The Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation is an art center located on the 50-acre rural homestead of Swiss-American Surrealist Kurt Seligmann (1900-1962) and his wife Arlette (Wildenstein Paraf) Seligmann (1906-1992). The Seligmann Center is committed to celebrating the artistic and intellectual legacy of Kurt Seligmann, honoring the history of its site, and presenting contemporary work by emerging and established artists.

Founded in 2010 by the Orange County Citizens Foundation and a group of artists, the Seligmann Center offers rotating exhibitions, workshops, and performances that interpret surrealism, trace its origins, and explore its contemporary resonance.

The Seligmann Center honors the Seligmanns’ legacy and welcomes the new, presenting contemporary work that enriches, challenges, and connects.

Learn more about Kurt Seligmann by downloading The Life and Work of Kurt Seligmann by Stephen Robeson Miller.



The mission of the Seligmann Center at the Orange County Citizens Foundation is to create and maintain a place to honor the life, work, and concerns of Kurt and Arlette Seligmann, explore the history of Surrealism, and present contemporary arts and community programs in the Seligmanns’ spirit.