The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is a visual arts museum currently located in Newport Beach. The museum's collection comprises more than 3,000 objects, with a concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century to present. Exhibits include traditional paintings, sculptures and photography, as well as new media in the form of video, digital and installation art. In addition to its contributions to the field of contemporary art, the museum has also organized and hosted exhibitions of modern art and design.
A 1.64-acre parcel of land on part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts campus was given to the Orange County Museum of Art in 2008; groundbreaking has not begun yet. The new facility will be wholly owned and operated by the Orange County Museum of Art as an autonomous organization within Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The future OCMA site, planned for 2018, will be located in Costa Mesa adjacent to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with extensive frontage along Avenue of the Arts, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
OCMA presents critically acclaimed exhibitions such as Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterpieces from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Mary Heilmann: To Be Someone, Birth of the Cool: Art Design, and Culture at Midcentury. The museum’s art exhibitions attract more than 40,000 visitors annually. OCMA's collection includes nearly 2,500 art objects that focus on original artwork made in California from the early 20th century to the present. Approximately 15,000 children and adults also participate in award-winning education programs.
Exhibits at OCMA include traditional paintings, sculptures and photography as well as new media in the form of video, digital and installation art. Each month the museum hosts events such as special activities for children, Thursday evening lectures and artists' talks. In 1984, the museum launched its California Biennial, which focuses on emerging artists in the state.
The Segerstrom Foundation and City of Newport Beach Arts Commission provide support and funding for Free Fridays, where activities and exhibits at OCMA are open to the general public.