OCCCA is a space that invites artists to think about their practice as research and to develop ideas, exhibitions and projects. It is a space conducive to self-organized initiatives and the sharing of artistic resources.
OCCCA recognizes the importance of social engagement, global networking, intellectual exchange, information sharing, critical dialogue and collaboration.
OCCCA recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation.
OCCCA serves artists through exhibitions, publicity and publications.
OCCCA is committed to honoring the legacy of the alternative space movement by continuing the tradition with new generations of artists.
OCCCA emphasizes the work itself, what John Cage called, “the quality of encounter.”
OCCCA presents cutting-edge art within a forward-thinking intellectual framework.
OCCCA’s ambitious program of events weaves contemporary art into the fabric of everyday life.
The Orange County Center for Contemporary
Art (OCCCA) is a 501c(3) non-profit California corporation dedicated
to the pursuit of professional excellence and freedom of expression in
Since it's inception in 1980, It provides
emerging and established member and guest artists a forum to explore
and develop ideas in contemporary art in an atmosphere that promotes
experimentation and risk-taking, but without the specter of censorship.
In addition, OCCCA develops and actively
participates in public educational, outreach and community art services.
Located in the heart of Santa Ana's Artist
Village, OCCCA presents a variety of programs: films, forums, concerts, workshops, classes and first Saturday artist
Orange County Center for Contemporary
Art is a corporation operating
as an Affiliate-run, uncensored, community gallery since its inception
OCCCA began through the vision of its five
founding members, Richard Aaron, Robert Cunningham, Suvan Geer, Alhena
Scott, and Carol Stella. The inaugural exhibition, in September of 1980,
featured Slator Barron, George Herms, and Dustin Shuler.
OCCCA has continued to function as a nurturing
showplace for emerging and mid career member artists from the Orange
County area. In addition to members work, OCCCA strives to exhibit
a variety of artists work from all media and career levels from
emerging through established late career artists. Affiliate members participate
in all aspects of professional art practice, including design and installation
of exhibitions, public relations/publicity, curatorial, accounting, grant
and proposal writing, gallery sitting, facilities maintenance, etc.
In its 30 year history, with a membership roster limited to 40 through
its current by-laws, OCCCA has exhibited over 800 guest artists and held
numerous solo, group and juried shows that have showcased more than 6,000
Affiliate members have shown in more than 600 one-person
shows and 300 group exhibitions. In addition, the organization has a
long tradition of mounting non-member exhibition and performance projects,
and inviting outside curators to organize shows.
OCCCA exhibitions have consistently received
overwhelmingly positive media attention in regional newspapers, including
the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, OC Weekly, Riverside
Press-Enterprise, art-related publications, and radio and cable and network
Over the years, the scope of OCCCA's programming has expanded to include
collaborative and exchange projects with other venues throughout the
United States and overseas. With the generous assistance and support
of the City of Santa Ana, OCCCA was granted title and moved to its current
6,300 square-foot facility. Ownership and member management and control
of our gallery makes OCCCA unique in the world of non-profit arts organizations.
In the past six years OCCCA has extended
its international reach. The new facility has enabled the planning of
more ambitious large-scale projects most notably those in the new media
All of this is done in the spirit of voluntarism. This is a pure grassroots organization that works on the passion and creativity of its members, who are artists themselves. Therefore by being a member you are an active participate in its vision and future. We are not beholden to anyone but our standards and community.
35th Year Anniversary
30th Year Anniversary
25th Year Anniversary
20th Year Retrospective
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Don Cribb, Arts Advocate
David Michael Lee, Coastline Art Gallery, Director/Curator
Joella March, Arts Educator, Owner, Art of Daybreak
Diana Giovinazzo Tierney, Paralegal
Jonathon Webb, President of Affordable Housing Access
Kevin Wilkeson, Principal, HMC architects