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Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates

225 South Euclid Avenue CA 91762

(909) 395-2510

Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates Present

11th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition


Exhibition Dates: May 6 – August 15, 2021

Due to gallery space limitations the exhibition will be limited to 75 artists.


Kathryn Ervin is the Board Chair for Arts Connection, a state-local partner to the California Arts Council. She is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University San Bernardino and a member of the California Educational Theatre Association, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and The California Arts Project.  She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama and African American Theatre and Film and Culture. She is a consultant and past president and received a Life Time Member Award for the Black Theatre Network.  She is a director and has directed drama’s comedies and musicals. Recent work includes; ROWING TO AMERICA, IN THE HEIGHTS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and INVISIBLE a play based on The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and HG Wells. Her original production of the hip hop opera KEEP HEDZ RINGIN’ by Rickerby Hinds was a finalist at the KCACTF in Utah and presented as part of the NYC Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2002. She is the author with Ethel Pitts Walker of An African American Scenebook. She was recently inducted as a fellow in the Kennedy Center American Theatre College of Fellows.

First Place $500; Second Place $300; Third Place $200; Honorable Mention $75 (up to 4 artists). Ontario Open Art Exhibition award winners will be invited to showcase a body of their artwork in the 2022 Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition.
Artists of any age are eligible. Artworks must be the original creation of the artist, created between 2019-2021 and not previously exhibited in the past Ontario Open Exhibitions.


Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork in any stable media will be accepted.
To avoid confusion, artworks should be labeled with a title (“untitled” if applicable), artist’s name, and telephone number. Artworks must be no larger than 50 inches in any direction and may not exceed 50 pounds. Two-dimensional works must be framed (or have finished edges) and be ready for hanging with secure wire attached or cleat. Surfaces must be completely dry and stable. If the piece is a textile, such as a quilt, please attach a sleeve on the back. If you are submitting a 3-dimensional piece, please make sure it is sturdy, not only for the safety of visitors but the artwork as well. Artwork that is not properly prepared for display will not be accepted. Video, digital projection, audio, or other installations requiring an electrical outlet will not be accepted. Any artwork that contains decaying remains, ashes, plant base or food base will not be accepted.


Each participant may submit a maximum of two artworks. Diptychs are considered two pieces. Entry fees are non-refundable. Checks made payable to “Museum of History & Art, Ontario Associates,” credit cards, and debit cards will be accepted. Proceeds from entry fees help support the non-profit Ontario Museum of History & Arts, Associates.

To learn more about the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates visit

Museum Members: $25 per entry, $40 for 2 entries

Non-Members: $35 per entry, $60 for 2 entries


Drop-off will be by appointment only during April 7 -  April 11, 2021. Appointments will be available on at, the museum's website. Please call (909) 395-2510 for assistance.

The artwork must be hand-delivered to the Ontario Museum of History & Art by the artist or a proxy. Commercially shipped or mailed artwork will not be accepted.



Pick-up will be done by appointment only from August 18 - 21 and August 25 - 28, 2021. Appointments will be available at, the museum's website.

The artist must pick-up their own artwork or provide the museum with a written statement giving permission for a proxy with picture I.D. to claim the artwork.


Please complete each of the following sections.

Full Name

Full Address

If you are submitting only one piece of artwork, please enter 'N/A' for the next three boxes.

Upload File or Files. Please name the file with the title of the piece.


The Ontario Open Committee reserves the right to determine whether a particular artwork will be exhibited. Due to the high volume of artwork and gallery space limitations, the exhibition is limited to 75 artists. It is possible that not all entries will be displayed in the Ontario Open Art Exhibition. In the case of this event, the artist will be contacted and the artist must pick-up the corresponding artwork. Entry fees will not be refunded. The artwork included in the exhibition will be on display until the close of the exhibition. Artworks will be released following the close of the exhibition by appointment. 


Onsite sales of artwork is not an objective of the Ontario Open Art exhibition. The Ontario Museum of History & Art is a department of the City of Ontario, Community Life and Cutlure Agency, and is not a commercial gallery. The purpose of the exhibit is to provide opportunities for artists of the region to exhibit artwork for the benefit of the City of Ontario and the Museum’s regional audience. The Museum will not represent artists, provide sales prices, or receive commissions for artwork transactions. Sales may not be conducted on the Museum property. The Museum will provide a public space to display artists’ business-style cards. This way, visitor queries will go directly to the artist.


Artwork left unclaimed after the scheduled pick-up will undergo Museum abandonment procedures. The Museum will attempt to contact or negotiate the objects return to the lender. In the event, the lender fails to claim a loan, after repeated attempts by the Museum to contact them, the loaned items may be subject to the State of California’s Unclaimed Loan law, California Civil Code Section 1500 et seq., and/or the provisions of California Civil Code Section 1899 et seq.

Certifications: I certify that the entries comply with the stated rules of the Ontario Open Art Exhibition. I agree to abide by the rules. I hereby release the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates of any liability with regard to the Ontario Open Art Exhibition. In the event my artwork is not included in the exhibition, I understand that I will be contacted; I agree that I will pick-up my un-displayed artwork, and I agree that my entry fees will not be refunded. I allow photography of my artwork by the general public for non-commercial use. I understand that artwork displayed in the Ontario Open Art Exhibition will not be released from the Museum until the exhibition end date. Use the checkbox and type your full name in the space provided.

Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates

225 S. Euclid Ave. Ontario, CA 91762

(909) 395-2510