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Welcome to OCCCA (Orange County Center for Contemporary Art), where artists are invited to explore their practice as
research, fostering ideas, exhibitions, and projects. As a think-tank for contemporary art, OCCCA honors the alternative
space movement while supporting new generations of artists. With cutting-edge exhibitions, performances, and a
commitment to artistic experimentation, OCCCA infuses art into everyday life, inspiring critical dialogue and global
engagement. Join us and experience the transformative power of contemporary art

Our Story

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit corporation operating as an artist-run, uncensored, community gallery since its inception in 1980.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art


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 continues to function as a nurturing cultural venue for emerging and mid-career OCCCA Artist members from the Orange County area and regional Southern California. In addition to members work, OCCCA strives to exhibit a variety of artists’ work in all media and career levels from emerging through established late career artists. OCCCA Artist 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, and facilities maintenance.

In its 44-year History, with a artist membership roster limited to 37 through its current by-laws, OCCCA has exhibited over 1,000 guest artists and held numerous solo, group and juried exhibitions that showcased more than 6,000 participants. OCCCA Artist members have shown in more than 600 one-person exhibitions and 300 group exhibitions. In addition, the organization has a long tradition of mounting non-member exhibitions and performance projects, including inviting outside curators to organize exhibitions.


At the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), our mission is to inspire artistic exploration, foster creative freedom, and create a vibrant space where artists and communities can thrive. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, OCCCA is dedicated to pursuing professional excellence while championing freedom of expression in the arts.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

A Non-Profit California Corporation

Since its inception in 1980, OCCCA has provided 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, 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 the Santa Ana Artists Village, OCCCA presents a creative variety of programs: films, forums, concerts, workshops, classes and first Saturday artist receptions.


Friends of OCCCA


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