The Pride of California Art at Brea Art Gallery

For 34 years, the city of Brea Art Gallery has been hosting a locally-treasured art exhibition that highlights California artists and offers visitors a well-rounded look at the current moods and materials dominating the contemporary art practices in California. This exhibit is the most popular for the gallery, garnering massive crowds and over a thousand submissions each year. With awards, prizes, a selective jurying process, and a time-honored exhibition to …

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Hope, History and Play with the UCI MFAs (Part I)

The MFA, the terminal degree for artists — it is what artists strive for and what gallerists pushing the contemporary art market forward thrive on. For an artist, the MFA’s culmination is the thesis exhibition; it is like their coming out party in the art world, their brief introduction into the real art world and can make or break an artist’s forthcoming luck in the art market. UCI’s MFA program …

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The Formation of UCI’s Institute and Museum for California Art

Featured Image Above: Peter Alexander, “Thrasher,” 1992. Oil on canvas, 48 x 84 in. ©2018, Peter Alexander. The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. Stephen Barker’s visual art tours are almost legendary. The dean of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts and executive director of its Institute and Museum for California Art (IMCA) seems to weave a spell when talking about the artworks …

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Great Park’s Art Book Collection Tells You Everything You Need to Know About O.C. Art Scene

An unassuming book collection leans on white shelves in the entrance of the Great Park Gallery in Irvine’s Palm Court Arts Complex. Casual as these books appear, they are ripe with the impressive history of the Orange County art scene. They document the art history of four O.C. institutions: The Laguna Art Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Irvine Museum and, of course, the Palm Court Arts Complex. …

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The Unseen Artists of UCI

There’s a movement brewing. An unseen hand tucks a water bottle behind a rock, with something inside. A picture is posted to Instagram, and then all of a sudden a crowd comes running. The owner of the bottle is nowhere to be found. A figure in all black sits down at a table on the UC Irvine campus. He looks like a shadow, a silhouette, but upon further examination you …

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“Art of Competition” Captures the Spectacle of Sport

“The Art of Competition” on view at the Palm Court Arts Complex is an arena exhibiting athletes and illustrators at the top of their game. Vibrant colors create rhythmic melodies inside the rigid boundaries of white frames. Digital manipulation, graphic design and hand-painted illustration is highlighted in this show. The results are nuanced compositions that thrust into the complexities of championship, identity and spectacle. The show opens with Noah MacMillan’s digitally …

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“Poems Without Words” – Curation as an Art Form

The exhibition, “Poems Without Words,” opening at the Irvine Museum on April 6, running through August 10, will include 42 California impressionist paintings, which the director/curator refers to as visual poetry. Or as Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (46-120 AD) wrote, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” The artists to be exhibited include Franz Bischoff, Anna Hills, Joseph Kleitsch, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond and …

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The Hilbert Museum Exhibits Treasures of California Scene Painting

At a time when edgy contemporary art proliferates museums and galleries, the paintings and drawings at the Hilbert Museum of California Art focus on socially relevant scenes, created during the 20th century. The California Scene Paintings depict people and settings in cities and towns, parks and amusement centers, theaters and schools, at work and at play. One of the landscapes in the museum collection is Preston Blair’s “Bunker Hill” (1938). …

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