Orange County Museum of Art

2 Rendering of Of many waters… on OCMA’s forthcoming Sculpture Terrace to open to the public in October 2022, Image credit Morphos

The new home for the Orange County Museum of Art is a masterpiece in its own right.

ABOUTpening to the public this October 8, the new Orange County Museum of Art is bringing tasteful galleries and noteworthy traveling exhibitions to Costa Mesa. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studiothe new home for the Orange County Museum of Art is a work of art, inside and out.

Since 1962, the Orange County Museum of Art, along with its predecessor institution — the Newport Harbor Art Museum — has enriched Southern California with traveling exhibitions of 20th and 21st Century art, and a breathtaking collection of more than 4,500 works, focusing on artists from California. Now, three years after breaking ground on the it’s new permanent location, the Orange County Museum of Art is ready to engage the public through educational art experiences.

The museum exterior is wrapped with a distinctive façade of wave-like terracotta panels that extend inside, beckoning lovers of fine art to enter. Double the size of the museum’s former home in Newport Beachthe newly designed 53,000 square foot building provides an immersive artistic experience like no other, thanks to its central location, expanded gallery space and inviting public areas.

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Since 1962, the OCMA, along with its predecessor institution — the Newport Harbor Art Museum — has enriched Southern California with traveling exhibitions of 20th and 21st Century art, and a breathtaking collection of more than 4,500 works, focusing on artists from California. Now, three years after breaking ground on the it’s new permanent location, the Orange County Museum of Art is ready to engage the public through educational art experiences.

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The OCMA will have 25,000 square feet dedicated to galleries, where noteworthy collections and traveling art exhibitions will be featured. A sculptural wing hovering over the lobby atrium will be home to a 10,000 square foot education center, which can be configured as a black-box theater or a light-filled studio. Large public stairs and a spacious roof terrace will connect Orange County Museum of Art to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Julia and George Argyros Plaza.

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A week prior to the official grand opening, on October 1st, a sold-out black tie gala will celebrate the new museum. The OCMA will have a members-only preview week from October 4-7, and on the grand opening day on October 8, the museum will offer 24-hour free admission, so that visitors can experience the inaugural contemporary art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, workshops and more.

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