Engage with the ideas and methods that OCMA artists explore in their work through our program archive and upcoming offerings.
OCMA's mission is to enrich the lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art. The museum is currently realizing its vision to build a destination museum at Segerstrom Center for the Arts that is locally relevant and internationally significant.
Since its founding in 1962, OCMA has been a leader in Southern California in presenting and preserving the art of our time. With a renowned collection of 4,500 objects, an ambitious exhibition program, and impactful educational offerings, OCMA is recognized as one of the finest mid-sized museums in the United States.
When 13 visionary women came together in 1962 to open the museum—then called the Balboa Pavilion Gallery—they shared a powerful conviction that Orange County needed a venue where important art could be enjoyed. From the seed of this idea, a small art gallery became the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1968 and the Orange County Museum of Art in 1997. As OCMA’s collections, exhibitions, and programs have grown, so has its reputation of investing in promising artists and helping shape art history.
OCMA is in the midst of its final stage of evolution—relocating to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. In 2018, OCMA sold its longtime home in Newport Beach and moved to a temporary site in Santa Ana, OCMAExpand, where it currently operates while building its permanent home.
Craig W. Wells, President
Ellen R. Marshall, Vice President
Annette Wiley, Secretary & Chair, Building
J. Steven Roush, Treasurer
Dr. James B. Pick, Chair, Collections
Debra Gunn Downing
David Emmes II*
Robin J. Kalota
Lisa Bhathal Merage
Jennifer Van Bergh
Chris Van Dusen
*Executive committee member
Frances A. Bass
Joan F. Beall, Chair Emeritus
Donald L. Bren
Harry G. Bubb
Gilbert E. LeVasseur, Jr.
Thomas H. Nielsen, Chair Emeritus
Thomas B. Rogers
Judge James V. Selna, Chair Emeritus
Timothy W. Weiss
Designed by Polymode and Happening Studio, this website features a dynamic design that reflects the light and space of Southern California. The colored hues of the site shift throughout the day based on the current time in Orange County. The OCMA collection features strong representation of California art and the Light and Space movement. The typeface, designed by Jaimey Shapey, was inspired by analog methods of artmaking, such as etching and expressionist painting.
The current time in Orange County is 2:20 am.