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Palm Court Arts Complex

Palm Court Arts Complex

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.

Hero Exhibition in the Great Park Gallery

Inspired by everyday heroes, such as parents, teachers, firefighters, policemen, as well as servicemen and women, the Great Park Gallery’s latest engaging exhibition Hero opens on Sunday, January 5, 2014.

The exhibition celebrates the iconic creative world of Japanese Anime and Manga. Anime are Japanese animated productions featuring hand-drawn or computer animation.  Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese artists in the Japanese language, conforming to a visual and story-telling style developed in the late 19th century.

Hero showcases the art of Anime and Manga across a variety of mediums, including digital arts, sculpt modeling, 3D design and printing technologies, as well as traditional mediums such as acrylics and ink.

As a tribute to the kid in all of us, a diverse group of innovative artists from film, television, video games, and publishing have been selected to honor legendary Japanese artists and their heroes.

Artists include:  Patrick Ballesteros, Eric Browning, Claire Chen, Jose Emroca Flores, Rafael Grassetti, Ryan Hall, Peter Han, Felix Ip, Jin Yung Kim, Luke Mancini, Kimie Kim Mizutani, Eddie Nunez, Angel Palacios, Thomas N. Perkins IV, Mai Van, and Dave Wilkins

The Hero exhibition runs from Sunday, January 5 through Friday, June 13, 2014. Admission is free.

Exhibition Reception
Sunday, January 5, 10 a.m. –2 p.m.
With a special live mural painting by Peter Han.

Great Park Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Image caption:
Illustration: Ultraman, 2013 by Peter Han.


The Living Room Talks

April 6, May 4 and June 1, 2014

Join us in The Living Room, a new exhibition at the Great Park Gallery that provides a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor. Expect collaboration and inspiration as The Living Room hosts a variety of guest speakers on the first Sunday of the month beginning April 6. Artisans, entrepreneurs, raconteurs, and the like will all be invited to visit this creative house and talk shop, swap stories, and detail their creative journeys from inception to reception.

Exhibition décor, curated by Suzanne Walsh, features the work of Orange County artists Ed Bopp, Chantal deFelice, Tom Dowling, David Michael Lee, Diana Markessinis, Hiromi Takizawa, and Elijah Wooldridge as well as a whimsical mural and art by Jennie Cotterill and Yevgeniya Mikhailik.

Artwork credit: The Living Room, 2013 by Jennie Cotterill and Yevgeniya Mikhailik

The Living Room Talks Schedule (Click on listings for more on speakers)

Sunday, April 6, 1 – 2 p.m.


  • Patrick Ballesteros
  • Thomas N. Perkins IV

Sunday, May 4, 1 – 2 p.m.


  • Bianca Barragan
  • Yumi Sakugawa

Sunday, June 1, 1 – 2 p.m.


  • Jane Bauman
  • David Michael Lee

Zine Library and Reading Room

The Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room is an exhibition curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco. The library features more than 200 zines from across the country.

A zine is a small circulation, self-published work of original and/or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via Do-It-Yourself culture and tools including a photocopier, printing press, or just paper and pen. Artists often use zines to share their own work, thoughts, and ideas with their peers.

Great Park Gallery Hours

Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. –4 p.m.

Admission is free.

Find out more by visiting our upcoming events page, signing up for email updates (on the right), or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Artists Studios Hosts Makers Depot

Great Park Artists Studios Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Park Artists Studios have been transformed into an engaging Makers Depot exhibition that showcases how the revolution of 3D design and 3D printing is dramatically changing the way things are being designed and made in a variety of industries, including transportation, medicine and lighting.

The goal of the Makers Depot is to inspire, engage and guide the next generation to design and build new products; become the artists, inventors, and makers of tomorrow, with the know-how and skills needed to create an economically and ecologically sustainable future.

Makers Depot will be open through March 30, 2014.

Admission and parking are free.

The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project
The Legacy Project is dedicated to documenting and interpreting the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, simultaneously honoring the history of the site and celebrating its transformation into the Orange County Great Park. This group of six photographers, assisted by legions of students and friends, have created over 200,000 images of El Toro in addition to shooting several videos. Their most notable work is the world’s largest photograph, The Great Picture, a 32-by-111-foot image of El Toro created in a former F-18 hangar.
Photo: Detail from Nature Prevails ©Mark Chamberlain

Check out some of the Great Park’s past Artists-in-Residence:


Jennifer Backhaus - October 2012 through March 2013

Andre Woodward - May - October 2012

Deborah Aschheim - November 2011 through May 2012

Amy Caterina - October 2011 through May 2012

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.

Need more info? Contact the Visitors Center at (866) 829-3829 (toll-free) or send an email.