of Watercolor by the American Artist.

His painting is bold, spontaneous, and direct. His watercolors have been included in national juried exhibitions. Fong’s work is in Splash 6, the Artist Magazine, and Watercolor Magic. He was also the featured artist in the Watercolor Page of the American Artist.

Fong teaches at various colleges and conducts national and international workshops. He continues to be a guest instructor for the Yosemite National Park Association and has conducted Watercolor Demonstration Series for Watercolor West and the National Watercolor Society.

Fong has earned Signature Membership in Watercolor West, where he served as President in 2003 and 2004. He gives watercolor demonstrations, conducts workshops, and judges art shows upon request.

Painting(s) in the Permanent Collection:

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Museum Closure

 CCMA is following State, County and City of Ontario guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is currently
closed to the public through June 30.

During closure, please direct inquiries to CCMA board chairman Nancy DeDiemar (
or 909-214-3459.

CCMA is continuing to accept applications for Art at Airport while closed.
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Statement of Support

CCMA is an arts organization with the word community as part of its name. And so we grieve with communities of color in our city, our country and the world, for the death of George Floyd and all the others before him who have been disadvantaged, suffered and died because of the color of their skin.
As we have seen over the past few weeks, collective grief can be channeled into positive actions that change institutions and systems to create a more just society. CCMA intends to be part of that change.

 Events at the Museum

No events are currently scheduled.

 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

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