Spanning a myriad of mediums ― from painting and sculpture to video installations and other digital media ― works emerging from these galleries have one thing in common: a desire to communicate their creators’ messages to the viewer. Embark on an exploration of the rich cultural landscape in Orange County with these five top art galleries in Anaheim and the surrounding area.
MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center
241 South Anaheim Boulevard • Anaheim
This state-of-the-art engaging museum hosts three national and international traveling exhibits each year, including its current exhibit, Deconstructing Liberty: A Destiny Manifested. Through performance, installation, video, and photography, artists question ideas traditionally associated with American liberty as they resonate in forms of collective identity across the globe. MUZEO's 25,000-square-foot complex also includes Anaheim’s original Carnegie Library built in 1908.
Grand Central Arts Center
125 North Broadway • Santa Ana
Born from a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and the city of Santa Ana, Grand Central Arts Center is a sprawling complex that serves as a mixed-use creative hub. Four to six exhibitions are held annually in the Grand Central Arts Gallery, project room and teaching gallery. The diverse range of contemporary works—from sound installations and video presentations to paintings—prompts viewers to reflect on their sense of identity, community, and culture.
Magoski Arts Colony
223 West Santa Fe Avenue • Fullerton
Downtown Fullerton’s creative hot spot is a collective of galleries and artist studios that open their doors to the public the first Friday of each month for the city’s art walk. Every first Friday at the Magoski Arts Colony is an adventure that introduces visitors to the incredible talents of lesser-known local artists as well as thought-provoking works curated at gallery spaces such as Hibbleton.
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore Street • Santa Ana
With a focus on social engagement, the nonprofit arts center features a gallery space in the heart of Downtown Santa Ana’s Artists’ Village. Juried exhibitions give a voice to causes and groups that hope to create waves of impact through art, no matter the medium. In addition to rotating works, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art also presents regular programming such as films, concerts, plays, and workshops.
250 East Center Street • Anaheim
A central location at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center places Center Gallery in the thick of the city’s vibrant arts district. A rotating gallery features the work of artists who hail from Anaheim and the surrounding SoCal region, providing a place for these talented individuals to showcase pieces for six to eight weeks.