The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University will open five new exhibitions on Saturday, March 31, 2018, with an Opening Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The five exhibitions are:

SCENIC VIEW AHEAD: THE WESTWAYS COVER ART COLLECTION: Organized by the Hilbert Museum in cooperation with the the Automobile Club of Southern California, this exhibition captures the beauty of the American West in works painted by California's finest artists for the covers of AAA's beloved Western travel and lifestyle magazine, circa 1928 to 1981. 

MAGICAL VISIONS: THE ENCHANTED WORLDS OF EYVIND EARLE: The legendary Disney artist and concept designer of the classic Sleeping Beauty (1959) was also a gifted landscapist.  The Eyvind Earle Trust has gifted the Hilbert Museum with eight dazzling paintings by Earle, which debut here in this exhibition showcasing the master's Disney art and his mystical, stylized landscapes.  Curated by Ioan Szasz.

A NEW HOPE: The Star Wars Art of Robert BaileyLucasfilm artist Robert Bailey -- whose collectors include George Lucas, William Shatner and many other Hollywood greats -- creates realistic graphite-pencil drawings of favorite scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy.  Curated by Mary Platt.

SUNLIGHT AND SHADOW: A GIFT OF CALIFORNIA ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF JIM AND LYNNE DOTI:  Chapman University President Emeritus Jim Doti and his wife Dr. Lynne Doti, longtime collectors of California art, have donated 17 important paintings to the Hilbert Museum. This exhibition features a dozen of them, including works by Millard Sheets, Irv Wyner, Franz Bischoff and more. Curated by Mary Platt.

CHARACTER REFERENCES: THE ART OF THE ANIMATION DRAWING: A mini-exhibition focusing on the free-flowing character and conceptual pencil work of animation artists from the Disney Studios and Warner Bros.

Continuing at the Hilbert Museum will be the exhibition AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION: Children at Play (through July 14, 2018) and works from the Permanent Collection.

The Hilbert Museum is located at 167 N. Atchison Street in Orange, Calif.  The museum re-opens after exhibition installment on March 30-31 with two visitor preview days. The Opening Reception for the  new exhibitions will be Saturday, March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.  For the Opening Reception, the museum parking lot will be closed for catering (public parking is available in the structure at 230 N. Cypress St., about one block north of the museum).

The Hilbert Museum’s regular hours, which will resume on March 30, are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free, and there is limited free parking in front of the museum (with permit obtained inside).  Additional parking is available to the public on the top floor of the Chapman structure at 230 N. Cypress Street, about one block north of the museum.  More information: 714-516-5880 or www.hilbertmuseum.org.

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 ABOUT THE HILBERT MUSEUM

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, 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 and drawings 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.  The Collection also includes animation and movie art (many California fine artists were drawn to the state by work in the movie industry, including as animators, background painters, set and backdrop designers and poster artists) and works by noted American illustrators.    

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