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Society of Photo-Realists Exhibit

Thursday, August 17, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Museum is showcasing the artwork of six members from the Society of Photo-Realists. These artists strive to be more realistic than photographs by executing the “impossible”. Visitors will experience works of art in color pencil, watercolor, and oil that evoke emotion, storytelling, and beauty through fine detail and artistic creativity. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

Dragonfly, photo courtesy of Janet Lea Castro.

Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel

Thursday, July 6, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017

Explore how woodcuts, engravings, comic strips, and graphic novels are part of a long tradition of storytelling. The works in Beyond Words are from the Rare Book Collection and the Comic Art Collection in the Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books at the University of Missouri Libraries. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

Famous Funnies, c. 1936; 10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, ink on paper; Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries, Special Collections.

Express, Explore, Experience: A Dynamic Display of Armstrong Community Center Artists

Thursday, June 8, 2017 to Sunday, July 23, 2017

Explore the artwork of local residents and artists created in art classes at the City of Ontario’s Armstrong Community Center. Artwork will include selections from courses in ceramics, painting, copper enameling, quilting and stained glass. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Ontario Museum of History & Art and the Armstrong Community Center. Free admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.




The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates Present: The Ontario Open Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 20, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017

Exhibit Dates: Thursday, April 20 through Sunday, June 4, 2017

The 9th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition features a fantastic array of art from talented artists in the region. Sponsored by the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, this juried exhibition is one of the Museum’s most anticipated by artists and the community.


Eligibility: Artists of any age are eligible. Artworks must be the original creation by the artist, created between 2016 & 2017.

Entry Fees: Each participant may submit a maximum of two artworks. Diptychs are considered two pieces. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Museum Members: $25 per single entry, $40 for two entries

Non-Members: $35 per single entry, $60 for two entries

Artwork drop-off dates:

Friday, March 31, 2017 (1 PM to 3:30 PM)

Saturday, April 1, 2017 (9 AM to 3 PM)

Award Levels: First Place $500; Second Place $300; Third Place $200; Honorable Mention $75 (up to 4). Ontario Open Art Exhibition award winners will be invited to showcase a body of their artwork in the 2018 Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition.

For more information or to download an official entry form visit or call (909) 395-2510.

Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

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