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Anton Segerstrom, Craig Wells, Annette Wiley, Mayor Katrina Foley, Thom Mayne, Mark Perry, Carlos Gonzalez, and Todd D. Smith at the Orange County Museum of Art groundbreaking ceremony. Courtesy of OCMA.

Orange County Museum of Art Breaks Ground on New Building

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) broke ground on the museum’s new building at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. The institution has raised $47 million of the $73 million needed for construction costs, which is 65 percent of its campaign goal. Designed by Morphosis, the architecture firm founded by the Pritzker Prize–winner Thom Mayne, the new 53,000-square-foot facility is projected to open in 2021.

“We are so incredibly grateful to our donors for allowing us to take this important step towards realizing a new home for the Orange County Museum of Art at Segerstrom Center for the Arts,” said museum director and CEO Todd D. Smith. “The breathtaking design by Morphosis will undoubtedly support our mission of enriching the lives of a diverse and changing community through innovative and thought-provoking presentations of modern and contemporary art.”

The museum’s new home will boast of 25,000 square feet of exhibition space—approximately double the size of the galleries in its former location in Newport Beach—a flexible main floor, a roof terrace equivalent to 70 percent of the building’s footprint, and a grand staircase connecting the venue to the Julia and George Argyros Plaza and the adjacent performing arts venues. It will also feature 10,000 square feet of dedicated space for education programs, performances, and public gatherings, and will include administrative offices, a gift shop, and a café.

While construction is underway, the institution will hold its third season of programming at its temporary space at the South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana. Among the highlights from the season are the opening of six new exhibitions of work by artists from the Pacific Rim, including Carolina Caycedo, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Mulyana, and Yang Yongliang.

Rendering of the new Orange County Museum of Art. Courtesy of Morphosis Architects.