The mission of the Beall Center is to support research, exhibitions, and public programs that explore new relationships between the arts, sciences, and engineering, and to promote new forms of creation and expression using digital technologies. The Beall Center aspires to redefine the museum/gallery experience by formulating answers to the questions of how technology can be used effectively to create new forms of interdisciplinary art, in addition to connecting artists with audiences.
Located in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, The Beall Center for Art + Technology was founded in 2000 in honor of Don and Joan Beall. Since 1988, Don has been an influential business leader as the Chairman of the Board of Rockwell Corporation. Together, and he and his wife Joan have been advocates, leaders, and supporters of the arts in Southern California for many years. Upon his retirement, the Rockwell Corporation wanted to honor the Bealls' contributions to the community, and simultaneously highlight the three principal aspects of their shared life: business, engineering, and the arts. The concept for the Beall Center for Art + Technology was derived from these interests, and has continued to evolve based on the Bealls’ vision for the intersectionality between the arts, sciences, and technology. The Beall Center for Art + Technology received its initial support from the Rockwell Corporation. Today, major support is generously provided by the Beall Family Foundation.
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