News / Chapman University
May 03, 2016
An article in Coast Magazine by Alice Short. Mark and Janet Hilbert began collecting art to cover blank walls. Now their collection populates a museum. Consider the dilemma of two art collectors who have quietly cultivated their passion over the last two decades: Their interest is piqued after a chance encounter with a handful of watercolors in a consignment shop. They buy one and, on their next visit, another, fueling their infatuation with California Scene painting. Soon they are immersed in a world of discovery, appraisal and acquisition. As the years go by, they discover their enthusiasm for this style of...
Mar 07, 2016
Los Angeles Times, by Richard Chang. A former industrial building and storage facility used by Chapman University has been transformed into a 6,000-square-foot museum — the nation's only institution dedicated to the display of California Scene painting and California representational art. Nearly 2,000 people attended the Feb. 26 and 27 grand opening in Old Towne Orange of the Hilbert Museum of California Art, the latest addition to Chapman University and to the Orange County arts scene. Chapman's first art museum came together relatively quickly. The private university and Newport Beach couple Mark and Jan Hilbert announced its formation in November...
May 04, 2015
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, LEATHERBY LIBRARIES "Changing California: Selected watercolors from the Mark and Janet Hilbert Collection of California Art at Chapman University"On exhibit now through August 10, 2015What is California Scene Painting? California Scene painting (c. 1920s - present) flowed from the California Impressionism movement that flourished in the early years of the 20th century, but it differs from that style in some significant ways. First -- in contrast to the Impressionists, who painted scenes of the unpopulated California coastline, mountains and wilderness -- the California Scene painters always included evidence of mankind in their works. Their art reveals signs of humanity...