Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University

Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman Universtiy is NOW OPEN!
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The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, was established thanks to the generosity of Mark and Janet Hilbert. The Hilberts' superlative collection focuses on California narrative art of the 20th and 21st Century, with a particular focus on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s. The Hilbert Collection includes oils, w

atercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State; American illustration art; and movie production and animation art.

"On my way home, I thought I could do better by providing an art experience that would leave people with a smile on thei...
06/14/2024

"On my way home, I thought I could do better by providing an art experience that would leave people with a smile on their face."
Our very own Mark Hilbert was featured in the May/June edition of the to talk about the history of the Hilbert Museum and the ideas that brought it to life🍊
Read more about the Hilbert and the rich history behind here: https://bit.ly/3QPGruF

06/12/2024

Want to truly immerse yourself in art? Dive into summer fun at the Hilbert with Eye Spy! 🔎
It's the ultimate summer activity—free and guaranteed fun for all!
Grab your reference sheet and start exploring! ☀️

Join acclaimed art historian and author Jean Stern as he shares beautiful images of the history of Orange County as seen...
06/10/2024

Join acclaimed art historian and author Jean Stern as he shares beautiful images of the history of Orange County as seen through the eyes of many of California’s greatest artists. From the glorious shores of Laguna Beach to townscapes and everyday life in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Santa Ana and more, see the OC in oils and watercolors – even Disneyland gets a turn! 🍊
Artists include Barse Miller, Bradford J. Salamon, George James, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill, Kerne Erickson and many more!

The lecture will last about 45 minutes, with time afterwards for questions.
🎟️ General Admission: $10 | Chapman students, faculty and staff: Free
Reserve your ticket here: https://bit.ly/4aLR7BA

Be the first to know about our lecture series events by signing up for our email list!

06/07/2024

Exhibit Spotlight 🌟 Mary Blair’s Wonderland: Imagining Disney’s Alice

Step into Mary Blair's whimsical wonderland as her vibrant strokes bring Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland' to life! See original concept art from some other notable Disney works such as 'Cinderella' and 'Peter Pan'.
The show runs through September 7 in the museum’s Cinema Arts galleries.
Don't miss the magic!

06/06/2024

You might not think, at first, that antique plastic radios belong in an art museum’s collection. But after viewing our exhibition “Art of the Airwaves: Radios from The Hilbert Collection,” you might think again. 📻

This stunning ensemble from the “Golden Age of Radio” – the 1930s to the 1950s — features 22 shelf models and one floor style, and spotlights the fact that during those decades, many of America’s finest industrial designers were creating the sleek, sophisticated looks of the nation’s most popular radios.🎙️

The show will be displayed in the North Galleries until September 7th.

60 years ago today, Disneyland introduced the beloved It's a Small World ride!🎺🤩This whimsical ride owes its timeless ch...
05/28/2024

60 years ago today, Disneyland introduced the beloved It's a Small World ride!🎺🤩

This whimsical ride owes its timeless charm to the visionary designs of Mary Blair whose creative genius is evident in the dozens of colorful, stylized paintings, collages, and assemblages that adorn the ride's façade and interior. Her meticulous attention to detail also shines through in the vibrant costumes and characters she meticulously crafted. Blair's imaginative portrayal of various countries has captivated generations of Disney fans.

The task represented a new peak in her career, and is perhaps the creation she is most noted for among all of her works.

Explore more of Blair's iconic work at the Hilbert Museum's exhibition: "Mary Blair’s Wonderland: Imagining Disney’s Alice."

Featured:
It’s a Small World
Concept art
c. 1963
Gouache on board

Igloo Home
It’s a Small World concept art
1964-66
Gouache

Children Flying Kites
It’s a Small World concept art
c. 1963
Gouache on board

05/23/2024

Make sure you add The Hilbert Museum to your summer To Do list 🤩

Plan your visit with the link in our bio, and have a happy Memorial Day Weekend!

“Sails, Newport Harbor,” 1930sBarse MillerOil on canvasPeter and Gail Ochs CollectionThe artist Barse Miller was an avid...
05/21/2024

“Sails, Newport Harbor,” 1930s
Barse Miller
Oil on canvas
Peter and Gail Ochs Collection

The artist Barse Miller was an avid sailor in the 1930s when he painted this piece. Although he lived inland, he was regularly traveling to sail out of Newport Harbor. The Balboa Pavilion, pictured here, was then and is now at the center of Newport Harbor. It was painted in the regionalist style he developed to capture the look and feel of Southern California local scenes.

Currently on view in the exhibition “Same Place, Another Time: Views of Orange County” at the Hilbert Museum!

We'll be over here appreciating our beautifully expanded museum for   😍 Want to join us? Make your reservations with the...
05/18/2024

We'll be over here appreciating our beautifully expanded museum for 😍

Want to join us? Make your reservations with the link in our bio. Admission is free!

📸 : HMCA at Chapman University

05/15/2024

The Hilbert Museum is proud to be a resource to the students at ❤️

Head to our website to learn more or ask our docents for info next time you visit. Paws up! 🐾

“Dumbo and His Mother” 🐘 Bill PeetPencil on paper. Original character study for the Walt Disney feature “Dumbo” (1941)Th...
05/12/2024

“Dumbo and His Mother” 🐘
Bill Peet
Pencil on paper. Original character study for the Walt Disney feature “Dumbo” (1941)
The Hilbert Collection.

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at The Hilbert Museum! 🤗

05/05/2024

How it started vs. how it's going 🤩

Taking a moment to appreciate how far we've come today!

05/02/2024

Appreciating every little moment here at The Hilbert 🤩

We’re looking for reliable volunteer docents who want to join the Hilbert team 🎨 As a docent, you will assist in the mus...
04/30/2024

We’re looking for reliable volunteer docents who want to join the Hilbert team 🎨

As a docent, you will assist in the museum and educate visitors about the museum's extensive collection of California scene paintings. Students are welcome to volunteer also!

Interested? Feel free to DM us or send an email to [email protected] for more info 🎉

04/27/2024

Now open: Messengers of Memory, a special curated exhibition highlighting 25 years of prize-winning entries in the annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest.

Stop by to see beautiful tributes from middle and high school students who are the voices to the future for Holocaust survivors.

Celebrate   here at The Hilbert! 📚 We have a wide selection of books in the lobby of the South Wing Gallery that are ava...
04/23/2024

Celebrate here at The Hilbert! 📚

We have a wide selection of books in the lobby of the South Wing Gallery that are available for purchase - some of which are written and published by our featured artists and Museum Director, Mary Platt!

And for our students, did you know the Hilbert has a California art research library onsite? These books are always available on-site for you to conduct research for your classes! Ask one of our docents for more info when you arrive 🤗

OPEN TODAY: “Messengers of Memory: A 25-Year Retrospective of the Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art & Writing Cont...
04/17/2024

OPEN TODAY: “Messengers of Memory: A 25-Year Retrospective of the Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art & Writing Contest”

This special curated exhibition highlights 25 years of prize-winning entries in the Holocaust Art & Writing Contest, co-sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University and The 1939 Society.

You can visit this exhibition now through July 31, 2024 in the Burra Family Community Room at The Hilbert Museum.

Visit the link below to make your reservations:
https://hilbertmuseum.org/

04/15/2024

Happy from The Hilbert Museum 🎨

We are deeply committed to the art of visual storytelling. Our mission is to engage, educate, entertain and inspire visitors of all ages; enriching appreciation and understanding of the unique history, people and places of California. ☀️

“This will be the first museum anywhere that is totally dedicated to the display of California Scene and California representational art,” said Mark Hilbert upon founding the museum. “The intent will be to cast a spotlight on this style of painting and these amazing artists, and to make this art known around the world."

“Messengers of Memory: A 25-Year Retrospective of the Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art & Writing Contest” will be...
04/12/2024

“Messengers of Memory: A 25-Year Retrospective of the Annual Chapman University Holocaust Art & Writing Contest” will be opening at The Hilbert Museum next Wednesday, April 17th. 🎨

This special curated exhibition highlights 25 years of prize-winning entries in the Holocaust Art & Writing Contest, co-sponsored by the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University and The 1939 Society. The contest is open each year to high school and middle school students from around the world. This extraordinary exhibition – including art, prose, poetry and film – honors Holocaust survivors and celebrates the creativity of students who are their voices to the future: messengers of memory.

This exhibition will be on view from April 17 – July 31, 2024 in the Burra Family Community Room, Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University.

Visit the link below to learn more and make your free reservations:
https://hilbertmuseum.org/

04/09/2024

Exhibit Spotlight 🌟 A Matter of Style: Modernism in California Art

In this exhibit, you'll find works from artists whose style is so unique that it can often be recognized without even looking for a name on the art. Most artists in this exhibit lived in Southern California and produced art between 1920 and 1970.

'A Matter of Style' is located in the South Wing. Visit our website to schedule your visit! 🎟️

https://hilbertmuseum.org/

04/08/2024

Lights, camera, action at The Hilbert Museum! 🎥 To honor Women's History Month, FOX 11 stopped by to highlight a pioneer in art - concept painter, Mary Blair.

Blair was a trailblazer, best known for her iconic work on Disney animated films such as 'Peter Pan' and 'Alice in Wonderland.'

Watch the full video below and be sure to schedule your visit on our website!

A tribute to Orange County 🍊 At one time the land in Villa Park was almost completely covered with orange groves. The Vi...
04/05/2024

A tribute to Orange County 🍊

At one time the land in Villa Park was almost completely covered with orange groves. The Villa Park Orchards Association picked, packed and shipped most of the fruit grown there. This is a very accurate depiction of what the orange groves in Villa Park looked like when the oranges were being picked.

KERNE ERICKSON (b. 1946) California Gold – Villa Park, 2024
Oil on canvas

This piece is on display in the 'Same Place, Another Time: Views of Orange County' exhibit in the North Wing Gallery 🌟

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04/02/2024

You at The Hilbert ✨

Be sure to tag us when you visit so you can be featured!

'SUNDAY MORNING' ⛅  Emil Kosa Jr. (1903 – 1968)c. 1940Oil on canvasThe Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman Unive...
03/31/2024

'SUNDAY MORNING' ⛅ Emil Kosa Jr. (1903 – 1968)
c. 1940
Oil on canvas
The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University
Gift of the Hilbert Collection

Kosa captures a quiet Sunday morning with people arriving at a little church in the California countryside. In wagons and on foot, they gather from all around, many coming on foot down the hill from the houses we can see in the background.

As clouds darken above, the church seems to glow in a golden light, with the trees seeming to hug their branches around it. A pathway lined with broken, haphazardly repaired fence rails leads your eye into the image; perhaps another symbolic reference. The bright greens and golds stand out sharply against the lowering sky.

Happy Easter from all of us at The Hilbert Museum! 🐰

The reviews are in! 🌟 We're so grateful for all of your kind words about the museum expansion.Have you planned your visi...
03/28/2024

The reviews are in! 🌟 We're so grateful for all of your kind words about the museum expansion.

Have you planned your visit yet? We're open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm.

🎟️ FREE ADMISSION. Book your reservation online today!

https://hilbertmuseum.org/

Perhaps the most celebrated of California 20th-century artists, Millard Sheets (1907-1989) could do it all: painter, mur...
03/26/2024

Perhaps the most celebrated of California 20th-century artists, Millard Sheets (1907-1989) could do it all: painter, muralist, mosaicist, designer and teacher.

Jean Stern, curator of the current exhibition “Millard Sheets: California Master” at the Hilbert Museum, will lead a lecture TOMORROW, March 27 at 6pm, about the acclaimed artist, and talk about the many outstanding paintings in the current show.

The lecture will last about 45 minutes, with time afterward for questions.

🎟️ General Admission: $10 | Chapman students, faculty and staff: Free
JUST A FEW SEATS LEFT ‼️

Reserve your space here:
https://tickets.chapman.edu/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=jean-stern-sheets&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

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03/23/2024

Today might be the Annual Free-For-All in SoCal...but The Hilbert is always free 😉

03/21/2024

Fred Ortiz tells us the story behind the iconic painting of his father by artist Emigdio Vasquez.

🎨: 'HOMEBOYS' circa 1936, 1994
Oil on canvas from the collection of Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill. Photograph by Garret Hill.

'Emigdio Vasquez - Works from the Fred Ortiz Collection' is a collection of original social-realist paintings by Emigdio Vasquez (1939-2014) memorializing the acclaimed California Chicano artist, muralist and teacher.

Visit this exhibition in the South Wing Gallery!

The sun is shining here in Orange today for the first day of Spring ☀️ 🍃 🌸 The sunny scene above is Phil D**e's 'Sunday ...
03/19/2024

The sun is shining here in Orange today for the first day of Spring ☀️ 🍃 🌸

The sunny scene above is Phil D**e's 'Sunday Afternoon in the Plaza de los Angeles' - a key piece in The Hilbert Collection, and one of Mark Hilbert's favorite works. It illustrates a colorful and serene moment frozen in time.

Phil D**e (1906-1990), 'Sunday Afternoon in the Plaza de los Angeles', c.1939-42, oil on canvas.

Plan your visit to the newly expanded Hilbert Museum! 🎨 We are open every Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. 🕔 Rese...
02/29/2024

Plan your visit to the newly expanded Hilbert Museum! 🎨

We are open every Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. 🕔

Reservations are FREE and can be made for up to 4 people! ✍️

Although reservations are not required, they are highly recommended. Guests who arrive without a reservation will be assisted by our staff as available and admitted as space permits. Make your reservations online at our website: [email protected]/" rel="ugc" target="_blank">https://outlook.office365.com/book/[email protected]/

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