SERVING STUDENTS OF OUR CAL STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON COMMUNITY

November 8, 2012

Grand Central Art Center takes great pride in being a unit of the Cal State University Fullerton College of the Arts. This relationship allows us to engage our students in meaningful ways. GCAC works to enhance the educational experience through visiting artists in residence and programs that place our students into direct conversation and experience outside the classroom and studio.

This past week was packed with such opportunities.

Artist in Residence Brent Green traveled to CSUF main campus two days last week to visit with students in both the Advance Character Animation and Short Filmmaking classes taught by Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Entertainment Art/Animation, Chuck Grieb. Brent screened past works for the students, shared his background and a few of his past experiences, including: presenting his work six times at the Sundance Film Festival; installation projects at such venues as the UCLA Hammer, SITE Santa Fe and Berkeley Art Museum; and performances at venues including MOMA, Walker Art Center and EMPAC in Troy, NY. It was a lively presentation, with Brent sharing his passion, drive and creative energy. Brent is scheduled to speak to a few more classes in the coming weeks and will be working on the installation of his upcoming exhibition, To Many Men Strange Fates Art Given, which will open on Saturday, December 1st in the main gallery at Grand Central Art Center. We thank Chuck for allowing us to take over two days of classes and thank Brent for his continued inspiration!

Julie Orser, Assistant Professor in Creative Photograph at CSUF, brought her class over for a sneak preview and conversation with artist Sean C. Flaherty. Sean’s video installation, An Overture in Parts, installed in the GCAC Project Space, opened to the public with a reception this past Saturday. The previous week, our Director/Chief Curator John Spiak, spoke to Orser’s class on the topic of video art and the practice of showing work in this medium. The visit with Sean provided the opportunity to have a more direct conversation with a young artist working in video and installation. He was able to provide quality insight; on his own practice and desires, as well as knowledge he has obtained while working as a studio assist for artist Julian Hoeber. Sean talked about the three works in the current exhibition, how they were first developed, the actual creation process and his family’s reaction to their involvement, and the installation decisions and process. The exchange was energized and conversation quality. Thank you Sean for taking the time and sharing your knowledge with our Students, and Julie, we are so happy you are now part of the CSUF family!

Our First Saturday Art Walk evening began with CONVERSATIONS #2: PUBLIC ART, the second in our series of panels that place current CSUF MFA students working on degrees in specific practice, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that medium, in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that field. The panel, focused on Public Art, was lead by Kevin Stewart-Magee, current CSUF MFA Student, Painting and Drawing, with panelists Kent Twitchell, Artist/Muralist, and
 Margaret Bruning, Director of Civic Art, LA County Arts Commission. We had a great turnout and Kevin led an informative conversation. The focus was on current policies in public art, structure and best approaches for pursuing projects, and upcoming projects each individual was working towards. Our sincere gratitude to Kevin, Kent and Margaret, you started the evening off right, sharing your knowledge and expertise, it was extremely appreciated.

The next in our series, CONVERSATION #3: SOCIAL PRACTICE is set to occur on the evening of Thursday, November 15 beginning at 7pm. The panel will include artist Sarah Luther, Artist/Educator/Director of MKE<–>LAX Sara Daleiden, current CSUF MFA Student in Exhibition and Design Cassandra Erb, and current CSUF student in Exhibition and Design Kimberly McKinnis. The panel will be in association with the exhibition INTERSTICE: NEW ECONOMIES for CREATIVE COMMUNITIES, curated by Cassandra and Kimberly at the CSUF Begovich Gallery on main campus (800 N. State College Blvd, Fullerton), set to open November 10 from 5-8pm.

We invite you to join us immediately following the panel for a GCAC Dutch Treat Dinner at Izalco Salvadorian Cuisine. There is no pressure – you eat and drink what you order and can afford. And as a special bonus, our artists in residence Brent Green will also be joining us.

Following the panel Saturday evening, artist Tony de los Reyes presented a gallery talk for his current main gallery exhibition Border Theory. The exhibition has received excellent critical review, with outstanding writing by Gustavo Arellano in the OC Weekly, an article by Liz Goldner in ArtScene, and an ArtForum Critics’ Pick by Micol Hebron. Tony provided very in-depth insight into his current body of works, shared his process of the development of the series, and the route his work took to get to where he is today in his thinking. A personal, brilliant and generous talk, as the artist allowed the audience to engage throughout with direct questions and exchange. We are truly honored to have the privilege of premiering this new body of work and give our sincere thanks to Tony for allowing us this opportunity. We have extended the exhibition through November 18th, so you still have time to see the exhibition in person.

Saturday also marked the opening reception of two new exhibitions, the previously mentioned An Overture in Parts by artist Sean C. Flaherty, and the CSUF Student Glass and Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. Organized through the collaborative efforts of CSUF School of Art Associate Professor Nobuhito (Nobu) Nishigawara and Professor and Glass Program Coordinator John Leighton, the exhibition included outstanding quality works in both medium and was extremely well received by our audience. Thank you to the student artists for their hard work and amazing pieces, and thanks to Nobu and John for making this exhibition a reality.

A visit from Skirball Cultural Center, Marketing and Social Media Manager, Lisa Delgin kicked off this week’s activity. Lisa visited Grand Central Art Center to speak with students enrolled in the CSUF Exhibition and Design program with Mike McGee, Professor and Museum Studies Coordinator, Exhibition Design and Museum Studies. She shared her incredible knowledge of current marketing practices within cultural institutions, including the use of print materials (both internal and external), social media approaches, audience survey gathering, event based outreach, and partnering with media outlets. Lisa provided amazing insight and the students were engaged in the conversation, a true benefit for all who attended. Thank you Lisa for taking time out of your busy schedule, making the drive down from LA, and most of all for the energy and inspiration you provided to our CSUF students.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes support of our community neighbors leads to surprising student engagement. Last week we hosted a team meeting for the regional managers of Starbucks Coffee. The team arrived for an early meeting and as we had informal conversations, we discovered that many of the individuals attending the meeting were current CSUF students and alumni. It allowed us to share our current series of exhibitions and talk about opportunities for collaborative efforts and mutually beneficial exchange. A quality group of folks to share our morning.

It is always wonderful to have the opportunity to connect with members of our CSUF Titan family!


Informative Program This Morning @ GCAC!

October 25, 2012

Grand Central Art Center was pleased to host this mornings event for Exhibit Envoy, organized through the efforts of their board member Jan McKay and in-kind support of Arts Orange County‘s Richard Stein. If you are not familiar with Exhibit Envoy you should be, as they are a non-profit organization that offers a variety of art, history and culture, and natural history traveling exhibits to institutions throughout California.

The morning started at The Gypsy Den, our collaborative tenant located in the Grand Central Art Center building. Arts professionals from Orange County cultural institutions, including two individuals who also happen to be students of Cal State University Fullerton‘s Exhibition and Design program, met and shared wonderful conversations over breakfast, talking about current and upcoming programs.

We then moved the gathering to the Grand Central Art Center Main Gallery, where Exhibit Envoy‘s Executive Director, Adrienne McGraw, shared information about the non-profits current activities, shows that are available and projects in development. At the conclusion of the presentation, there was a question and answer session in which many wonderful institutional exchanges occurred, ideas regarding marketing, development and collaborative efforts.



We at Grand Central Art Center are excited and honored to be hosting such events that benefit our many communities, bring our colleagues together, work to develop mutually beneficial outcomes and better serve all involved.

Thank You to Jan, Adrienne, Richard, The Gypsy Den, all those who attended, and the GCAC Team for making this mornings event a success!


Mat Gleason, Brent Green, Dan Cameron, Kip Pastor, Ruben Dario @ GCAC

October 18, 2012

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in programming over the past week here at Grand Central Art Center. It has provided another active schedule of diverse programming and wide range of visitors.

Last Thursday, Mat Gleason from Coagula (both the magazine and gallery) stopped by to see the exhibitions and chat a bit. We had the opportunity to talk about Tony de los Reyes, Constantin Hartenstein and Erin Morrison‘s work and the upcoming programming, before the conversation shifted to Angels baseball. Mat is one of the Angels number one fans, he actually pens for http://www.halosheaven.com/, but we won’t reveal his moniker, you’ll have to guess. The talk of baseball led to a great conversation about Adam Moser‘s residency/project this summer at GCAC, The Cut-Off Men. We honored Mat by presenting him with one of the team autographed, limited edition, baseballs from the project. Now if Mat would just stand still for one moment, we could get an in-focus picture…

Mat Gleason with Cut-Off Men autographed baseball


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday afternoon, artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborators, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley and Jim Skuldt, met up at the Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre. They spent much of the afternoon doing set-up and sound checks with the amazing OCSA team and volunteer students for that evenings screening with live soundtrack performance of Green’s feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. The venue is top notch and the sound quality was fantastic! After the sound check and a few warm-up runs, we headed down for a wonderful, pre-screening/performance, Mexican food dinner in downtown Santa Ana.

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Sound check with Brent Green, Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley, Mike McGinley, Jacquelyn Gordon and Jim Skuldt

Following the early dinner, it was time to head back to the theatre for the performance. There was a great audience who experienced a performance that was truly emotional, reflective and inspiring. It was a very moving evening of live music soundtrack and powerful film. Thank you Brent and your collaborators for creating such powerful art! Our sincere gratitude to the team at the Orange County School for the Arts, especially Aaron Orullian, Patrick Williams, Eric Hamme, Kevin Cook, Cathy Michaels. We are looking forward to future collaborations with your team, faculty and students!

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, screening with live performance @ OCSA Webb Theatre. Photo by Matthew Miller

Post performance conversation. Curator Cassandra Coblentz with artists Todd Gray, Kyungmi Shin and Joe Biel

The working week started of Monday with a visit from Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron. We invited Dan down to speak with students enrolled in the Exhibition and Design program at Cal State University Fullerton. Dan shared stories of how he began his career in the curating practice, his early travels to Spain that so inspired him, and his early writing on the topic of art. He talked about past projects, including his time at the New Museum, curating the 2003 Istanbul Biennale and the development of Prospect 1 in New Orleans. The students asked great questions and the conversation was lively. Thank you Dan for the time, energy and inspiration you provided to our students.

Orange County Museum of Art Chief Curator Dan Cameron

Monday evening, we partnered with OC Food Access Coalition, Positively Delicious OC and Memphis at the Santora to present a screening of the film In Organic We Trust. We had the great fortune to work with two wonderful individuals through this collaboration, OC Food Access Coalition Executive Director Gillian Poe and Program Coordinator Mire Molnar-Barton. We had an engaged crowd on hand that had the opportunity to talk with numerous organizations that set-up booths in our lobby, take in the tasty treats provided by Memphis, and enjoy the screening of the film. Following the film, the audience was provided the opportunity of a Q&A with the films Director/Producer Kip Pastor. It was an educational exchange that lasted close to an hour, with quality information provided by both the filmmaker and audience.

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

OC Food Access Coalition Event

Screening of In Organic We Trust

In Organic We Trust Director/Producer Kip Pastor during Q&A


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This afternoon, we were visited by Jose Quant and Shell Martin of the Q Art Salon, one of our great gallery neighbors here in Downtown Santa Ana. Jose and Shell brought Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, for a site visit to GCAC and conversation about cultural exchange possibilities. Lots of ideas and energy, so we will keep you posted as things develop.

Jose Quant of Q Art Salon, Ruben Dario of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario, Managua, Nicaragua, and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John Spiak

Once again, we thank everyone who participated in our programming over the past week and look forward to providing more opportunities for community focused engagement in the coming days and months.

Lots of great GCAC programs, educational outreach, exhibitions and performance on the horizon!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN US!