The late philanthropist and businessman Henry Segerstrom had long envisioned a space that would bring together all the arts. He and his family donated money and land to build the world-class Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.
A performing arts center, a concert hall, 2 intimate performance venues, a live-theater complex, and an outdoor plaza (see “Meet the Neighbors”) already dot the sprawling Orange County campus. But Segerstrom himself always felt one component was missing: a visual-arts venue.
That changes in October, when the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) moves to its new and permanent home at Segerstrom. “It’s the last piece of the cultural puzzle,” says OCMA Director and CEO Heidi Zuckerman. “This was Henry Segerstrom’s dream.”
This permanent location has been a long time coming. The museum began as the Balboa Pavilion Gallery in 1962; 6 years later, it changed its name to the Newport Harbor Art Museum. In 1977, it relocated near Fashion Island in Newport Beach and, in 1997, was rebranded as the Orange County Museum of Art. Since 2018, the museum has been housed in a temporary space in South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana while awaiting the move to its new home.