CSUF Grand Central Art Center

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GCAC is approximately one mile from the Santa Ana freeway (Interstate-5), approximately twenty-five miles south of Los Angeles and seventy miles north of San Diego. Grand Central Art Center is the result of a unique partnership between the California State University at Fullerton and the City of Santa Ana. Located ten miles south of the main campus in the heart of downtown Santa Ana, the art center is a mixed residential, commercial and educational complex. The art center is a 45,000 square-foot, full city-block long and half-city block deep, three-level structure that houses: live/studio spaces for visual arts graduate students, the Grand Central Main Gallery, Project Room, Education/Teaching Gallery, Grand Central Theater, Gypsy Den Café, Hipcooks, Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute, MASKA, classrooms, and a studio and living space dedicated to the center’s international artist-in-residence program. Santa Ana community activist and visionary Don Cribb and Cal State Fullerton Gallery Director Mike McGee originally conceived the Grand Central Art Center in 1994, as the anchor and catalyst for a ten-square block area in the heart of downtown designated as the Artists Village. The subsequent success of the Artists Village has helped spawn a cultural and economic renewal. The City of Santa Ana purchased and refurbised what was the Grand Central Building—originally built in 1924, the building served as the central market for Orange County up until the 1940s. LA-based architect Steven Ehrlich did the original design for the remodel; Orange County-based Robbins, Jorgensen and Christopher was the executive architectural firm. The project has won numerous architectural awards. Twenty-seven apartments are available for students who have been accepted into the university MA or MFA visual and performing arts programs. Students live and work at Grand Central. Each resident who rents an apartment is assigned a studio and parking at the twenty-four-hour-guarded parking structure on 3rd Street. One of the residential apartments is reserved for the art center’s artist-in-residence program. In addition, an 800-square-foot private studio space is designated for the artist-in-residence. The Grand Central Art Gallery, Project Room and Education/Teaching Gallery feature exhibitions and projects by internationally noted artists. GCAC presents four to six exhibitions a year in each space. The Theater is centrally located in the building. It is configured in-the-round and seats an audience of eighty-five. CSUF’s Theatre and Dance Department schedule the space through their nationally recognized programs.

Mission: A unit of California State University, Fullerton – College of the Arts, Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) is dedicated to the open exploration of contemporary art and visual culture: locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through socially engaged collaborations among artists, students, and the community.

Thank You, Susan Gill Vardon, for the great article in today's newspaper on The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. proje...
04/30/2020
Artist’s singing telegram revival brings people together amid coronavirus separations

Thank You, Susan Gill Vardon, for the great article in today's newspaper on The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. project with artist Pablo Helguera! Thank You as well to Margaret Fogarty of Western Union for all your support! The project is an artist-in-residence project of CSUF Grand Central Art Center. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/04/29/artists-singing-telegram-revival-brings-people-together-amid-coronavirus-separations/

Pablo Helguera has discovered a way to connect people in the isolation of the coronavirus era. And it involves something as simple as a song. Taking a tip from what Western Union did in 1933 to che…

Chief Telegraphist Pablo Helguera delivering sing telegrams for The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. through May 28th!
04/25/2020

Chief Telegraphist Pablo Helguera delivering sing telegrams for The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. through May 28th!

Thank you to Nadia Benavides Méndez for interviewing artist Pablo Helguera about his current project as artist-in-reside...
04/22/2020
Telegramas cantados contra el coronavirus: un proyecto de Pablo Helguera

Thank you to Nadia Benavides Méndez for interviewing artist Pablo Helguera about his current project as artist-in-residence with CSUF Grand Central Art Center! https://revistacodigo.com/arte/telegramas-pablo-helguera/?fbclid=IwAR1DuVmI-d4jQ7jXz0ZXshA5-1endE60XhZH2BXTpHL7RuWwVrt-aU2g5Qw

Platicamos con el artista Pablo Helguera sobre su nuevo proyecto The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. que conecta a personas con sus seres queridos.

CSUF Grand Central Art Center's cover photo
04/15/2020

CSUF Grand Central Art Center's cover photo

The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. is Now Open!  Order your FREE singing telegram today, our Chief Telegraphist Pabl...
04/10/2020
Coronavirus quarantine inspires artist Pablo Helguera's project: singing telegrams

The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co. is Now Open!

Order your FREE singing telegram today, our Chief Telegraphist Pablo Helguera is ready to deliver.

THEY LOVE US!

Read a Los Angeles Times review of our service by Jessica Gelt.

Details on how to order your singing telegram can found in the LA Times article

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-04-09/pablo-helguera-coronavirus-singing-telegrams-grand-central-art-center?_amp=true

How do you bring people together when social distancing forces them apart? Pablo Helguera and Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana have a way, and it's free.

03/14/2020

UPDATE!

Dear Grand Central Art Center Community,

After attending a meeting this afternoon on CSUF’s main campus, new protocols put in place require Grand Central Art Center to close to the public through at least April 1st. We will keep you posted with updates as information becomes available.

In the meantime, GCAC's team is working hard toward the development of new strategies to engage outward during this time. Be on the lookout for an announcement soon from GCAC!

Stay safe, healthy and strong,

John D. Spiak
Director / Chief Curator

03/12/2020

Dear Grand Central Art Center Community,

The safety and well being of our CSUF Grand Central Art Center students, staff, collaborators, artists-in-residence, and community is of the utmost importance to us. We know many of you have been following the news closely and are concerned about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in your community; we empathize with and share your concerns.

In light of recent State and Cal State Fullerton protocols regarding public gatherings, we wanted to inform our community that Grand Central Art Center is canceling all of our First Saturday Art Walk activities, opening receptions, lectures, and public programs for the Spring 2020 semester. Our galleries will remain open for casual visits. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

On behalf of CSUF Grand Central Art Center, we thank you for your continued support. We will be in touch as pertinent information becomes available.

Sincerely,

John D. Spiak
Director / Chief Curator

03/07/2020
Thank you to OC Art Blog for the kind review of our current CSUF Grand Central Art Center exhibition with artist Flavia ...
03/03/2020

Thank you to OC Art Blog for the kind review of our current CSUF Grand Central Art Center exhibition with artist Flavia D'Urso!

Check out the latest Blog post by new OC Art Blogger Farris Ramadan on the fascinating exhibition by Flavia D’Urso at CSUF Grand Central Art Center.

"...Each piece by D’Urso is meant to assert itself by demanding the right to exist as it is to each viewer that looks upon them. This is much like the struggle that many find themselves in today, not only trying to accept themselves, but to be accepted and respected by our larger culture..."

http://www.ocartblog.com/2020/03/examining-expectations-with-flavia-durso-at-grand-central/

Thank you to Christopher Knight and the Los Angeles Times for the generous mention of Yumi Janairo Roth’s Spin (After So...
02/15/2020
Review: Frieze? Please. Try the upstart Felix art fair at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Thank you to Christopher Knight and the Los Angeles Times for the generous mention of Yumi Janairo Roth’s Spin (After Sol LeWitt) on the streets around the Frieze Art Fair, a GCAC artist-in-residence project in research and development phase. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-02-14/felix-art-fair-hollywood-roosevelt

If Frieze Los Angeles is the shark, the Felix art fair is a pilot fish. Our critic dives in and finds the waters pretty fun.

02/12/2020
SIGNS of LIFE (with Justin Brown)

Make sure to check out spinners Justin Brown, Evan James, and Joey Castanon, all from AArrow Sign Spinners/ AArrow Los Angeles, in action performing artist Yumi Janairo Roth's "Spin (After Sol LeWitt)" around the streets of the Frieze Art Fair tomorrow and Friday. A supported project in development through the artist-in-residence program of CSUF Grand Central Art Center. Here is a little video of Justin in action... https://vimeo.com/90051966

SIGNS of LIFE I won’t ever forget the first time I saw Justin Brown. Heather and I had moved to Los Angeles in February of 2011. I was trying to make…

Remembering John | Beyond Rebels
01/17/2020
Remembering John | Beyond Rebels

Remembering John | Beyond Rebels

By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp John Baldessari stayed present until the beginning of the new decade. He was 88 when he died at his Santa Monica home on January 2,

JUST ARRIVED! CSUF Grand Central Art Center  (GCAC), a unit of Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts, and X Artists' B...
01/09/2020

JUST ARRIVED! CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), a unit of Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts, and X Artists' Books, a small press focusing on artists' books and collaborations, are pleased to announce the publication of Regionalia, the first significant monograph of the work of Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz).

Regionalia, a bilingual catalogue, documents the research, projects, and culminating exhibition generated during Cognate Collective's artist residency at GCAC. The 128-page catalogue includes an additional 32-page insert drawn from public conversations that took place throughout the exhibition. Designed by Stephen Serrato of Ella, the publication contains texts by Cognate Collective, Christian Zúñiga, a dialogue between the artists and Karen Stocker, and foreword by John D. Spiak.

A celebration to mark the publication of Regionalia will be held at Grand Central Art
Center in Santa Ana, CA, co-hosted by X Artists' Books, on the evening of February 1, 2020, from 6-7 pm.

Thank You, Textura for highlighting our Vireo CD/DVD release in your Tops of 2019 list! “On logistical grounds alone, th...
12/18/2019
textura

Thank You, Textura for highlighting our Vireo CD/DVD release in your Tops of 2019 list! “On logistical grounds alone, the achievement is staggering … Yet however grandiose the project might sound on paper, the two-and-a-half-hour production possesses the intimate character of a chamber opera. Vireo was developed as a CSUF Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence project of Lisa Bielawa Lisa Bielawa, developed in collaboration with KCET Artbound and released as CD/DVD on Orange Mountain Music. ”https://www.textura.org/archives/articles/2019top10s.htm?fbclid=IwAR0XQ5STSRZHWw3Wz4HxIbF4drRwPsKrnWVW0e5JWyjI6Jc7DFRl92RXvhc

Amending slightly the categories used for last year's roundup, textura's 2019 selections are grouped into Jazz, Classical, Ambient/New Age, General, Compilation, and Single/EP/Cassette lists. Many releases qualified for multiple categories, but for the most part selections aligned themselves to a pa...

The Sol LeWitt Estate has included a link on their website to an iteration of GCAC artist-in-residence Yumi Janairo Roth...
12/10/2019

The Sol LeWitt Estate has included a link on their website to an iteration of GCAC artist-in-residence Yumi Janairo Roth's "Spin (after Sol LeWitt)" from her CSUF Grand Central Art Center collaborative performance. To quote Carol LeWitt - “Lucy Lippard forwarded me the video of your sign spinning project. Sol would have just loved it! The estate keeps an official website. May we please have your permission to link to the project’s video? We are honored by this interest and keep up the good work, Carol LeWitt” - Find the link on their website under "SENTENCES ON CONTEMPORARY ART: SIGN SPINNERS VIDEO" http://www.lewittcollection.org/links/

Thank You The Daily Titan and writer Nathan Nguyen for the wonderful coverage of CSUF Grand Central Art Center events th...
12/10/2019
Grand Central Art Center hosts last exhibit of the decade with style and sound - Daily Titan

Thank You The Daily Titan and writer Nathan Nguyen for the wonderful coverage of CSUF Grand Central Art Center events this past Saturday night! https://dailytitan.com/2019/12/grand-central-art-center-hosts-last-exhibit-of-the-decade-with-style-and-sound/

An amalgamation of art forms including scupltures and poetry filled the gallery of the Grand Central Art Center at their last art exhibit of the decade.

12/08/2019

What it looks and sounds like when an artist is exploring process, collaboration, and research toward a larger performative project - Chris Kallmyer artist-in-residence @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center! #grandcentralartcenter #dtsaartwalk #chriskallmyer

A little preview of tonight’s action at CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Chris Kallmyer’s collaborative performance - Plea...
12/08/2019

A little preview of tonight’s action at CSUF Grand Central Art Center, Chris Kallmyer’s collaborative performance - Please Join Us!

It’s Live!  Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s artist-in-residence project with CSUF Grand Central Art Center begins!  http://be...
12/04/2019
Beyond Rebels – Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

It’s Live! Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s artist-in-residence project with CSUF Grand Central Art Center begins! http://beyondrebels.com

Beyond Rebels is a cultural history project by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center. Her new website, beyondrebels.com, is meant to expand upon the narrative of her popular book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. In interviews, articles...

Read  Penn Jillette’s (Penn and Teller) kind words on the David Greenberger and Prime Lens Grand Central Art Center arti...
11/15/2019
Canopic Riffs: Penn Jillette on David Greenberger

Read Penn Jillette’s (Penn and Teller) kind words on the David Greenberger and Prime Lens Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence project “It Happened To Me” https://www.canopicpublishing.com/riffsgreenberger

I’ve been reading David’s interviews and writings starting with the Duplex Planet in the ’70s. One of his art obsessions is interviewing older people, often at nursing homes and writing up their stories and then collaborating with musicians and doing shows and records of a guy talking while mu...

Getting ready for our big book sale @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center on December 7th, 7-10PM!
11/08/2019

Getting ready for our big book sale @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center on December 7th, 7-10PM!

Images from last nights performances and opening @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center with Martin Durazo, Chris Kallmyer, Sha...
11/03/2019

Images from last nights performances and opening @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center with Martin Durazo, Chris Kallmyer, Sharon Levy, Xiou Ping, Derek Prado, and Brandon Nelson!

We love our community collaborations - Círculos-SAUSD!
10/24/2019

We love our community collaborations - Círculos-SAUSD!

Círculos students participated in a PBL assembly yesterday at CSUF Grand Central Art Center Theater! Teachers presented their own research projects from their high school, undergrad, and graduate studies, and students were introduced to the Research Topic Proposal Form, which they will be submitting to their mentors by Nov. 5th! We are also very excited to announce that we just got FOUR PBL courses A-G approved by UC Office of the President (UC Doorways)! Presenting four brand new courses: “Applied Research PBL: Community Connections,” “Academic Research PBL: Place and Multimedia Curation,” “Action Research PBL: Cultivate Your Voice,” and “Student Research PBL: Our Collective Codex” #sausdlearns #círculos #projectbasedlearning #placebasedlearning #schoolwithoutwalls #competencybasedlearning #rethinkschool #XQsuperschools Santa Ana Unified School District

Nice review in Chronogram magazine of David Greenberger’s CSUF Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence project “It ...
10/23/2019

Nice review in Chronogram magazine of David Greenberger’s CSUF Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence project “It Happened To Me”

Last night we were so honored to accept the “2019 Achievement Award - Outstanding Arts Organization” for CSUF Grand Cent...
10/17/2019

Last night we were so honored to accept the “2019 Achievement Award - Outstanding Arts Organization” for CSUF Grand Central Art Center from Arts Orange County at the 20th Annual Orange County Arts Awards!

So honored CSUF Grand Central Art Center is among such amazing fellow awardees.  Truly looking forward to the Arts Orang...
10/11/2019
It’s 20 Years and Counting for the O.C. Arts Awards

So honored CSUF Grand Central Art Center is among such amazing fellow awardees. Truly looking forward to the Arts Orange County 20th Annual Orange County Arts Awards next Wednesday, October 16th! Thank you, Voice of OC for the wonderful mention! https://voiceofoc.org/2019/10/its-20-years-and-counting-for-the-o-c-arts-awards/

Arts OC's milestone anniversary event is studded with notable honorees, from Jerry Mandel to Carl St.Clair, and a roster of stellar entertainers.

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I look forward to attending one of the 1st Saturday Art Walks in 2020!!
Good afternoon Grand Central Art Center , my name is Fernando Del Rosario. I am a local artist and I’m super excited and honored to be at the Mission Viejo Library for my very first book signing event on Dec. 5th, at 6pm. I would love to extend the invitation to you as I share some of the short stories I’ve written; about creativity and this incredible journey that continues to unfold and challenge me as an artist and a creative entrepreneur. I’ll also talk about the catalyst and inspiration behind the REAL HEROES Book Of Quotes Volume 1. This book is a wonderful holiday gift idea that will continue to provide inspiration through out the days of the new year! I look forward to seeing you there! Thank you for taking the time. https://www.facebook.com/events/318718335619618/
3-1/2 years ago when I started this incredible creative adventure of showing my art work through galleries, events, libraries and basically anyone who would be willing to show my artwork; I started to visit galleries in art communities like Laguna Beach, Santa Monica, Downtown LA, etc. I would literally go door-to-door with a printed portfolio in hand, a smile on my face and a firm handshake. In many cases, curators and gallery owners won’t even look at me in the eyes, let alone my portfolio. Continually getting rejected, this creative journey is quite a humbling experience…and it continues to be so. It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you, next Thursday, Nov. 1st I will be participating at the Laguna Beach Art Walk. I have the privilege of showcasing my REAL HEROES art pieces with the LagunaArt.com gallery, right across the street from the Laguna Art Museum. Along with showcasing a few of my larger pieces, I will have my REAL HEROES BOOK OF QUOTES for sale. Join me for drinks, snacks & amazing art. I look forward to seeing you there and getting to know GCAC! Thank you for taking the time. Invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/186626152249995/
The Newport Beach Film Festival (a 501c3 charity) is looking for volunteers! This is a great way to help support new and seasoned filmmakers alike. All are welcome. Visit www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/volunteer for info.
Make your very own “REAL HEROES” art piece! Fernando Del Rosario is partnering with CreationOvation to hold a 3 hr. workshop where he will share his art form, techniques, and craft with the class in creating their very own REAL HEROES art work. Fernando will talk about the meaning behind his work & passion, along with fun stories to go with the very tactile approach of this art form. The participants will take actual comic books, cut them up, arrange them into compelling patterns, mount them on canvases, seal them, incorporate a quote from a real life hero, and BAM!!! POW!!! BOOM!!! Everyone will have their own REAL HEROES art piece! Join Fernando next Saturday (11/18) afternoon and make something awesome! Register below: http://www.creationovation.com/heroes-comic-book-collage/