I am thrilled to announce a new exciting partnership between the University of California, Irvine and The Irvine Museum.  On October 20, 2016, The Irvine Museum Collection was incorporated into the broader UCI Art Collection.  Be assured that our mission and our goals which we have pursued for the past twenty-four years will remain unchanged.  Jean Stern who has been executive director of the museum since its founding in 1992, will remain in his position.  We will continue to have three noteworthy exhibitions per year and we will remain dedicated to displaying and documenting the absolute best of California Impressionism.  The new affiliation with UCI will allow The Irvine Museum Collection to be part of a larger institution that will display other instrumental works of art in thematic and historical exhibitions to reach a wider audience and better serve the community.

As a result of this partnership, the university will obtain possession of The Irvine Museum Collection and supervise management of the facility and staff.  Planning is currently underway to construct a world-class museum on the UCI campus.  At the current time, The Irvine Museum will continue to hold exhibitions at our existing location (18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92612).  Tours and exhibitions at The Irvine Museum will remain free and open to the public with no disruption in service.

With this new association with UCI and as the university begins to expand its influence in the fine arts, Irvine will become a cultural destination for California art, and The Irvine Museum Collection will remain a central feature.  I look forward to your ongoing support and patronage as we join forces with the university to introduce this expanded resource to our community.


James Irvine Swinden
The Irvine Museum

The Historical Collections Council

The mission of the Historical Collections Council is to promote and develop an appreciation of historical California art.  Founded in 1985, the HCC, a California nonprofit organization, provides an ongoing opportunity for its members to learn about the art of early California.  Members visit important art collections, both public and private, attend educational lectures and enjoy social events with fellow art lovers. 

Membership dues go to support educational activities at the Irvine Museum and to other public institutions that support our mission.  In addition, the HCC has provided grants to those institutions with a variety of needs, such as the underwriting of catalogues, the purchase of early California paintings, art conservation and direct contributions to help fund exhibitions.  At the Irvine Museum, the HCC funds the busing program to bring school children to the museum.  Other benefactors of grants are the Laguna Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Oceanside Museum, the Crocker Museum, and the Santa Monica Historical Society, just to name a few.

The HCC has as its Advisor, Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum.  His expertise is well known and his contribution to the HCC is invaluable.  Members have many opportunities to learn from Mr. Stern as they view collections or attend presentations on California paintings.  Click here to learn more about Mr. Stern. The association of Jean Stern and the Irvine museum with our Organization is a great benefit to our members.

This website is intended to be a resource for both HCC members and non-members.  Please check out the Calendar of Events, Recommended Reading section, the Featured Art & Artist, or consider becoming a Member and complete the New Member form.