The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artists Studios, housing a publicly-accessible artists-in-residence program. This new civic space also features Hangar 244, a 10,000 square foot event center; a shaded outdoor performance plaza enhanced by 54 Canary Islands date palms; and the Great Park’s first site-specific permanent public art installation.
Visitors will discover that the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s World War II-era atmosphere and architecture have been preserved by means of adaptive reuse of existing buildings, a strategy that aligns with the Park’s ecological values. The Palm Court’s re-purposed military structures now form a cultural campus supporting the development of a fresh approach to establishing an interdisciplinary, public arts program.
The Legacy Project
Check out some of the Great Park’s past Artists-in-Residence:
Jennifer Backhaus is the Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance, Orange County’s award winning contemporary dance company. Jennifer was included in OC Metro’s 40 Under 40 in 2009 and was honored by Chapman University as Alumni of the Year for her artistic success with Backhausdance. As a choreographer, Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Orange County Regional Ballet, the McCallum Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Utah Regional Ballet, Chapman University, Mount San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, Impact Dance Theater, TDC of the Bay Area, Brigham Young University, among others. Many of Jennifer’s works have been honored by Regional Dance America and her piece Disintegration was selected for national performances with the American College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Local Southern California-based artist Andre Woodward explores the intersection of nature, technology and humanity. His work features manmade and non-living materials harmoniously coexisting. His art has been showcased in the book My Green City and on the covers of Sculpture Magazine and the most recent Visions from the New California catalog. His projects have been exhibited throughout California at the 18th Street Art Center, the Torrance Art Museum, with solo exhibitions at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Whittier College and Villa Montalvo.
Deborah Aschheim makes installations, drawings and sculptures based on invisible networks of perception and thought. Her recent work exploring the subject of memory has led her to collaborate with musicians and neuroscientists. Her project for the Orange County Great Park is based on her life long fascination with Richard Nixon.
Amy Caterina integrates fiber art, photography and video in her work. Her unique style of free-range knitting includes objects and environments that comment on the real and the artificial. Caterina also works as a freelance curator and is an avid yarn bomber. Amy resides in Santa Ana and holds a master's degree in photography with an emphasis in video from California State University Fullerton.
|Arts Happenings at the Great Park bring the community together to experience — and participate in — art in the Park. Programs are developed to cover a wide variety of media and interests, and include events developed in collaboration with Arts Orange County and our Artists-in-Residence. Check back soon for more information on upcoming Arts Happenings.