CCMA Prize Recipients

2013 Recipients of the Purchase Prize of Contemporary Art

CCMA's 2013 member exhibit, Salute!, presented 93 works of art from 40 participating members. From these the Trustees of the Permanent Collection selected two -- a painting and a sculpture -- for purchase and to become part of CCMA's Permanent Collection. This exhibits renews the Purchase Prize Art Exhibition of Contemporary Art that began in 1941, the year of CCMA's founding, and continued until 1963.

Gina Lawson Egan

2013 Purchase Prize for Sculpture: Cyclone
Gina Lawson Egan is a ceramic artist whose work in clay figures evokes ancient American art. Using the human head and female figure, the artist communicates inspirational themes – love and companionship; growth and death; balance and the passage of time.

By incorporating the dramatic acts of nature such as cyclone, hurricane and tsunami, the artist’s figures balance a placid countenance on one side and elements of life behind. Her palette is largely based on soothing earth tones and often meant to teach a lesson or tell a story. Her sculptures often include a bit of playfulness to surprise and delight the observer.

Gina prefers the process of coil and slab building. Her pieces begin with a face and become more expressive and narrative with the addition of figures, animals and other components. To build a surface patina, she uses a combination of slips, washes and glazes.

Gina earned a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University. She teaches ceramics at Cal Poly Pomona and lives in Ontario with her husband John who is a painter.


Helen Hayes

2013 Purchase Prize for Painting: Story Teller
Artist Helen Hayes creates mood-evoking figurative paintings on a synthetic paper called Yupo that has a plasticized surface. This allows the artist to move and blend paint in unusual ways. Working with very wet watercolor pigments, the artist allows the shapes and textures to evolve.

The main shapes the artist employs are figures which are both the largest shapes in the compositions and the only representational part. The remaining forms are abstracts and background to help establish the mood and mystery. This ambiguity allows viewers to be drawn into the work and determine their own ideas about the relationships and concepts conveyed by the artist.

Following her graduation from Ball State University, Helen pursued a career in art education. She helped develop California Art Standards and assisted other art instructors to increase their proficiency in teaching art standards. Her paintings are frequently displayed throughout the region, including CCMA’s 2012 exhibit On Creativity.

Story Teller

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.
Check here or on our Facebook page for updates to this notice.

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

Click here to read about CCMA
in the Foothills Reader

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