Cypress College’s 110-acre campus features open spaces, beautifully landscaped grounds, and unique areas to relax, study, and visit. Below are some of the destinations our visitors enjoy most.
The pond — or, as it’s affectionately known, the duck pond — centers the campus and provides a popular outdoor space for students to study year round. The pond is also popular with campus visitors and photographers. It is an ideal space for open-air events and has even hosted weddings throughout the years.
With works donated to the college or on loan from the permanent collections of local museums, Cypress College features a strong art in public places program. Multiple sculptures — including a well-known Woods Davy piece — are mounted in the college’s main entry Gateway Plaza. This area also features a mural by the late Sergio O’Cadiz (see below).
The Cypress College Art Gallery, located adjacent to the theater in Gateway Plaza, features multiple exhibitions and events each year. presents both professional and student exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and visiting artists’ projects. Admission is free.
The Edouard de Merlier Photography Gallery, located just outside the Photography Department in Tech Ed 1, features an on-going series of exhibitions by students, faculty, and professionals. Admission is free.
Holocaust Survivor’s Photo Gallery
The Holocaust Survivors Photo Gallery is a tribute to the human spirit. Located in the second floor hallway of the Student Center, the gallery features photos taken by Photography Professor Clifford Lester, whose mother was a Holocaust survivor. Many of the images result from Professor Lester’s sabbatical work to document those who survived the Holocaust.
Cypress College’s 580-seat theater is one of the campus’ premier facilities. This grand space features multiple college performances in theater, dance, and music each semester. In addition, it is a popular rental facility for community groups.
Founding Cypress College President Dan Walker wanted a grand spire reminiscent of those at the world’s finest universities. The result is the campanile, which towers above the Student Center and Bookstore buildings — and is visible from the city streets surrounding Cypress College. Surrounded by a planter, the campanile today serves as a spot for students to gather, provides a backdrop for commencement, and often is adorned with colors to mark a holiday or to bring awareness (it turned blue for Autism Awareness month and pink for breast cancer awareness, for example).
Well-known journalist Gustavo Arellano calls Sergio O’Cadiz “El Artist” — the artist. O’Cadiz was a member of the original architectural team that designed and built Cypress College in the late 1960s. Completed in 1967, O’Cadiz’s acid-stained concrete mural graced the front of the then-Library Building. It was one of several works he completed in Orange County. Recently preserved as part of the campus 50th anniversary celebration, the Cypress College mural is one of a diminishing number of public works created by Mr. O’Cadiz.
The Charger Café features myriad menu options, including burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, drinks, and snacks.