ROBERT GEORGE 1928 - 1999

Robert George was born in Chino, California and is the nephew of master woodworker Sam Maloof. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Redlands and a Master of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at Harvard University and in Italy.

For thirty years, George taught art in the Whittier and Pomona Unified School Districts as well as at graduate schools. During that time, he also served as president, curator and trustee of the Chaffey Community Art Association (now CCMA).

George's dominant style was abstract expressionism. His work has been exhibited throughout California including Gump's Gallery in San Francisco. His mosaic work is installed at Our Lady of Assumption in Claremont, California, altar screens at the Methodist Church in Chino, California, and a collection of Nativity Scenes at the Headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Chicago, Illinois.

George was honored by winning many awards during his lifetime.

Click on a thumbnail below to see an enlarged image and start a slide show of his paintings.

Paintings in the Permanent and Robert George Memorial Collections:

Permanent Collection

Signed “Robert George”, lower right
Oil Collage, ” x “, circa
Donation by Kathleen Bernath

Signed  “Robert George”, upper right
Watercolor, 23” x 12”, circa 1950

Oil, 18” x 40”, circa 1964
Donation by Kathleen Bernath

Signed “Robert George”, lower left
Watercolor, 29” x 21”, circa

Untitled Abstract Painting
Oil over Canvas collage, 48” x 60”, no date
2000 gift of the artist’s estate

Robert George Memorial Collection

Signed Robert George, lower left
Watercolor, 28½” x 21”, no date
1999 Gift of the the Artist’s estate

Watercolor, 22” x 28”, no date
1999 gift of the Francis Line Estate

Oval Mat
Signed “Robert George”, lower right
Acrylic, 13” x 18, circa 1962
1983 gift of Kathleen Bernath

Rice Cane
Signed “Robert George”, lower right
Watercolor, 29” x 20”, circa 1973

Spanish Landscape
Acrylic?, 24” x 24”, No Date
1999 Gift of the Artist’s Estate

Untitled Drawing of a Nun (no image available)
Signed Robert George, lower right
Ink on tissue paper, no date
1999 gift of the Francis Line Estate


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 until further notice.

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

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

Foothills Reader

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in the Foothills Reader

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