Field Notes

Orange County Great Park

Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA is part of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Today, you can visit it for art and history exhibitions. This historic hanger holds a permanent collection of Marine and Home Front history. They have oral history listening stations with interviews conducted by CSUF’s Center for Oral and Public History and University of California, Irvine.

Visit the Palm Court Arts Complex webpage for more information. Here is the current exhibition schedule:

Great Park Gallery

Thursdays & Fridays: noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free Admission


Huell Howser, Photo Courtesy Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries Special Collections & Archives



March 4–May 13, 2018
Exhibition Opening: Sunday, March 4, 1–3 p.m.

“The legacy left behind by the late TV legend Huell Howser will continue to educate generations on the history and beauty of the Golden State. Tour the diverse climates and communities of California through Golden Parks: Huell Howser. This exhibition highlights the Golden Parks that Huell Howser documented throughout his career and emphasizes the importance of their role in cultivating healthy communities. In partnership with Chapman University Leatherby Libraries, home of the Huell Howser Archives.”


June 3–Aug. 19, 2018
Exhibition Opening: Sunday, June 3, 1–3 p.m.

“Artist Cliff Cramp has created illustrations for Dark Horse Comics, Lucasfilm, Nickelodeon and Penguin Random House, among many others. Cliff Cramp: Art & Entertainment offers a brief examination of the artist’s work in both traditional and digital media and highlights the work of California State University, Fullerton alumni who studied under him during his tenure as a professor of illustration.”

Orange County Art Book Collection

“The Orange County Art Book Collection is a curated library of books documenting the history of Orange County art and exhibitions.”

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