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.

The Irvine Museum Collection consists of over 1300 works of California Impressionism and plein air painting. The collection chronicles the history of California’s environment from the early nineteenth century to the present day. It consists of seminal works by California artists including William Ritschel, William Wendt, Anna Hills, Franz Bischoff, Alson Clark, Frank Cuprien, Arthur Mathews, Granville Redmond, Guy Rose, Donna Schuster, and many others.

The Irvine Museum was founded in 1992 by Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke, Joan Irvine Smith, and James Irvine Swinden to promote appreciation for California’s art and natural landscape. The Irvine Museum Collection was gifted to UCI in 2016.


Edgar Payne, Sentinels of the Coast, 1921, oil on canvas, 28 x 34 in., The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine

Helen Lundeberg, Plant and Animal Analogies, 1934-35, oil on Celotex, The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art, © September 10, 2018 The Feitelson/Lundeberg Art Foundation

Julie Morrow, In the Mission Garden, San Juan Capistrano, ca. 1928, oil on canvas, The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine