The Buck Collection consists of approximately 3,200 works of California art in a range of genres and mediums from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. This eclectic group of works allows for a comprehensive exploration of the development of over a century of California art. The collection contains artworks by Richard Diebenkorn, Peter Alexander, Sam Francis, Ruth Asawa, Bruce Conner, Roger Kuntz, Carlos Almaraz, David Park, Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Wonner, Helen Lundeberg, DeWain Valentine and others drawn from California schools of abstraction, assemblage, minimalism, and other genres.
The Buck Collection was amassed by Laguna Beach developer Gerald Buck beginning in the 1980s. Buck’s daughter, Christina, stewarded the gift of the collection to UCI after her father’s passing.