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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Events at the Museum

Artist Reception

October 6, 2019 - 2 pm to 4 pm

West End Photo Open (WEPO)
Announcement of Prize Winners at 3 pm

Mid Valley Art League

Imagination in Clay
Richard Perre

2019 Ontario Festival of the Arts

Saturday, October 19, 2019
11 am to 7 pm 
Over 50 participating visual artists
Music and dance performances
Arts Learning and Demonstrations
Mini walking tour of historic buildings
Food trucks and craft beer vendors
Free admission
in the Arts District
217 S. Lemon Ave., Ontario.

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, 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

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in the Foothills Reader

217 S. Lemon Ave
Ontario, CA 91761-1623

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Thursday through Sunday
noon — 4:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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