OCMA Museum Council

OCMA Museum Council As the museum’s longest running support group, the Museum Council’s history began in 1961 with a group of 13 visionary women.

Since the institution's opening in 1962 as the Balboa Pavilion gallery, the Museum Council’s mission has been to raise funds for, and promote interest in the organization. With diverse fundraisers each year, the Council provides financial support to benefit the museum’s art programs for Orange County school children. The Council also provides artistic enrichment and educational opportunities for its members and guests through excursions to Southern California museums, galleries, and private collections. As the museum’s longest running support group, the Museum Council’s history began in 1961 with a group of 13 visionary women who realized that art was missing from the local cultural scene. They started a group called the Fine Arts Patrons and used the Balboa Pavilion to bring art to the city of Newport Beach. With a focus on modern and contemporary art, their efforts were well received and the museum enjoyed recognition from coast to coast. By 1968 the fledgling effort needed more space, moved to a new location, and became known as the Newport Harbor Art Museum. Interest and support continued to grow, as did its collections and exhibitions. Requiring more space, in 1977 the museum opened its doors in the current location on San Clemente Drive. In 1997 the museum was remodeled and renamed…the Orange County Museum of Art. Throughout the decades, the Museum Council has provided important support for exhibitions and education programs, continuing the mission and vision of the Fine Arts Patrons.

OCMA  Season 3, Reception 9-20-19
09/23/2019

OCMA Season 3, Reception 9-20-19

09/11/2019

#Artworks by Victoria Fu and Matt Rich

Artworks by Victoria Fu and Matt Rich
09/11/2019

Artworks by Victoria Fu and Matt Rich

Artworks by Victoria Fu and Matt Rich

Artist Emma Fischer, Sculpture, "Sea Monster"
06/27/2019

Artist Emma Fischer, Sculpture, "Sea Monster"

#aiaoc19aw #instagram #bibiyang2003 #joansmarshall
06/24/2019

#aiaoc19aw #instagram #bibiyang2003 #joansmarshall

#aiaoc19aw #instagram #bibiyang2003 #joansmarshall

Intimate-Scale Sculpture from OCMA Permanent Collection
06/23/2019

Intimate-Scale Sculpture from OCMA Permanent Collection

Intimate-Scale Sculpture from OCMA Permanent Collection

05/09/2019
JULIAN DAY - Common Ground - 2017

This performance "Super Critical Mass" by Julian Day at OCMA 2017 California Pacific Triennial called "Common Ground" was purely a delight!

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OCMA / Expand Exhibition April 7, 2019
04/11/2019

OCMA / Expand Exhibition April 7, 2019

OCMA Reception April 6, 2019
04/10/2019

OCMA Reception April 6, 2019

Rodrigo Valenzuela paintings:  American-Type
02/18/2019

Rodrigo Valenzuela paintings: American-Type

Alan Nakagawa Artist at OCMA / Expand Santa Ana  Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarly working with soun...
02/10/2019

Alan Nakagawa Artist at OCMA / Expand Santa Ana
Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarly working with sound.

Alan Nakagawa Artist at OCMA / Expand Santa Ana
Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist primarly working with sound.

Everyday Grappling OperationsMariangeles Soto-Diaz, was born in 1970 in Caracas, Venezuela.  She currently lives and wor...
02/03/2019

Everyday Grappling Operations
Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, was born in 1970 in Caracas, Venezuela. She currently lives and works in Irvine, CA

Everyday Grappling Operations
Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, was born in 1970 in Caracas, Venezuela. She currently lives and works in Irvine, CA

Artist talk by Ni Youyu' Dust Paintings
01/29/2019

Artist talk by Ni Youyu' Dust Paintings

Artist talk by Ni Youyu' Dust Paintings

Party at Harriet Bemus House December 19, 2018
12/21/2018

Party at Harriet Bemus House December 19, 2018

FISHING FOR GYOTAKU
11/13/2018

FISHING FOR GYOTAKU

FISHING FOR GYOTAKU

OCMA/EXPAND  Reception 11-2-18 in Santa Ana South Coast Plaza
11/03/2018

OCMA/EXPAND Reception 11-2-18 in Santa Ana South Coast Plaza

Tour Guide in Avalon David Michael Lee
05/08/2018

Tour Guide in Avalon David Michael Lee

Tour Guide in Avalon David Michael Lee

OCMA Membership Drive
04/10/2018

OCMA Membership Drive

OCMA Membership Drive

Tony Delap caressing "Floating Lady" at OCMA
04/02/2018

Tony Delap caressing "Floating Lady" at OCMA

So which would you rather have? A DeLap on the wall or a Sol LeWitt on the floor?
03/22/2018

So which would you rather have? A DeLap on the wall or a Sol LeWitt on the floor?

Here are two wonderful images... made 33 years apart. What are your thoughts about these paints? Check out more of OCMA'...
03/20/2018

Here are two wonderful images... made 33 years apart. What are your thoughts about these paints? Check out more of OCMA's collection online.

https://www.ocma.net/collection

Did you know you can view most all of OCMA's collection online?Now you can play games like... Which DeWain Valentine you...
03/18/2018

Did you know you can view most all of OCMA's collection online?

Now you can play games like... Which DeWain Valentine you like more.

Check out more of their collection here https://www.ocma.net/collection

Amazing History!  Proud to be part of OCMA Museum Council, together with Harriet Fisher Bemus, who's been a member since...
01/23/2018
Artbound

Amazing History! Proud to be part of OCMA Museum Council, together with Harriet Fisher Bemus, who's been a member since 1965!!

OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art was started by 13 innovative women, who learned to become gallery managers and curators. #Artbound

Fundraising Check of $3000.- Given to OCMA
01/19/2018

Fundraising Check of $3000.- Given to OCMA

Fundraising Check of $3000.- Given to OCMA

Fundraiser for OCMA Museum of Art!
01/16/2018

Fundraiser for OCMA Museum of Art!

Fundraiser for OCMA Museum of Art!

Artist Nathan Redwood opening @ Denk Gallery March 31, 2018
11/15/2017

Artist Nathan Redwood opening @ Denk Gallery March 31, 2018

Artist Nathan Redwood opening @ Denk Gallery March 31, 2018

CEO Todd Smith Guided Tour
10/14/2017

CEO Todd Smith Guided Tour

CEO Todd Smith Guided Tour

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