Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

The CAC Gallery is a 3,000-sq.-ft. art gallery that anchors the entrance of the Contemporary Arts Center.

The art gallery presents professional exhibitions and serves as a vital artistic resource for our community.  In addition, it serves as the laboratory for students and faculty, a place to become immersed in the professional work of distinguished curators and artists and to welcome many of these as visiting artists.

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First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection

at the Institute and Museum for California Art

Art patrons and art lovers know the collection as “the best collection of California art that no one has ever seen.”

For more than twenty years, Newport Beach developer Gerald Buck engaged in an unexpected pastime: building an unparalleled collection of artworks in a wide variety of genres and media.

Initially collecting for pleasure, eventually Mr. Buck realized that he had in fact built something unique: more than thirty-two hundred works, most of which were bought, boxed, and stored away. Many of the works in the collection have not been seen since they were purchased and stored, though Mr. Buck lent works to exhibitions across Southern California. As an autodidact regarding artwork, Mr. Buck focused his attention on his own personal study of the works, the artists, the genres, and their cultural significance. Among his chief desires was that the works be studied and appreciated for their many values.

In order to fulfill that commitment, at his death in 2013 Gerald Buck passed the collection to UCI. We are indeed delighted that we have received this great opportunity. UCI will construct a fitting home for the Buck Collection (and others, centrally The Irvine Museum Collection, gifted to UCI in 2016). Over the next several years, UCI will build the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art, the focus for the exhibition of, and research on, California Art. But we are eager to introduce this great collection to the public. Toward this goal, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts will host the first public exhibition of selected works from the Buck Collection. An accompanying exhibition catalogue with essays by the exhibition curators, Cécile Whiting, Kevin Appel, and Stephen Barker, will be available late in the fall.

The exhibition, sponsored by the UCI Office of the Provost and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, will be a unique opportunity to see some of the finest art produced in California.

Stephen Barker
Executive Director, UCI IMCA

Learn more at imca.uci.edu


September 29 – January 5, 2019
Public Opening Reception: September 29, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

First Glimpse: Introducing The Buck Collection at the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art

Curated by Kevin Appel, Stephen Barker, Cécile Whiting

UCI proudly offers a First Glimpse of The Buck Collection, part of the emerging Institute and Museum for California Art. Acquired by Newport Beach developer and eclectic collector Gerald Buck, the 3,300 artworks by California artists span a broad range of genres and media. This exhibition, held at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, reveals just over fifty works of Abstract Classicism, Expressionism, Assemblage, California Funk, Light and Space, and those defying definition. The exhibition presents California as a crucible of creativity and its artists as pioneering new movements, altering historical courses, and following powerful individual vision.

DOCENT-LED TOURS
Thursdays, (Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13), 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays, (Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, Jan. 5), 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Take a deeper look at the exhibition on a gallery tour led by an Art History graduate student docent, who will discuss selected highlights in the context of the history of California art and the Buck Collection.
Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

AN ARTIST’S GLIMPSE
October 11, November 8, December 13, 6:00– 7:00 p.m.
Gain new insight into the exhibition and the history of California art with our series of special guest speakers.
Winifred Smith Hall

Support for this exhibition is provided through the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery and University Art Gallery
Free admission
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.
Holiday Closures: Holiday Closures: November 12 & 22, December 25, January 1
(949) 824-9854 | imca@uci.edu | imca.uci.edu

 



September 29 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, September 29 (All day) to January 5 (All day)
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Critical & Curatorial Studies MFA Thesis Exhibition

Curated by Corrie Siegel

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery

 

Critical & Curatorial Studies MFA Thesis Exhibition

Curatedy by Renee Reizman

Room Gallery

 

Critical & Curatorial Studies MFA 1st Year Exhibition

Curated by Aziz Sohail

Univeristy Art Gallery

 

January 19 - February 16, 2019

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 2019, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Free admission and open to the public.
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

 



January 19 - 2:00 pm to February 16 - 6:00 pm
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MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Part I

 

April 27 – May 11, 2019

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

Free admission and open to the public.
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.



April 27 - 12:00 pm to May 11 - 6:00 pm
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MFA Thesis Exhibitions, Part II

 

May 18 – June 1, 2019

Contemporary Arts Center Gallery, University Art Gallery, Room Gallery

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m..

 

Free admission and open to the public.
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.



May 18 - 12:00 pm to June 1 - 6:00 pm
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Student Exhibitions

Spring Quarter

 

June 6 – 14, 2019

Opening Receptions: Thursday, June 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Exhibition

University Art Gallery & Room Gallery

 

All exhibitions are free admission and open to the public.

 

Presented by the Department of Art at the

University Art Galleries
712 Arts Plaza | Irvine, CA 92697 | uag.arts.uci.edu
Gallery Hours | Tuesday - Saturday | 12–6 p.m.

 



June 6 - 12:00 pm to June 14 - 6:00 pm
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