The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine was founded in 1993 by the philanthropist and arts patron Joan Irvine Smith. The Museum stewards a notable display of California regional art.
Dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist Period (1890-1930), the museum's collection focuses on the artists who were inspired by the environment that originally made California a "Golden Land". The collection includes works of art by painters like Joseph Kleitsch, William Wendt, Jessie Botke, Guy Rose, Granville Redmond, and Donna Schuster. While many of these artists were prominent cosmopolitan figures in the art world, trained in Europe or New York, they came to California to live and paint, attracted by the state’s beautiful scenic views and extraordinary light effects.
Whether you go or not, the museum guide, Selections from the Irvine Museum, includes a survey of the collection.