Millard Sheets, “San Dimas Train Station,” 1933.  Watercolor, 15 x 22 in..jpg
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Millard Sheets, “San Dimas Train Station,” 1933.  Watercolor, 15 x 22 in..jpg

THE HILBERT MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART


at Chapman University

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THE HILBERT MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART


at Chapman University

 
 

Telling the story of the Golden State through the power of the visual image

Opening to the public on February 26-27, 2016, the Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University was established thanks to the generosity of Mark and Janet Hilbert, whose superlative collection focuses on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s and beyond. The Hilbert Collection – which includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State – is a significant repository of 20th-century representational art by California artists.

 
 
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Grand Opening


February 26 and 27, 2016

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Grand Opening


February 26 and 27, 2016

Grand Opening and Open House – for the Chapman University community and the public

Friday, February 26, noon to 5 p.m.

Chapman University’s new Hilbert Museum of California Art throws open its doors for the first time, with a two-day Grand Opening and Open House for the campus community and the public. (Shuttle buses will operate today from the State of the University Address in Memorial Hall to the Museum, which is located just across from Ruby’s and the train station.) This is the only museum in the nation to showcase the work of the California artists who visually captured the history and culture of the Golden State, from the 1920s to the present day. Come and explore the Hilbert Museum’s first exhibition, showcasing a colorful survey of California Scene painting and featuring acclaimed artists Emil Kosa Jr., Lee Blair, Mary Blair, Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Fletcher Martin, Rex Brandt, Phil Paradise, Milford Zornes and many more. Experts will be on hand to provide fascinating background on the works. Refreshments generously provided by Ruby’s.

Grand Opening and Open House – for the OC arts community and the public

Saturday, February 27, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Chapman University’s new Hilbert Museum of California Art continues its two-day Grand Opening and Open House with an evening event welcoming the arts community and the public. Come and discover the fascinating world of California Scene painting, a genre which explores the beauty of the Golden State while also showing the history of California’s people from the 1920s to today: towns and cities, farms and ranches, marinas, factories, train stations, parks, freeways and the lure of the open road. Come and explore the Hilbert Museum’s first exhibition, showcasing a colorful survey of California Scene painting and featuring acclaimed artists Emil Kosa Jr., Lee Blair, Mary Blair, Millard Sheets, Phil Dike, Fletcher Martin, Rex Brandt, Phil Paradise, Milford Zornes and many more. Experts will be on hand to talk about the works. Refreshments generously provided by Ruby’s Streamliner Café.

(Note: BOTH of these events are free and open to the public – the Friday open house is in the daytime, and the Saturday event is in the evening. Please join us on whichever date fits your schedule! Free parking during the opening events only will be in the Chapman structure on Cypress Street next to the Digital Media Arts Building, across from the parking lot of Marion Knott Studios.)