Palm Court Arts Complex

The Palm Court Arts Complex is home to the Great Park Gallery and the Great Park Artist 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.

Great Park Gallery

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

CURRENT EXHIBITION 

PAINTING IN THE ABSTRACT: WOMEN INSPIRED BY THE MASTERS

Walt and the Flying Bull

Sept. 3–Nov. 12
Exhibition Opening: Sunday, Sept. 3, 1-3 p.m.

Since the rise of Western abstract painting in the mid-20th century to the development of today’s contemporary art, female abstract artists have often been overlooked. In collaboration with curator Suzanne Walsh, Painting in the Abstract: Women Inspired by the Masters explores the impact and diversity of women in the Southern California art scene while showcasing how they are challenging the medium and echoing the legacies of the mid-century female masters.

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

EUREKA: A CALIFORNIA DESIGN STORY WITH THE HOODS AND FRIENDS

Dec. 3, 2017–Feb. 11, 2018
Exhibition Opening: Sunday, Dec. 3, 1–3 p.m.

Graphic design surrounds us: ads, posters, packaging, magazines, signage, graphs – it’s an intrinsic part of remembering the past, informing the present, and selling the future. Graphic Design reflects, impacts and even changes cultures and societies across the globe. California is no different. Eureka: A California Design Story with The Hoods and Friends honors graphic design movements from the Gold Rush to the present, while chronicling both historic and obscure moments from California’s history.

GOLDEN PARKS: HUELL HOWSER

March 4–May 13, 2018 Exhibition Opening: Sunday, March 4, 1–3 p.m.

The legacy left behind by the late TV legend Huell Howser will continue to educate generations on the history and beauty of the Golden State. Tour the diverse climates and communities of California through Golden Parks: Huell Howser. This exhibition highlights the Golden Parks that Huell Howser documented throughout his career and emphasizes the importance of their role in cultivating healthy communities. In partnership with Chapman University Leatherby Libraries, home of the Huell Howser Archives.

CLIFF CRAMP: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

June 3–Aug. 19, 2018 Exhibition Opening: Sunday, June 3, 1–3 p.m.

Artist Cliff Cramp has created illustrations for Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Nickelodeon and Penguin Random House, among many others. Cliff Cramp: Art & Entertainment offers a brief examination of the artist’s work in both traditional and digital media and highlights the work of California State University, Fullerton alumni who studied under him during his tenure as a professor of illustration.

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.

Great Park Artist Studios

Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free admission

Common Walls

Common Walls

Common Walls is a shared space for community groups to curate collaborative art installations.

September–November 2017
Coastline College

December 2017–February 2018
Saddleback College

March–May 2018
Irvine Valley College