CSUF Grand Central Art Center

CSUF Grand Central Art Center 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Individuals from nine countries performed today’s The Adjacent Possible - participants from Scotland, Portugal, England,...
03/13/2021

Individuals from nine countries performed today’s The Adjacent Possible - participants from Scotland, Portugal, England, India, Canada, Abu Dhabi, Germany, Japan, and States across the US.

Tonight @ 5:30 PM Pacific Time.  Register now to join us!  Presented by ConSortiUm and hosted by California State Univer...
03/11/2021

Tonight @ 5:30 PM Pacific Time. Register now to join us! Presented by ConSortiUm and hosted by California State University, Dominguez Hills Art Gallery through Aandrea Stang, BegovichGallery Cal State Fullerton through Jennifer Frias, and Grand Central Art Center through John Spiak. https://csudh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8wsFUgoYRXSAge5sesqaSw

Thank you to writer Vera Castaneda and Los Angeles Times (Daily Pilot & TimesOC) for the kind coverage of The Adjacent P...
02/20/2021
Anyone can play their heart out in this interactive virtual orchestra

Thank you to writer Vera Castaneda and Los Angeles Times (Daily Pilot & TimesOC) for the kind coverage of The Adjacent Possible by artists Joshua-Michele Ross, Adam Lucas, and Adam Brick. The project is currently hosted by CSUF Grand Central Art Center. More dates for April and May will be added soon! https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/story/2021-02-19/anyone-can-play-their-heart-out-in-this-interactive-virtal-orchestra

“The Adjacent Possible” is a participatory theater event that mixes music performance, storytelling and technology to convert the audience into an orchestra. The free event series runs on scheduled dates through May.

CSUF Grand Central Art Center's cover photo
02/16/2021

CSUF Grand Central Art Center's cover photo

Thank you to writer Timo-Erkki Heino and Finnish art magazine Taide (which means art) for their wonderful coverage of Ni...
02/16/2021

Thank you to writer Timo-Erkki Heino and Finnish art magazine Taide (which means art) for their wonderful coverage of Nina Katchadourian’s "Monument to the Unelected," as shown in the image from CSUF Grand Central Art Center’s installation this past fall on the front lawn of GCAC supporter Jonathan Webb. For those not currently fluent in Finnish, here is the translation provided by the writer:

Unelected Trump in an artwork

On November 7 it was declared that Donald Trump had lost the presidential election. On November 14, the installation by the Finnish-Armenian-American Nina Katchadourian received its latest addition Elect Donald TRUMP President. The name of the installation is Monument to the Unelected.

Every four years, during the presidential election, in the front yards of U.S. suburban houses pop up lawn signs advertising the candidate supported by the household. Every four years since 2008 has also been exhibited the installation by Katchadourian.
In connection with last November’s election, the art work was exhibited in altogether eight gallery and front yard exhibitions across the United States. This time the installation seemed to mean something different than it ever had, says Katchadourian: ”The tense election gave the piece a momentum that it had never had before.”

Political signs on the front lawns are typical to the political culture in North America. Before the elections the signs show up everywhere in the suburbia. Katchadourian took note of the phenomenon in 2008, when an Arizonian contemporary art museum commissioned Katchadourian to do a work for its exhibition on the theme of humor. This proved to be the origin for the Monument to the Unelected.

In the installation are the signs of all the candidates since 1789 who lost in the presidential elections. All in all there are 59 signs designed by Katchadourian.

”The purpose of the installation is to point to history in order to point to this present moment, and to the history we are making now ,” says Katchadourian.

Thank you to Carolina Miranda and Los Angeles Times for sharing The Adjacent Possible in the Entertainment & Arts "Essen...
02/13/2021

Thank you to Carolina Miranda and Los Angeles Times for sharing The Adjacent Possible in the Entertainment & Arts "Essential Happenings" section! CSUF Grand Central Art Center is honored to host this project, developed by artist Joshua-Michele Ross in collaboration with Adam Brick and Adam Lucas. a few open time slots remain for March performances, April and May performance dates will be added soon. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/newsletter/2021-02-13/essential-arts-jeffrey-gibson-roberts-projects-essential-arts

Thank You to KCET's Ivan Fernandez and Carren Jao for the wonderful coverage of Joshua-Michele Rosss's project The Adjac...
02/11/2021
Artist's Community Orchestra Project Needs No Experience, Camera or Mic to Make Calming Melodies

Thank You to KCET's Ivan Fernandez and Carren Jao for the wonderful coverage of Joshua-Michele Rosss's project The Adjacent Possible, through the current exclusive series hosted by CSUF Grand Central Art Center! https://www.kcet.org/shows/southland-sessions/artists-community-orchestra-project

Artist Joshua-Michéle Ross' "The Adjacent Possible" project at Grand Central Art Center gathers anonymous participants online to take part in a freeform community orchestra. The experience feels like equal doses of guided meditation, creative collaboration and a space for introspection and relaxati...

Thank you Hyperallergic and Elisa Wouk Almino for the kind words and coverage of The Adjacent Possible, a project develo...
02/10/2021
Let Go in This Anonymous Musical Improv Session

Thank you Hyperallergic and Elisa Wouk Almino for the kind words and coverage of The Adjacent Possible, a project developed by Joshua-Michele Ross in collaboration with Adam Brick and Adam Lucas, presented through an exclusive series hosted by CSUF Grand Central Art Center! https://hyperallergic.com/620867/the-adjacent-possible-grand-central-art-center/

With no musical experience or physical instruments required, "The Adjacent Possible" invites you to a blissful 45-minute session.

Forbes has included CSUF Grand Central Art Center project with Nina Katchadourian, "Monument to the Unelected" on its li...
01/01/2021
From Political Posters To Prison Art: 6 Exceptional Art Exhibits To Redeem 2020

Forbes has included CSUF Grand Central Art Center project with Nina Katchadourian, "Monument to the Unelected" on its list of "6 Exceptional Art Exhibits to Redeem 2020." GCAC is honored to be on the list with such prestigous institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, MoMA PS1, and SCI-Arc. Our thanks to writer Jonathon Keats! https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2021/12/30/from-political-posters-to-prison-art-6-exceptional-art-exhibits-in-2020/

Every year, this column offers commentary on dozens of museum shows globally. Though some are best forgotten, others continue to stimulate and inspire long after works have been boxed and shipped off. As the year comes to a close, here are six 2020 exhibits that still resonate.

REMINDER - THIS SATURDAY!Saturday, December 511:00 AM-12:30 PMOpen to the Public – Virtual webinar link: https://fullert...
12/04/2020

REMINDER - THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday, December 5
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Open to the Public – Virtual webinar link: https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/96139398142

In Conversation: William Camargo and @Paul Mpagi Sepuya is presented in association with the exhibition, William Camargo: Origins and Displacements, Vols. 1-2. The exhibition is organized by the CSUF Begovich Gallery in partnership with CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) and Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center. For more information on the exhibition’s two location presentation, please visit the gallery’s website: arts.fullerton.edu/begovichgallery or follow us on social media @begovichgallery

The Begovich Gallery, in association with @Titan Radio CSUF Titan Radio presents In Conversation, a virtual series connecting artists, scholars, and community figures for lively discussions on art, culture, and society. This season’s guests feature two southern California artists working in photography, William Camargo and Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

William Camargo is a photo-based artist, educator and arts advocate. He received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University and his BFA at the California State University, Fullerton. He is currently serving as Commissioner of Heritage and Culture for the City of Anaheim, and the founder/curator of Latinx Diaspora Archives. Featured exhibitions include Mexican Cultural Center and Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and The Ethelber Cooper Gallery of African and African American Arts at Harvard University.
williamcamargo.com
@billythecamera

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, and an Acting Associate Professor at UC San Diego. Recent exhibitions include a solo at Vielmetter Los Angeles, a survey of work at CAM St. Louis, and a project for the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
paulmpagisepuya.com
@pagmi

Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Image courtesy of the artist.
William Camargo, Image courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, December 511:00 AM-12:30 PMOpen to the Public – Virtual webinar link: https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/96139398142I...
11/25/2020

Saturday, December 5
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Open to the Public – Virtual webinar link: https://fullerton.zoom.us/j/96139398142

In Conversation: William Camargo and @Paul Mpagi Sepuya is presented in association with the exhibition, William Camargo: Origins and Displacements, Vols. 1-2. The exhibition is organized by the CSUF Begovich Gallery in partnership with CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) and Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center. For more information on the exhibition’s two location presentation, please visit the gallery’s website: arts.fullerton.edu/begovichgallery or follow us on social media @begovichgallery

The Begovich Gallery, in association with @Titan Radio CSUF Titan Radio presents In Conversation, a virtual series connecting artists, scholars, and community figures for lively discussions on art, culture, and society. This season’s guests feature two southern California artists working in photography, William Camargo and Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

William Camargo is a photo-based artist, educator and arts advocate. He received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University and his BFA at the California State University, Fullerton. He is currently serving as Commissioner of Heritage and Culture for the City of Anaheim, and the founder/curator of Latinx Diaspora Archives. Featured exhibitions include Mexican Cultural Center and Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, and The Ethelber Cooper Gallery of African and African American Arts at Harvard University.
williamcamargo.com
@billythecamera

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, and an Acting Associate Professor at UC San Diego. Recent exhibitions include a solo at Vielmetter Los Angeles, a survey of work at CAM St. Louis, and a project for the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
paulmpagisepuya.com
@pagmi

Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Image courtesy of the artist.
William Camargo, Image courtesy of the artist.

Extended through December 1st - drive by and pay a visit! http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/nina-katchadourian-monume...
11/23/2020
Nina Katchadourian: Monument to the Unelected | Grand Central Art Center

Extended through December 1st - drive by and pay a visit! http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/nina-katchadourian-monument-to-the-unelected/

Nina Katchadourian: Monument to the Unelected September 4, 2020 by grandcentralartcenter Nina Katchadourian: Monument to the Unelected (2008 and ongoing) October 6 through November 17, 2020 (extended through December 1) LOCATION: Monument to the Unelected is viewable on the lawn at 896 S. Oakwood St...

11/18/2020

In case you missed it, here is video documentation of William Camargo's peformance this past Saturday @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center, curated by CSUF Begovich Gallery Director Jennifer Frias. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHl5Oi6FY-C/

LA Times article on this Saturday’s (11/14) ADDING THE 2020 SIGN - NINA KATCHADOURIAN: MONUMENT TO THE UNELECTED event. ...
11/13/2020
Costa Mesa resident to place Trump sign on 'Monument to the Unelected' art installation

LA Times article on this Saturday’s (11/14) ADDING THE 2020 SIGN - NINA KATCHADOURIAN: MONUMENT TO THE UNELECTED event. Thank you to writer Vera Castaneda for the wonderful story!
https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/story/2020-11-12/costa-mesa-resident-to-place-trump-lawn-sign-on-monument-to-the-unelected-art-installation

Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 presidential election will be marked on Nov. 14 when Costa Mesa resident Lesly Bautista adds the 59th election sign on Nina Katchadourian’s “Monument to the Unelected” art installation, containing the sign of losing candidates from every U.S. presidential electi...

As we all closely watch the final states count the remaining ballots, and the election results remain outstanding at thi...
11/06/2020

As we all closely watch the final states count the remaining ballots, and the election results remain outstanding at this time, it has been determined by Pace Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, Grand Central Art Center, and Nina Katchadourian that it would be operative to postpone the completion of the artwork from Saturday November 7th to Saturday November 14th at 1 PM PST. At that time our co-hosted nationwide event to place the final sign will take place – please join us virtually!

Thank You to writer Janica Michelle Martinez Torres and KCET for the great article on William Camargo's storefront exhib...
11/03/2020
William Camargo’s Lens Brings Focus to Obscured Histories in Orange County

Thank You to writer Janica Michelle Martinez Torres and KCET for the great article on William Camargo's storefront exhibition "Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2," currently on exhibition at CSUF Grand Central Art Center and Muzeo https://www.kcet.org/shows/southland-sessions/william-camargos-lens-brings-focus-to-obscured-histories-in-orange-county

Through William Camargo's dive into each city’s archive, he uncovers histories of violence and exploitive policies against Black and Brown communities,...

Today - In conversation with artist Nina Katchadourian, John Spiak of Grand Central Art Center, and Shauna McCabe of the...
11/02/2020
Monument to the Unelected: Nina Katchadourian and John Spiak

Today - In conversation with artist Nina Katchadourian, John Spiak of Grand Central Art Center, and Shauna McCabe of the Art Gallery of Guelph https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/monument-to-the-unelected-nina-katchadourian-and-john-spiak-tickets-126508411063?fbclid=IwAR0S03dRjWHDcKsQ1CToe2x3KZbGDjyK2Jjpqvu9tMHjDHqFgTKzxpwQj7w

In conversation with artist Nina Katchadourian, John Spiak of Grand Central Art Center, and Shauna McCabe of the Art Gallery of Guelph

Hyperallergic review of William Camargo's current storefront exhibitions @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center and Muzéo, cura...
10/28/2020
Photographs Place Orange County’s Racist History in High Relief

Hyperallergic review of William Camargo's current storefront exhibitions @ CSUF Grand Central Art Center and Muzéo, curated by Jennifer Frias. Thank you Eva Recinos for your thoughtful insights on "William Camargo: Origins and Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2" https://hyperallergic.com/597553/william-camargo-grand-central-art-center/

William Camargo visits spaces like a formerly segregated park and the Anaheim City Hall, where four Klan members were once elected.

DRIVE BY THIS WEEKEND - Monument to the Unelected by artist Nina Katchadourian is viewable on the lawn at 896 S. Oakwood...
10/24/2020
From Thomas Jefferson To Hillary Clinton, This Timely Monument Commemorates More Than Two Centuries Of Graceful Losers

DRIVE BY THIS WEEKEND - Monument to the Unelected by artist Nina Katchadourian is viewable on the lawn at 896 S. Oakwood St. Orange, CA 92869

PLEASE NOTE: Our advance thanks to visiting patrons for their respect to the property, neighbors and surrounding neighborhood, and works included in the installation.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2020/10/16/from-thomas-jefferson-to-hillary-clinton-this-timely-monument-commemorates-more-than-two-centuries-of-graceful-losers/?fbclid=IwAR1iVHnMZjMZ7sBxHB9Xi-q1SiPZHWrncLk0UFYwBDm78g9Na49vjsx9_6o#4995e947fd91

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, American artist Nina Katchadourian has created one of the most powerful political artworks of our time. See her Monument to the Unelected now in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and other cities around the US.

Such a nice start to a Sunday morning!
10/18/2020

Such a nice start to a Sunday morning!

Forbes review to start the weekend!  Thank you contributor Jonathon Keats for your thoughtful perspective on Nina Katcha...
10/16/2020
From Thomas Jefferson To Hillary Clinton, This Timely Monument Commemorates More Than Two Centuries Of Graceful Losers

Forbes review to start the weekend! Thank you contributor Jonathon Keats for your thoughtful perspective on Nina Katchadourian's "Monument to the Unelected" https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathonkeats/2020/10/16/from-thomas-jefferson-to-hillary-clinton-this-timely-monument-commemorates-more-than-two-centuries-of-graceful-losers/#56f628097fd9

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, American artist Nina Katchadourian has created one of the most powerful political artworks of our time. See her Monument to the Unelected now in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and other cities around the US.

‪Today - Tuesday, October 13 @ 1 PM Pacific Time!‬‪Virtual link: https://Fullerton.zoom.us/j/97263133777‬‪This event is ...
10/13/2020

‪Today - Tuesday, October 13 @ 1 PM Pacific Time!‬
‪Virtual link: https://Fullerton.zoom.us/j/97263133777‬

‪This event is organized by the BegovichGallery Cal State Fullerton in partnership with CSUF Creative Photography.‬

William Camargo: Origins & Displacements, Vols. 1 & 2‬
‪October 3 – December 31, 2020 @ Grand Central Art Center‬

‪*This two-part exhibition, organized by the CSUF Begovich Gallery, is on view from the storefront windows at CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) in Santa Ana & Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center in Anaheim.‬

Nina Katchadourian “Monument to the Unelected” - NOW ON VIEW - drive by and check it out!  The installation is located j...
10/13/2020

Nina Katchadourian “Monument to the Unelected” - NOW ON VIEW - drive by and check it out! The installation is located just west of ‪Fairhaven & Esplanade @ 896 S. Oakwood St. Orange, CA 92869. CSUF Grand Central Art Center is proud to host the installation this year, along with additional national hosts Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), AZ; Pace Gallery, NY; Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. The work was first commissioned by current OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art curator Cassandra Coblentz for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition “Seriously Funny” in 2008 and has been shown during each US Presidential election since. A sign with the losing candidate has been added at the end of each election, which will again be the case this year. For architecture fans, the work is installed in the lawn of an Eichler home in a full Eichler tract.‬

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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/