Tenth Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibit

April 09, 2019

On exhibition April 11, 2019 through June 9, 2019, the Tenth Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibit features a fantastic array of art from talented artists of the region. Sponsored by the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, this juried exhibition is one of the Museum’s most anticipated exhibition by artists and the art community.  For the past eighteen years, visitors have enjoyed viewing 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artwork with a wide range of subject matter and technique.  The Ontario Openfeatures both established and emerging artists who use a variety of media such as oil, acrylic, clay, metal, fiber, textiles, photography, ink, graphite and others. 

The exhibition is juried by Jennifer Frias, Director of Education and Academic programs at UCR ARTS, and an independent curator.  Frias is also co-founder of the award-winning OFF THE BLOCK Program at UCR ARTS, a summer workshop intensive for aspiring, high school filmmakers and documentarians. As curator, she has organized exhibitions at UCR ARTS, as well as multiple art venues in Los Angeles, Orange County, and Miami.  Her curatorial projects focus on engaging contemporary art and its artists with communities outside of the art world to connect in dialogue and activity.  In addition to her curatorial work, she is a practicing artist working primarily with installation and photography.  She received her MFA in Exhibition Design/Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton and her BA in Art History and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. 

Special Events that will be held in conjunction with the exhibition:

Tenth Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony and Reception 

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (1 PM to 3 PM)

Join the Museum as we celebrate the fantastic array of artwork by local and regional artists.  Juror awards will be presented by board members of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates, the non-profit support group for the Museum.  Juror Jennifer Friaswill discuss her selections and lead a walkthrough of the exhibition.  Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Remarks at 1:30 PM. 


Museum Explorers: Art Party!

Saturday, June 1, 2019 (2 PM to 4 PM)

Explore the 10th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibitwith a guided tour and create your own work of art!  Families are encouraged to attend with children ages 5 to 11.  Materials will be provided.  Free admission.  Reservations Required. 


Awards are given out to First, Second, Third and 4 Honorable Mentions winners.  The winners from the 2019 Tenth Ontario Openwill be invited back to show a body of their work in the 2020 Tenth Biennial Ontario Invitational Art Exhibit.  

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