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Eye of Ontario: A Chaffey High School Photography Project

Thursday, May 2, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Museum and Chaffey High School present a display of photographs by students. The exhibit’s theme will explore the changing community of Ontario through the perspective of youth. The project is generously sponsored by the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates the non-profit support group of the Museum. FREE ADMISSION.  For more information, call (909) 395-2510.



Thursday, April 11, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates is hosting the 10th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibit (“Ontario Open”) from April 11, 2019 to June 9, 2019.  This juried exhibition is one of the museum’s signature exhibitions that takes place every other year and is eagerly anticipated by area artists and the art community.

The Ontario Open is a wonderful opportunity for artists of all ages to show their work to the community.  Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork in any stable media will be accepted, but video, digital projection, audio or other installations requiring an electrical outlet will not be accepted.  All artwork must be the creation by the artist and created between 2017 and 2019.  Awards to be given out are: 1st place winner will receive $500, 2nd place winner will receive $300, 3rd place winner will receive $200 and four Honorable Mentions will receive $75 each.  Winners from the 2019 10th Biennial Ontario Open will be invited back to show in the 2020 10th Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibit.  The museum will have an Awards Presentation and Opening Reception on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM, remarks will begin at 1:30 PM.  

Artists interested in participating in this Open Call can pick up the 10th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibit prospectus form at the museum or download it below.  Drop off for the artwork will be Friday, March 22, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9 AM to 3 PM.  An entry form needs to be filled out prior to arriving.  There is a non-refundable entry fee; Museum Members pay $25 for one entry piece or $40 for two entry pieces, and non-members pay $35 for one entry piece or $60 for 2 entry pieces.  All proceeds go to the Museum Associates to assist in funding community programs and exhibits offered by the Ontario Museum of History & Art.


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.

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