The Guggenheim Gallery is housed in Moulton Center, near Waltmar Theatre, at the corner of Palm and Center, and was built in 1975 with a gift from Robert and Shirley Guggenheim. It sponsors an annual schedule of exhibitions by professional artists, students and community arts organizations. As part of the regular programming, the Guggenheim Gallery is proud to host a variety of collaborations with area institutions including: Confronting Nature: Silenced Voices with Cal State Fullerton, Art and Architecture with ten Southern California museums and galleries, and the 1994 Orange County Olympic Arts Festival. Solo exhibitions by internationally known California artists such as Manuel Ocampo and Tim Hawkinson alternate with group exhibitions organized around themes which have included death and dying, sex and humor, the Vietnam war, public art, and religion. Chapman students mount group exhibitions each semester and are required to show their work individually as juniors and seniors. When classes are not in session, the gallery also hosts community arts organizations such as So. Cal. Artists, the Orange Unified School District, the Orange Art Association, and the Orange PTA sponsor exhibitions. University organizations also hold receptions in the gallery.
Guggenheim Gallery Mission Statement
The department of art will provide provocative exhibitions and educational programming that provide a local connection to the national and international dialogue about contemporary art and provide a framework for an interchange between artists, scholars, students and the community at large. While the exhibitions feature contemporary art, they often address other disciplines and societal issues in general. Integrated into the curriculum, these programs contribute significantly to the Chapman education.