Message from the Director
Welcome to UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA). We are so pleased you stopped by for a visit. On this site, you can learn about IMCA’s history and founding collections, what’s on view in our interim museum, how and where to visit us in-person or virtually, and any recent updates or news we have to share, plus information on past exhibitions and programs.
These are challenging times and we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. And we ask for patience and forbearance as we navigate these new circumstances together.
All of us at IMCA believe wholeheartedly that art museums can play a vital role in contemporary life. The museum we are building at UCI, both figuratively and physically, is designed to serve as a crossroads intersecting the campus, regional communities, and beyond. Our vision is to be a dynamic hub of learning, exchange, and inspiration—a place that nourishes the spirit, invites reflection, provides opportunities for dialogue, fosters empathy, advances social justice, and ultimately incites transformation. Our great fortune is to examine how artists respond to the experience of California in this laboratory of UCI known for inventive, experimental, research-based thinking, and learning. We welcome all of you to join us.
We are striving to shape our museum as both a catalyst and safe space for honest, compassionate, and equitable discourse as we work together to enlighten each other about the past, illuminate the present, and imagine our future as only artists can help us to do.
We look forward to seeing you soon!