• "Near Modesto" painting by Emil Kosa Jr. at Chapman's Hilbert Museum.
    Emil Kosa Jr., Near Modesto. Oil on board, 1940.
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» The Hilbert Museum of California Art

The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University 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, sketches and lithographs 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.

For more detailed information, please visit our museum website.

(Pictured above: Emil Kosa Jr., Near Modesto. Oil on board, 1940, Mark and Janet Hilbert Collection.)

+ - Visit the Museum

167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866

Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Train Station

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

TEL: 714-516-5880

EMAIL: hilbertmuseum@chapman.edu

Directions:

From the North:

-Take 5 Freeway SOUTH

-Exit onto 22 Freeway EAST, Orange

-Take 22 Freeway EAST to Glassell St. Exit

-Exit on Glassell St., turn NORTH (left off the freeway exit ramp)

-Take Glassell St. NORTH to Chapman Avenue WEST (3rd exit off traffic circle)

-Take Chapman Avenue WEST to Atchison Street (right turn just before the railroad tracks)

-You’ll see Ruby’s Diner on your left. The Hilbert Museum is directly across Atchison from Ruby’s, on the right.

-Park in front of the Museum. Parking is free, but you must pick up a University parking pass inside the Museum and place it on your dashboard.

 

From the South:

-Take 5 Freeway NORTH

-Exit onto 55 Freeway NORTH

-Take 55 Freeway NORTH to Chapman Avenue Orange

-Turn WEST on Chapman Avenue (right off the freeway exit ramp)

-Take Chapman Avenue WEST to traffic circle (Glassell St.)

-Exit the second exit of the traffic circle (which will continue your drive on Chapman Avenue WEST)

-Take Chapman Avenue WEST to Atchison Street (right turn just before the railroad tracks)

-You’ll see Ruby’s Diner on your left. The Hilbert Museum is directly across Atchison from Ruby’s, on the right.

-Park in front of the Museum. Parking is free, but you must pick up a University parking pass inside the Museum and place it on your dashboard.

+ - The Collection

The California Scene movement is a visual journey through California history: the transformation of California from a wild, untamed Western landscape of rolling hills and vast empty coastlines into an urban industrial panorama, dotted with skyscrapers and New Deal mural projects, and finally into its modern economy based on entertainment, agriculture, international trade, Silicon Valley industries and tourism. California Scene painting, spanning the 20th century, has always been about depicting and embracing new developments in culture and lifestyle. Today, it affirms an emotional connection between the California landscape and its inhabitants, as it tells the stories of everyday people in a changing world.

+ - Spring 2018 Exhibits

On display through October 13th 2018 

“Scenic View Ahead: The Westways Cover Art Collection”

Organized by the Hilbert Museum of California Art in cooperation with the Automobile Club of Southern California. Capturing the beauty of the scenic American West, this is an exhibition of works painted for the covers of AAA’s beloved Western travel magazine by many of California’s greatest artists. 

“Magical Visions: The Enchanted Worlds of Eyvind Earle”

The legendary Disney artist and concept designer of the animated Sleeping Beauty movie was also a gifted landscapist. This exhibition displays both his Disney art and his beautiful, stylized landscapes. 

“A New Hope: The Star Wars Art of Robert Bailey”

(in the Motion Picture Arts gallery) Lucasfilm artist Robert Bailey creates realistic graphite-pencil drawings of favorite scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy.

“Sunlight and Shadow: A Gift from the California Art Collection of Jim and Lynne Doti” 

And also ~ 

“Character References: The Art of the Animation Drawing”

A mini-exhibition focusing on the free-flowing pencil work of animation artists from Disney and other studios.

“American Illustration: Children at Play”

 


The Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University, which opened in 2016, was established thanks to the generosity of Mark and Janet Hilbert. The Hilbert’s superlative collection focuses on California narrative art of the 20th and 21st Century, with a particular focus on the “California Scene” painting movement of roughly the 1920s through the 1970s. The Hilbert Collection includes oils, watercolors, sketches and lithographs of rural and urban scenes, coastal views, farms, ranches, freeways and landscapes of everyday life in the Golden State; American illustration art; and movie production and animation art.

Located across the street from the Orange Metrolink Station at

167 N. Atchison Street, Orange, CA, 92866 in Old Towne Orange

hilbertmuseum.com

Open Tues-Sat 11am to 5pm *FREE ADMISSION* (714) 516-5880

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