The Irvine Museum

The Irvine Museum The Irvine Museum educates children and the public about the importance of art through its outreach programs, and preserves the aesthetic beauty of California's cultural heritage.

"Much of what originally made California a "Golden Land" was directly linked to the environment, especially the land and water that nurtured and sustained a rare quality of life. Over a hundred years ago, the splendor of nature fascinated artists and compelled them to paint beautiful paintings. As we view these rare and remarkable paintings, we are returned, all too briefly, to a time long ago when the land and its bounty were open and almost limitless. Today, with the renaissance of the glorification of nature in art, that spirit is motivating enlightened people in the same way it energized artists of the past. The common bond is the deep reverence for nature and the common goal is to preserve our environment, and no statement is more eloquent than the silent testament of these magnificent paintings. Each generation, in its turn, is the steward of the land, water and air. Our time is now. I sincerely hope that the message this museum imparts will inspire us all to action in this most pressing obligation." ~Joan Irvine Smith, Chairman

Mission: Dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), The Irvine Museum is embracing a principal role in the education and furtherance of this beautiful and important regional variant of American Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its remarkable landscape. The Irvine Museum invites you to share this experience and to enjoy the splendor and power of art as it relates directly to our beloved California.

UCI  Institute and Museum for California Art
06/18/2019
UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

UCI is pleased to announce that nationally renowned museum educator, scholar, and collaborative arts producer Kim Kanatani has been appointed the first museum director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. She joins UCI from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she served as Deputy Director and Gail Engelberg Director of Education. Kanatani will lead UCI IMCA in establishing a center for the study, research, and exhibition of the distinctive work made by California’s artists from the early 19th century to the present. UCI IMCA is home to two expansive collections of California art -- The Buck Collection of more than 3,000 works of California modern art and The Irvine Museum Collection of more than 1,300 California Impressionist paintings.

“I envision the museum serving as a state-of the-art teaching and learning institution, which will offer unparalleled arts and cross-curricular experiences for the campus and the wider community,” says Kanatani.

#UCIimca #UCIpride

https://imca.uci.edu/media-release-visionary-museum-leader-kim-kanatani-is-appointed-museum-director-of-the-uci-institute-and-museum-for-california-art/

In just one day, we received 20 gifts totaling $2,760! Thank you for all of the support and generosity in making this ye...
04/30/2019

In just one day, we received 20 gifts totaling $2,760! Thank you for all of the support and generosity in making this year’s #UCIGIVINGDAY a truly remarkable success!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

In just one day, we received 20 gifts totaling $2,760! Thank you for all of the support and generosity in making this year’s #UCIGIVINGDAY a truly remarkable success!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

Thank you for the continued support to IMCA in honor of UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small giftthat will create a...
04/24/2019

Thank you for the continued support to IMCA in honor of UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small gift
that will create a truly influential impact. We are continuously working towards increasing our proceeds
in support of The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program.

A small gift of even $20 will sponsor a child’s experience! Thank you for the kind generosity leading us
further in our goal to support and educate the lives of the children within our community. We are
continuously seeking to share the knowledge of California’s contribution to the world of art and to
global culture!

#UCIGIVINGDAY #UCIIMCA

Thank you for the continued support to IMCA in honor of UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small gift
that will create a truly influential impact. We are continuously working towards increasing our proceeds
in support of The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program.

A small gift of even $20 will sponsor a child’s experience! Thank you for the kind generosity leading us
further in our goal to support and educate the lives of the children within our community. We are
continuously seeking to share the knowledge of California’s contribution to the world of art and to
global culture!

#UCIGIVINGDAY #UCIIMCA

04/24/2019
UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

Today is UCI GIVING DAY! A day where the UCI community will come together for a momentous day of participation, pride, and collective impact.

We want to encourage you to consider making any size gift that will contribute to creating a transformational impact in the lives of the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to inspire the children in our community through The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program by providing an opportunity to view the wonder of California and its art. Thank you for your generous support, every gift counts!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

Today is UCI GIVING DAY! A day where the UCI community will come together for a momentous day of participation, pride, and collective impact.

We want to encourage you to consider making any size gift that will contribute to creating a transformational impact in the lives of the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to inspire the children in our community through The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program by providing an opportunity to view the wonder of California and its art. Thank you for your generous support, every gift counts!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

04/23/2019
UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

We are just moments away from our annual #UCIGIVINGDAY! Here is a message from Dean Stephen Barker, Executive Director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art.

We are just moments away from our annual #UCIGIVINGDAY! Here is a message from Dean Stephen Barker, Executive Director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art.

Tomorrow is UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small gift that will create a truly influential impact. The UCI Institut...
04/23/2019

Tomorrow is UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small gift that will create a truly influential impact. The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is committed to serving the children of our community and is dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, teachers, and students of California and its art.

Our goal is to continue to sponsor school children through the Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program, providing these children the opportunity to gain knowledge in the world of art and global culture. The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program provides special tours of current exhibitions and partners with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) to offer students the chance to paint their own plein air masterpiece after seeing renowned examples at The Irvine Museum. Your gift will help pay for busing, instruction, art supplies, as well as a nutritious meal. We appreciate your support in our efforts to educate and invigorate!

#UCIGIVINGDAY #UCIIMCA

Tomorrow is UCI Giving Day! Consider making any small gift that will create a truly influential impact. The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is committed to serving the children of our community and is dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, teachers, and students of California and its art.

Our goal is to continue to sponsor school children through the Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program, providing these children the opportunity to gain knowledge in the world of art and global culture. The Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program provides special tours of current exhibitions and partners with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA) to offer students the chance to paint their own plein air masterpiece after seeing renowned examples at The Irvine Museum. Your gift will help pay for busing, instruction, art supplies, as well as a nutritious meal. We appreciate your support in our efforts to educate and invigorate!

#UCIGIVINGDAY #UCIIMCA

It is almost time for #UCIGIVINGDAY in just 2 more days!We are excited for all of the amazing possibilities that this on...
04/22/2019

It is almost time for #UCIGIVINGDAY in just 2 more days!

We are excited for all of the amazing possibilities that this one day will bring!

Givingday.uci.edu

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

It is almost time for #UCIGIVINGDAY in just 2 more days!

We are excited for all of the amazing possibilities that this one day will bring!

Givingday.uci.edu

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

The community coming together for the beginning phase of what will be the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is...
04/22/2019

The community coming together for the beginning phase of what will be the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is truly a remarkable sight! IMCA has given many the opportunity to gather and share their mutual interest and passion for the marvelous works within both The Irvine Museum Collection and The Buck Collection.

This upcoming Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 is UCI’s third annual Giving Day. We would like to highlight the Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program, a program dedicated to serving children in the community to have the opportunity to visit a museum, some for the very first time! We kindly ask for your support in our efforts to support the passion and artistic excitement in the lives of these children who will grow to be the next generation of patrons of the arts!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

The community coming together for the beginning phase of what will be the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is truly a remarkable sight! IMCA has given many the opportunity to gather and share their mutual interest and passion for the marvelous works within both The Irvine Museum Collection and The Buck Collection.

This upcoming Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 is UCI’s third annual Giving Day. We would like to highlight the Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program, a program dedicated to serving children in the community to have the opportunity to visit a museum, some for the very first time! We kindly ask for your support in our efforts to support the passion and artistic excitement in the lives of these children who will grow to be the next generation of patrons of the arts!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

04/20/2019

UCI IMCA has the pleasure of being a part of the third annual UCI Giving Day, a day when all Anteaters come together to make a mountain out of an anthill. It is a day of giving to any area on campus of your choice to further UCI’s vision to embrace community and support the institution as we build up the next generation of future leaders.

The UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is committed to providing public outreach to underserved K-12 school children in the community. As part of our mission to offer access and exposure to the arts, we are proud to have hosted nearly 3,000 school children in the past year to view exhibitions at The Irvine Museum through the Irvine Museum Educational Outreach Program.

In honor of this year’s Giving Day, we ask for your continued support to the Irvine Museum Education Outreach Program to continue to work together to develop the next generation of artists and art enthusiasts. A gift of any size can make a large impact in the lives of these children. Link in Instagram bio for more information!

#UCIIMCA #UCIGIVINGDAY

01/25/2019

Here with Irvine Museum Collection Director, Mr. Jean Stern, featuring our current exhibition, “Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast”

01/25/2019

Here with Irvine Museum Collection Director, Mr. Jean Stern, featuring our current exhibition, “Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast”

The most famous California Impressionists, Guy Rose, will be represented in the new "Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the...
12/11/2018

The most famous California Impressionists, Guy Rose, will be represented in the new "Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast."

To see his Claude Monet (1840-1926) influenced artwork, make sure to visit the exhibition which is on display November 10, 2018, through March 30, 2019.

George Gardner Symons (Simon prior to 1908) was a well-traveled man, but the seaside village of Laguna Beach captured hi...
12/04/2018

George Gardner Symons (Simon prior to 1908) was a well-traveled man, but the seaside village of Laguna Beach captured his attention. Charmed by the views of the coast Symons built a studio that he used periodically throughout his career.
Be a witness to the charming views of Laguna Beach by visiting the "Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast" exhibition. On display from November 10, 2018 to March 30, 2019.

On November 15, 2018, the Irvine Museum Collection hosted a reception for its patrons. The exhibit, “Upon a Painted Oc...
11/27/2018

On November 15, 2018, the Irvine Museum Collection hosted a reception for its patrons. The exhibit, “Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast,” is on display from November 10, 2018 through March 30, 2019.

As a youth, German-born artist William F. Ritschel spent several years as a sailor before entering the Royal Academy of ...
11/27/2018

As a youth, German-born artist William F. Ritschel spent several years as a sailor before entering the Royal Academy of Art in Munich.

William Ritschel then took his passion for art and the sea and combined them to make marine painting the primary focus of his work.

To see his marine-inspired art, visit "Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast" on display November 10, 2018, through March 30, 2019.

"On a quiet hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Casa Romantica stands like a Spanish-style beacon to art, culture and pl...
11/19/2018
‘The Idle Hour’ Encapsulates Leisure at Casa Romantica

"On a quiet hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Casa Romantica stands like a Spanish-style beacon to art, culture and pleasant gardens....Through March 9, Casa Romantica is presenting “The Idle Hour,” featuring works on loan from the Irvine Museum Collection, which was recently donated to the University of California, Irvine."

Learn more about the exhibiton by reading Voice of OC 's article ‘The Idle Hour’ Encapsulates Leisure at Casa Romantica.'

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REVIEW: The connection between rarely seen paintings by accomplished artists and the beautiful seaside space makes for a pleasant stroll through California Impressionism.

Attention! New Exhibition Opening: “Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast”The Irvine Museum Collectio...
11/13/2018

Attention! New Exhibition Opening: “Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast”

The Irvine Museum Collection is proud to announce the grand opening of their exhibition "Upon a Painted Ocean: An Ode to the California Coast." The exhibition is our tribute to the California Coast.

Visit the exhibition from November 10, 2018, through March 30, 2019.

Phil Dike, best known for his Regionalist watercolors, is a featured artist in our newly opened Drawing on the Past exhi...
07/20/2018
Education and Outreach: About Phil Dike

Phil Dike, best known for his Regionalist watercolors, is a featured artist in our newly opened Drawing on the Past exhibition.

Get to know more about Phil Dike and his career by clicking on the featured article.

Be sure to visit his artwork on display from now to October 4th, 2018.

Education and Outreach | Phil Dike Philip Latimer Dike was born in Redlands, California in 1906. Dike was exposed to art at an early age as his family home was filled with paintings by his grandmother, Eliza Twigg. While attending Redlands High School, he received encouragement to pursue art from hi...

Our recently opened exhibition, Drawing on the Past, consists of works on paper, namely drawings, watercolors, pastels, ...
07/18/2018
Director's Letter

Our recently opened exhibition, Drawing on the Past, consists of works on paper, namely drawings, watercolors, pastels, and etchings.

To learn about the differences in these various media, read our Director's Letter.

To experience these medias, visit our Drawing on the Past exhibition, open now to October 4!

Director's Letter Our current exhibition, Drawing On The Past, consists of works on paper, namely drawings, watercolors, pastels and etchings. How are these various media defined and how do they differ from each other? Drawing  Drawing is a form of visual art produced by the artist where they use v...

On July 12, 2018, the Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine hosted an reception for its patro...
07/17/2018

On July 12, 2018, the Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine hosted an reception for its patrons. The exhibit, “Drawing on the Past Exhibition: Works on Paper,” is on display from July 7 through October 4, 2018.

Our exhibition "Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper" opens today Saturday, July 7, 2018!Please join us for the grand ope...
07/07/2018
irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

Our exhibition "Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper" opens today Saturday, July 7, 2018!

Please join us for the grand opening at 11:00 am.

For further information click the link below.

Our exhibition “Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper” opens this Saturday, July 7, 2018!Please join us for the grand ...
07/05/2018
irvinemuseumcollection.uci.edu

Our exhibition “Drawing On The Past: Works on Paper” opens this Saturday, July 7, 2018!

Please join us for the grand opening at 11:00 am.

For further information click the link below.

Hear from James Irvine Swinden, Charman for the UCI Insititue and Museum for California Art, in the latest UCI Magazine ...
06/07/2018
A California Art Apostle | UCI News | UCI

Hear from James Irvine Swinden, Charman for the UCI Insititue and Museum for California Art, in the latest UCI Magazine dedicated to the arts.

>> Find out more about Mr. Swinden's latest project UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

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University of California, Irvine UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Running an art museum was not something James Irvine Swinden ever imagined. When his mother, Joan Irvine Smith, began feverishly collecting California impressionist artwork in the early 1990s, Swinden was happily operating a 12-acre botanical garden on the island of Kauai. So when she asked him to h...

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The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed between exhibitions and may be closed for major holidays. Please call ahead! Admission is complimentary for all visitors. Donations are gratefully accepted. The Irvine Museum validates parking for its visitors.

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