UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA)
With the acquisition of The Irvine Museum Collection in 2016 and the addition of The Buck Collection in 2017, the University of California, Irvine has become home to a significant collection of California art. To bring these collections together, the University founded the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) in 2018, with plans to construct a new museum facility on campus within the next few years.
An on-campus museum realizes the original vision for the University of California’s expansion into Irvine in the early 1960s. Architect William Pereira (1909-85), known for his distinctive modernist designs in the California Brutalist style seen throughout the two concentric rings that define the campus, included a museum among the main buildings.
IMCA is delighted to bring this earlier vision to life through a new museum and research institute. The museum will serve as an epicenter for California art and artists and engage diverse publics through innovative exhibitions and programs. The research institute will support collection research and advance interdisciplinary scholarship and learning opportunities for UCI students, faculty and visiting scholars and researchers.
Through a robust offering of exhibitions and publications, research, seminars and conferences, lectures and artist talks, tours, and educational outreach, IMCA strives to expand our understanding of California’s artistic past and present, its distinctive social and cultural framework, and its contribution to shaping and challenging the art historical canon.