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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. 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.

Yesterday’s Future

Exhibition: June 6-September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 7, 1-3 p.m.

Yesterday’s Future is a contemporary exhibition that considers the future of innovation and design while celebrating the past. Using the influence of William L. Pereira and his modernist master plans for the City of Irvine and University of California, Irvine, the exhibition features artists Jonathan Anderson, Deborah Aschheim, Ed Bopp, Bryan Cantley, Jennifer Celio and Betsy Lin Seder.

About William Pereira

William Pereira was a visionary architect who helped shape mid-century Modernist architecture in California and beyond. At the time of his death in 1985, Pereira was credited with more than 400 projects, including the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, the Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego and the Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

About the Guest Curator

Grace Kook-Anderson is a curator of contemporary art. At Laguna Art Museum, she worked with Lita Albuquerque on a site-specific commission for the museum’s second Art & Nature event and curated Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964–1971, in conjunction with the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.

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

Image: Multiplicity Machines, Bryan Cantley, 2014


Bold and Independent
UC Irvine’s 50th Anniversary Exhibition

Exhibition: October 9, 2015-January 17, 2016

Beginning with architect William Pereira’s visionary master plan to transform a ranch into a world-renowned university, the story of UC Irvine is rooted in a vision of possibilities. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is a leading research institution preparing for the next half-century. The City of Irvine joins the celebration through an exhibition that highlights UCI’s development and significance.

Opportunity to also visit U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015
October 8–11 and October 15–18, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

During Solar Decathlon, the public is directed to the Great Park off I-5 at Jeffrey Road, where signs will guide drivers to the entrance on Trabuco Road. Parking is $10 during Solar Decathlon.

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

Image: The Science Lecture Hall (now Schneiderman Lecture Hall) seats 350. A lecture adjourns and students walk across central campus toward the Commons (now Gateway Study Center) and Library-Administration (now Langson Library), May 1966. Image courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries.


The Living Room

The Living Room is a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists, set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor.

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

Image: The Living Room, Megan Clarke, 2015


Orange County
Art Book Collection

The Orange County Art Book Collection is a curated library of books documenting the history of Orange County art and exhibitions.

The Orange County Art Book Collection was made possible by generous contributions from Andrea Harris McGee, Dana Jazayeri, Grand Central Art Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, Jane Bauman, Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and The Irvine Museum.

The collection also features highlights from the Orange County Zine Library & Reading Room curated by L.A. Zine Fest in collaboration with popular zine festivals in Brooklyn, Houston, Scranton, and San Francisco.

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.
Free admission

Image: Orange County Art Book Collection, Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2014


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.

Yesterday’s Future: Lecture Series

In conjunction with the Yesterday’s Future exhibition, the Yesterday’s Future Lecture Series explores mapping, spatial design, architecture, urbanism and cultivating a sense of place in a community through conversations with guest artists, architects and historians.

Saturday, September 19, 1-3 p.m., Great Park Artists Studios

Alan Hess, Architect and Historian
Alan Hess has written 19 books on modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-20th century. He is currently researching the architecture of Irvine, California, one of the nation’s largest master-planned communities of the 1960s and 1970s. Free admission.

Image: Surface Bores, Bryan Cantley, 2013


The Living Room Talks

The Living Room is a community gathering place for engaging and intimate conversations with local artists, set among a collection of nostalgic mural art and décor.

Sunday, September 6, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery
Tom Dowling, Artist

Tom Dowling has been exhibiting artwork for more than 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California at Irvine. Many prestigious collections in the United States and Europe include his artworks, notably the Orange County Museum of Art, and the Laguna Art Museum. Tom maintains a studio in Costa Mesa, California, and he exhibits frequently in galleries and museums. Tom has taught extensively throughout California as well as overseas. He is currently a professor of painting and drawing at Orange Coast College.

Sunday, October 4, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery
Jennie Cotterill, Artist

Jennie Cotterill is an artist and musician based in Southern California.  After leaving the midwest in 2001, she received a BFA and MFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach.   Focusing on themes of personal identity and misinterpreted scientific theory, her work is influenced by swap meets, medical models, cartoons, and religious iconography.  Jennie has developed a vastly diverse professional artistic resume and continues to seek out unfamiliar territory.  She has worked in television, apparel, animation, community outreach and education.

Sunday, November 1, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery
Laura Uglean Jackson and Christine Kim, Archivists

Laura Uglean Jackson is archivist for university archives at the University of California, Irvine, a position held since June 2014. Here, she is responsible for acquiring and processing the historical records of the university. Prior to this, she was associate archivist at the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center, where she was university archivist and processing archivist. She holds an MLIS from Simmons College and a BA in Art History from Colorado State University.

Christine Kim is the public services assistant at the UC Irvine Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. She is responsible for facilitating researchers with archival and special collections materials, and finds pure delight in sharing the resources uniquely available at UC Irvine. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in both History and Film & Media Studies from UC Irvine.

Sunday, December 6, 1-2 p.m., Great Park Gallery
Kevin Kwan Loucks, Musician

A Korean-American and graduate of The Juilliard School, Kevin Kwan Loucks holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University where he served as head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and teaching assistant for both the Emerson String Quartet and the Graduate Chamber Music Program. He is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music | OC, one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country, and is a member of the award-winning ensemble Trio Céleste.

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

Image: The Living Room, Jennie Cotterill and Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2013


The Art Lab: Creation Stations

Play, create, and explore at our self-directed Creativity Stations. These hands-on activities emphasize divergent thinking, problem solving skills, and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Great Park Artists Studios Hours
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Image: The Art Lab, Megan Clarke, 2015


OC Writers: Read & Critique

The OC Writers: Read and Critique gathering is dedicated to providing writers with space and time to write, learn and network.

First Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Great Park Gallery

Writers should bring their own manuscripts-in-progress to work on in this welcoming and supportive environment, which includes electrical outlets and wifi for laptop and tablet users. Each gathering will include time for writers to meet and talk with other writers, as well as ask questions pertaining to the writing and publishing field. Hosted by DeAnna Cameron.

Image: Read & Critique, Yvegeniya Mikhailik, 2014


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.

Engineering & Invention

Have you ever wanted to dream up new inventions and figure out how to turn them into reality? Learn all about the engineering design process while sketching, building and testing your own prototypes for towers, cars, catapults and more! Ages 8-12.

Sa  Sep 5–26  10am–12pm  OCGP  $75  #158716


Meditation, Mindfulness & Art

Through daily mindfulness practice, learn to let go of your own doubts, self-sabotage and insecurities that prevent you from pursuing your artistic dreams and finishing creative projects. Inst: Yumi Sakagawa. Ages 16+.

Su  Sep 13  1pm–4pm OCGP  $39  #158710


Telling Stories through Panels: A Comic Storytelling Workshop

Learn how to effectively tell compelling stories through the medium of comics by focusing on how narratives are conveyed through panels. Participants will be introduced to basic comic storytelling theory and learn how to create their own short comic stories. Inst: Yumi Sakagawa. Ages 16+.

Su  Sep 20  1pm–4pm OCGP  $39  #158711


How to Create & Publish Your Original Graphic Novel

How does one create and publish a graphic novel? Comic book artist Yumi Sakugawa will present students a step-by-step guide to creating a full-length graphic novel from initial brainstorming, to writing and drawing, and to getting published. Ages 16+.

Su  Sep 27  1pm–4pm OCGP  $39  #158712


stARTer kits: Roadtrip Nation

What started in 2001 as a post-college roadtrip in a bright green RV has spread into a nation-wide movement to support, empower and encourage young adults to define their own roads in life. Roadtrip Nation encourages people to actively participate in defining their futures by hearing stories from inspiring community leaders who have created their own untraditional careers. Registered participant receives a copy of The Roadmap: The Get-It Together Guide for Figuring Out What To Do With Your Life. Teens free with registered adult. Ages 14+.

Sa  Nov 7  1pm–4pm OCGP  $59  #158708


History & Practice: Art through the Years

Take a trip through history with artist Amy Caterina as she shares the impacts of collages, photography and fiber on modern trends in design. Create compelling pieces using conventional methods from past eras. Ages 16+.

Collage & Design Su  Nov 8  1pm–4pm  OCGP $39  #158713

Fiber Art & Unconventional Materials Su  Nov 15  1pm–4pm  OCGP $39  #158799

Photography & Film Su  Nov 22  1pm–4pm  OCGP $39  #158800


Engineering & Invention for Teens

Explore design and engineering concepts by engaging in ‘reverse-engineering’—taking apart equipment to learn how it works, then building it back up into something new! Ages 12-17.

Sa  Nov 14–Dec 5  10am–12pm  OCGP  $75  #158717


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.

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