Viewpoint Gallery

In keeping with the spirit of Chancellor Gillman’s Illuminations program, an enduring commitment to making “the arts a deeper and more pervasive part of the student experience,” the Crystal Cove Auditorium lobby has undergone a transformation into a gallery for traveling art exhibits.

Exhibit Your Art

Exhibitors interested in displaying artwork in the Viewpoint Gallery may fill out this form. Email the form to or submit the printed form to the Student Center & Event Services administrative office during business hours.


Email Amy Schulz for more information.


The rate covers the use of the exhibit space and one hour of labor to setup the artwork. Additional fees may apply.

  Registered Campus Organizations & Campus Departments Off Campus Guests
1 – 7 days $250 $500
8 – 14 days $300 $600
15 – 21 days $350 $700

Custom Hanging Hardware Services

Our professional team can custom create hanging mechanisms for art pieces if there are none, or are not compatible with the existing mechanism in the gallery. Hooks can be installed at a rate of $50/hour, typically not to exceed $1,000 for a full exhibit. The team will require at least five days lead time to evaluate the needs. Please inquire with your event planner for more details.

Past Exhibits

  Date Exhibit
Neuralscapes October 16 – November 1, 2017


Artist: Arnold Starr, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the UCI Department of Neurology

I am a neurologist/neuroscientist (Professor of Neurology/Neurobiology at University of California Irvine) and an artist. I began painting while in medical school to help understand the structures being studied. As a neurologist I became especially interested in individuals with disordered sensation and cognition and their consequences for “perception”. The act of “seeing” requires complex interactions between sensory inputs and our expectations. I use watercolors favoring vivid hues to reflect scenes of nature, water, and nerve cells. I want the viewer to think while looking and the process of “seeing” may often be accompanied by an unconcious smile.

About the Exhibit

Focus Iran 2 September 16 – October 13, 2017

Focus Iran 2

The second biennial juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video works relating to Iranian culture or heritage. The exhibition features an international selection of emerging and mid-career artists from around the world who offer diverse perspectives of contemporary Iranian life. The group exhibition features thirty-six photographs and eight video works.

About the Exhibit Jordan Center for Persian Studies at UCI

Through Refugee Eyes May 8 – 12, 2017

Through Refugee Eyes

What are the underlying causes of the refugee crises? What are the challenges refugees face in camps, and what are their long-term aspirations? More importantly, what steps can we take in our local community to address these crises? Explore these questions and more as we seek to gain perspective and understanding “Through Refugee Eyes.”

Hearts of Mercy at UCI

AHUA Under the Scope April 11 – 14, 2017

Art History Undergraduate Association (AHUA) 5th Annual Art Show
Under the Scope

The mission of the Art History Undergraduate Association is to encourage undergraduates to pursue shared interests and passions for art by connecting them to a network of faculty, alumni, and students.

Art History Undergraduate Association

Plastic Ocean Art Exhibit January 12 – February 13, 2017

Plastic Ocean Art Exhibit

The project is bringing awareness about the growing pandemic of marine plastics across the country by turning it into art and leaving it on display at public venues.

Water UCI UCI Oceans Initiative

War Diaries November 9 – 29, 2016

War Diaries

When the invasion began in 2003, Lt. Tim McLaughlin commanded a Marine Corps tank into Iraq. Writer Peter Maass and photographer Gary Knight drove rental cars. This project is the result of their paths crossing in the Iraqi desert-turned-warzone. Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq features McLaughlin’s remarkable war diaries along with photographs by Knight and texts by Maass. The exhibit also features a video installation using news footage from 2003 to enhance the atmosphere of the invasion era.

Humanities Commons Documenting War UCI Illuminations

Music in Motion October 12 – 20, 2016

Music in Motion

A public art installation developed in collaboration with Pacific Symphony, and featuring contributions from faculty and students in the Dance, Music and Drama departments, Music in Motion is a live online “video booth” designed for community locations.

UCI Illuminations

Views of Crystal Cove May 11 – 28, 2016

Views of Crystal Cove

Student photography exhibit of Crystal Cove State Park, which encompasses 3.2 miles of Pacific coastline, inland canyons and the Crystal Cove Historic District with its colony of beach houses and ties to the early days of the California film industry. Whether their recollections are of mountain biking on the park’s inland trails, scuba diving offshore, or a romantic stroll at sundown, the park has become a favorite retreat for many UCI students.

UCI Illuminations

Transcending Limitations May 2 – 5, 2016

Transcending Limitations

Works by artists from the UCI community. By encouraging the expression of individual limitations through art, the Art History Undergraduate Association hopes to explore the way that students, faculty, and alumni choose to express, conceal, and identify aspects of limitations in their lives.

UCI Illuminations AHUA

Viewpoint Gallery - California Modern Irvine Style April 18 – 25, 2016

California Modern, Irvine Style

Examines the history of UCI’s master plan and the city of Irvine in relation to American modernism and higher education and early 1960s Utopianism. The aim is to define Pereira’s legacy and influence on contemporary developments in campus architecture and urbanism. Curated by Kevin Staniec, City of Irvine.

UCI Illuminations

Microscopy Photo Exhibit April 1 – 14, 2016

Microscopy Photo Exhibit

Biological research involves sophisticated microscopy of biological specimens. The resulting images are beautiful and often illuminating as they reveal the typically unseen structure of the natural world. Featured photographs of biological specimens captured by UCI undergraduate students.

UCI Illuminations

Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories March 7 – 30, 2016

Vietnamese Focus: Generations of Stories

Showcases the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, the largest outside of Vietnam. Includes interactive features, photographs, documents, artifacts, ephemera, artwork, and oral histories from private collections, the Vietnamese American Oral History Project, and the Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA) at the UCI Libraries. The showing is informed by a new book, Vietnamese in Orange County by Thuy Vo Dang, Linda Trinh Vo, and Tram Le. Featured in the exhibition are original artwork by Trinh Mai.

UCI Illuminations Vietnamese American Oral History Project Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center Trinh Mai

Mission Viejo Bears About Town October 19 – November 6, 2015

Mission Viejo Bears About Town

Commemorating the magnificent brown bears that once roamed the area, and the unique culture heritage of Mission Viejo. Designed to celebrate the bond between the original and various ethnic groups comprising our community, the nine-bear collection represents a family knitting together the unique and rich cultural heritage and legacy upon which the City of Mission Viejo was founded.

Blood in the Water September 18 – October 9, 2015

Blood in the Water: Remembering Katrina

Exhibit of photographs taken shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coasts and the city of New Orleans.

UCI Illuminations

Music in Motion

Photo courtesy of the Pacific Symphony

May 11 – 14, 2015

Music in Motion

Interactive dance project by UCI dance and media arts professor John Crawford.

UCI Illuminations

Light: Beyond the Bulb May 1 – 6, 2015

Light: Beyond the Bulb

An open-source international exhibition program that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across the electromagnetic spectrum, across scientific disciplines, and across technological platforms.

UCI Illuminations Light: Beyond the Bulb Exhibit Photonics@UCI

Altered Perceptions April 16 – 17, 2015

Altered Perceptions

Art meets science in this 3rd annual exhibit organized by UCI’s Art History Undergraduate Association. The diversity of academic interests across the UC Irvine campus and the synergy of art and science inspired this year’s theme.

UCI Illuminations