225 S. Euclid Ave.
Ontario, CA. 91762
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12th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition
The Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates presents the 12th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition. The Museum Associates is a non-profit organization that actively supports educational programs and community events at the Ontario Museum of History & Art through volunteer staffing, fundraising, and membership. To learn more about the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Associates visit Oma1996.com.
Due to gallery space limitations, the 12th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition will be limited to 60 artworks. The museum will close the application portal if 60 artworks are received before the deadline.
Artwork must be completed before applying. No sketches, concept art, mood boards, thumbnails, rough compositions, or incomplete work will be accepted for review.
Two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork in any stable media will be accepted.
Artworks must be no larger than 50 inches in any direction and be no more than 50 pounds.
Two-dimensional works must be framed (or have finished edges) and be ready for hanging with secure wire attached or cleat.
Artwork with saw tooth hangers will not be accepted.
Surfaces must be completely dry and stable.
Please attach a sleeve on the back of the artwork if it is a textile, such as a quilt.
If you are submitting a three-dimensional piece, please make sure it is sturdy, not only for the safety of the guests but the artwork as well. Artwork that is not properly prepared for display will not be accepted.
To avoid confusion, artworks should be hand-labeled with the title (“untitled” if applicable), artist’s name, and telephone number.
Video, digital projection, audio, or other installations requiring an electrical outlet will not be accepted.
Artwork that contains decaying matter, food, drug paraphernalia, weapon paraphernalia, and plant matter will not be accepted if it poses a risk to the public or staff.
The Museum reserves the right to remove any object if deemed unsafe.
Artwork cannot be removed from display during the exhibition run.
Submitting an application or scheduling an appointment does not guarantee participation in the exhibition.
The Museum reserve the right to refuse artwork that is in poor condition or that is deemed otherwise unacceptable for installation.
Call for Entries Guidelines
Please complete each of the required sections.
Do not upload more than one image per work of art. Please name the file with the title of the artwork. There is a 250 MB limit on each file upload.
Artists with artworks accepted will be notified of pre-scheduled appointment slots by email on Friday, March 31, 2023. Once the artwork is submitted and meets the minimum requirements, the artwork will move to the jurying process.
Artwork Drop-off Dates:
Artwork Pick-up Dates:
Onsite Sales of Artwork:
The Ontario Museum of History & Art is a department of the City of Ontario 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 artist business cards. Visitor queries will go directly to the artist.
Artwork left unclaimed after the scheduled pick-up date 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 their artwork after repeated attempts by the Museum to contact them, the loaned artwork 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.
If you need assistance with the application process please call or email:
Leslie Matamoros, Curator of Exhibitions
Use of Artwork In Photography:
Unless permission to do so has been specifically refused by the Lender in writing and attached to this document, the City is authorized to photograph, film or otherwise reproduce in any media, images of the loaned objects for archival, educational, or publicity purposes.
Photography and filming of the exhibition by news media for the purposes of marketing and publicizing the exhibition.
Exhibition gallery/on-site design (in-gallery graphics, in-gallery media).
Collateral pieces for the exhibition (gallery guides, membership magazine, museum brochures, membership solicitations, calendar of events, invitations, educational curriculum, and exhibition catalog).
Publicity and promotion of the exhibition and exhibition related programs (print media, outdoor media).
Electronic/digital information and promotion on City web site and socials.
Reproduction permission for all other venues.
The City will provide lender with the appropriate acknowledgements.
The City shall not be responsible to pay any royalty, license or use fee.
Please indicate if permission is granted for loan items to be photographed for press materials (print, social media, etc.). All publications of loan items will include a credit line acknowledging the artist or lender. Check "Yes" if you approve or "No", if you do not give permission to use your artwork for marketing purposes.
Please indicate if permission is granted for loan items to be photographed and/or filmed for viewing on the Ontario Museum of History & Art’s website: OntarioMuseum.org. Check "Yes" if you approve or "No", if you do not give permission.
Please indicate if you would be interested in leading future artist workshops, public programs, artist vendors, etc. Check "Yes" or "No" in the text box.
Please schedule an "Art Drop Off" appointment via the link below.
Then submit your application.
Ontario Open Art Drop Off Scheduling Link
Certifications: I certify that the entries comply with the stated guidelines of the 12th Biennial Ontario Open Art exhibition. I agree to abide by the guidelines. I allow photography of my artwork by the general public for non-commercial use. I understand that artwork displayed in the exhibition will not be released from the Museum until the exhibition's end date. Use the checkbox and type your full name in the space provided.