In 2016, The Irvine Museum generously donated a collection of plein air and California Impressionist art to UC Irvine in advance of the university building a new museum and institute focused on California art. After this donation, The Irvine Museum no longer had a need for its physical gallery space on Von Karman Avenue. Until a new museum building is constructed on campus, IMCA operates out of this space.
In 2017, UC Irvine was gifted The Buck Collection from the trust of Gerald Buck. This collection focuses primarily on Post-War contemporary art. Together, The Irvine Museum Collection and The Buck Collection form the heart of UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA). IMCA is also actively acquiring new artworks to augment these collections and will continue to do so in the future.
In 2018, IMCA renovated the space on Von Karman Avenue in order to properly care for the artworks on view, create a studio for educational activities, and provide expanded wall space for exhibiting art.
IMCA is currently undergoing a planning process to answer these questions and more. The website will be updated as decisions are made and further information becomes publicly available.
IMCA has a significant collection of California art ranging from 19th-century California Impressionism and plein air to Post-War contemporary. In the current, interim museum location on Von Karman Avenue IMCA features a changing rotation of exhibitions that include works from our permanent collection, as well as those on loan from other institutions and collections.
The permanent collection is currently not available to view on the website, but IMCA is actively working to create online collections for exhibitions and permanent holdings in the future.
Please visit the Past Exhibitions section of this website for more information about IMCA exhibitions since 2017.
To request permissions and obtain an image of a work or installation images from IMCA’s permanent collection, please contact Amy Lim, Assistant Director, Registration and Collections Management, using the contact form.
IMCA cannot grant permission or supply images for works from other collections or institutions.
If you are an artist, or an artist's representative, and wish to receive documentation of your work at IMCA for archival purposes, please contact Dawn Minegar, Assistant Museum Registrar, using the contact form.
IMCA gratefully accepts donations online, by phone, or mail.
Checks sent by mail should be payable to "UCI IMCA." Please designate the purpose of your gift on the check memo line or in a note and mail to Institute and Museum of California Art, UC Irvine, Irvine, 92697-1000.
To provide credit card information by phone, please contact the Advancement office at 949-824-1429.
For questions or further information, contact Jamie Bigman at email@example.com or 949-824-1429.
IMCA gratefully accepts offers of artworks and related materials that align with our collecting interests and policies. All prospective acquisitions must be reviewed by curatorial and collections staff before they are acquired into the collection.
For more information about donating works, please contact Julianne Gavino, Assistant Curator, using the contact form and indicate if you intend to offer the work for sale or as a gift. Please also include object information (artist, title, work date, process, dimensions, edition number, insurance value.)
Please note that we do not accept unsolicited deliveries of artworks to the museum.
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works guides collectors on how to find and choose qualified conservators in their particular area of the country.
IMCA does not provide authentications or appraisals concerning works of art. However, the organizations and resources below may help you find an appropriate appraiser or assist you with your questions regarding value, authentication, or provenance.
American Society of Appraisers
P.O. Box 17625
Washington, D.C., 20041
Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
212 West 35th Street
11th Floor South, New York, NY 10001
(212) 889-5404 x10 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935
New York, NY 10110
International Society of Appraisers
316 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009