Irvine Arts and Culture
Arts and culture are alive and well in Irvine and the center of it all is The Barclay Theatre. This state-of-the-art performance facility is the place to see everything including musical performances, Broadway-style theatre, ballet, cabaret, and more.
The Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine is the only venue dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period.
The Irvine Fine Arts Center features a combination of art classes, open studio programs, events and exhibitions for all ages in fully equipped art studios. With a variety of art classes and seasonal workshops in all mediums including cooking, ceramics, clay, photography, printmaking, and more — many of which are one-time events — this is an affordable and convenient option for Irvine visitors of all ages.
The Beall Center for Art + Technology is a high-tech art venue highlighting new relationships between the arts, sciences, and engineering via digital technologies.
The Great Park Gallery at Orange County Great Park is a renovated aviation building at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Base, which offers free admission to a wide variety of rotating artist exhibits.
Irvine Insider Tip
If you are arriving at John Wayne Airport, take a peek at Orange County's artistic side with the wonderful “Flight of Ideas” sculpture above the baggage carousels in Terminal C. Composed of 21 aluminum birds with wingspans ranging in size from three to 14 feet, the installation is 100 feet long and crafted from aluminum and polycarbonate Plexiglas.