With the acquisition of the Irvine Museum Collection of California Impressionism and plein air paintings in 2016 and the arrival of The Buck Collection in 2017, University of California, Irvine became home to a significant collection of California art. UCI has founded the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art  (UCI IMCA), with plans to construct a new building on campus to display and host research on California art.

The UCI IMCA will be comprised of a museum housing a collection of California art in every genre and medium and a research institute engaged in collections research and interdisciplinary projects in partnership with scholars from all of UCI’s academic units and the broader art world.

Through a program of exhibitions and publications, research, seminars and conferences, lectures, tours, and educational outreach, the UCI IMCA strives to expand our understanding of California art, its social and cultural framework, and its role in the creative evolution of society and aesthetics in the United States and worldwide.

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Granville Redmond, California Landscape with Flowers, ca. 1931, oil on canvas, The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine