The changing exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art are a highlight of a trip and one of the strengths of the organization. Critically acclaimed exhibits such as Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, attract more than 40,000 visitors to the Museum each year.
Organizing exhibitions that are not only locally relevant but internationally significant, as well, the Museum has been a leader in the art space. This includes regional surveys that began with art only in California, but that has grown and expanded to include art of the Pacific Rim. The impact of the Museum expands beyond the borders of California, with more than 30 of its exhibitions going on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Cultivating art in the community is about more than just collections and exhibitions. The Museum strives to draw people in through an array of events and programs designed to engage the public with the art in a variety of different ways.Cinema Orange, for example, is a partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival, which showcases monthly movie screenings, often featuring independent films.
OCMA also creates and presents interesting evenings that incorporate art and food with conversations from artists and curators, creating a complete evening of culture. The Museum periodically offers free days, creating opportunities for everyone to participate in art and enjoy the exhibitions at the Museum. Other events have included trivia evenings, live performances, the annual fundraising gala, and more.
Education is a significant part of the work of the Orange County Museum of Art. The Museum's school tours draw more than 15,000 students of all ages each year to view the Museum's collections and exhibitions. Of these, nearly 6,500 are students from the Orange County School District. In order to make the art of the institution available to all, the Museum provides free admission and transportation to schools that would not otherwise be able to afford to visit, demonstrating the Museum's commitment to art education for all.
Offering tours and visits specifically targeted to different age groups, from elementary school children through to adults, the tours often include video screenings, art activities, in addition to guided tours and art conversations. Tours can be docent led, self-guided or custom created in order to maximize a visit to the museum.