December 6, 2012

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Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given


Sean C. Flaherty: An Overture in Parts


CSUF Students Ceramic and Glass Exhibition and Sale



Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory


Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men


Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan


Here In Your Space: Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing


The Cacophony Society: Zone Show


ISM: 10 Project


Constantin Hartenstein: Event Horizon


Erin Morrison: Meditative Action


Imaginary Realism: Works on Paper


Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement



Jules Rochielle


Brent Green


Adam Moser


Constantin Hartenstein


Clinton MacKenzie


Sarah Luther


Lisa Bielawa – 1st Site Visit, Project In Development


Paul Ramirez Jonas – 1st Site Visit, Project In Development




Patchwork: Spring (May) and Fall (Dec) –

Coordinated with our tenant/collaborative partner The Road Less Traveled


Brent Green screening with live soundtrack performance of 

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – 

Collaboration with OC School of the Arts


Imagination Celebration – Collaboration with OC Arts


Blue Remix: Yann Marussich – Collaboration with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)


Bulbo’s screening of Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) – Collaboration with OC Film Fiesta and The Yost Theatre




Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 47th District of California




Conversations #1: Gallery Artists

Tony de los Reyes, Deb Klowden, Sara Dehghan


Conversations #2: Public Art

Kent Twitchell, Margaret Bruning, Kevin Stewart-Magee


Conversations #3: Social Practice

Sarah Luther, Sara Deleiden, Cassandra Erb, Kimberly McKinnis



ARTFORUM Critics’ Picks – Tony de los Reyes:  Border Theory


Titan Magazine: Grand Central Art Center is a Cultural Hub For Santa Ana and Beyond


OC Weekly – ‘Border Theory’ Shows the Line That Blurs


Visual Art Source – Naida Osline


Los Angeles Times – John Spiak Wants Grand Central Art Center to be Engaged Neighbor


Cultural Weekly – Sean C. Flaherty’s Overture


OC Weekly – Best Public Art 2012: Millard Sheets Murals



We look forward to seeing you here!

Happy Holiday Season,


John D. Spiak

Director/Chief Curator 

Grand Central Art Center

a unit of Cal State University Fullerton’s College of the Arts

125 N. Broadway

Santa Ana, CA 92701

t. 714.567.7233





June 28, 2012

Exhibition, Book Release, Awards Gala

Curated by Kevin Staniec, Co-Founder of ISM

Grand Central Art Center is helping ISM celebrate 10 years of creativity with a colossal gallery exhibition, a monumental book, and the announcement of the Arts Advocacy and Community Architect award recipients.

Opening Reception – Saturday, July 7, from 7:00pm until 10:00pm

Awards Gala – Saturday, July 7, 7:30pm

Book Release/Closing Reception – Saturday, August 4, from 7:00pm until 10:00pm

On Saturday, July 7, the opening reception of the ISM: 10 exhibition at Grand Central Art Center in Downtown Santa Ana features three new projects (_______ism, Focus, Cheers) with 500+ artists participating from around the world.  During the opening reception, ISM will present the Arts Advocacy and Community Architect awards.

The release of the ISM: 10 book will coincide with the closing reception of the ISM: 10 exhibition on Saturday, August 4.  This paperback compilation documents 10 years of projects and publications.  It is a tribute to the 1,000+ participating artists, designers, photographers and writers from Los Angeles, Orange County and around the world, who have contributed their creativity since 2002.

The exhibition is free to the public.  The book will be available for purchase at the cover price of $30.

More details on ISM can be found online at the following address:

Project credit: 1. Rebecca Green, _______ism, 2. Jeremy Keith, Focus, 3. Cheers, 4. Lauren Elizalde, Define Your ISM.

GCAC Recognized by Mayor, First Saturday Recap and On Campus Posters!

June 5, 2012

Last night, June 4, at the City of Santa Ana council meeting, Mayor Miguel A. Pulido awarded Grand Central Art Center a Certificate of Recognition in appreciation of GCAC’s long-standing relationship with the City of Santa Ana and the promotion of the arts in the downtown.

Grand Central Art Center is honored to be a part of this great city and thanks the Mayor and entire City Council for their continued support of our institution, exhibitions, programs, outreach and activities. The City and Mayor were there as this institution was first developed and they, and the members of the City Council, are here for us today as this institution continues to develop forward!

The recognition capped of another great weekend of activities that took place at Grand Central Art Center during the First Saturday Art Walk on June 2.

GCAC presented artist and curator receptions for our three current exhibitions, Nadia Osline: All the Queen’s Men, Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement and Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan, curated by CSUF Master Candidates Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman.  In our GCAC Theater Space, Tony Sheets and professional storyteller Jim Cogan shared with the audience memories and personal stories on the life of Millard Sheets.

Danny with artist Naida Osline

Along with the reception and talk, the surprise performance art piece Guerrilla Gowns, organized and performed by CSUF current students, alum and Grand Central Art Center MFA residences, occurred on our 2nd street promenade.

Just another active night in downtown Santa Ana, CA.

And to top this off, Grand Central Art Center poster announcements are popping up all over the CSUF main campus this week. We’re excited to continue engaging students, staff, faculty and administration with our programming.

Mark your calendar, our next big opening celebrating the 10th year anniversary of ISM takes place July 7th!

Weekends Are Active @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 29, 2012

February 1st of this year we announced our new tenant/collaborative partner relationship with Delilah Snell, as she opened The Road Less Traveled location in Grand Central Art Center.  We knew this would be a match made in heaven, but we didn’t realize just how heavenly it would truly be.  Delilah is a SUPERSTAR!!!

Delilah Snell of Road Less Traveled & Patchwork

This past Sunday, Delilah presented her Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival here at Grand Central Art Center.  The Patchwork Festival has its roots in Santa Ana, started at the original Road Less Traveled store parking lot off Buffalo Street, but this is the first year it’s been presented in downtown Santa Ana.

Crowd arriving prior to 11 a.m.

Patchwork took over two full downtown city blocks along 2nd Street and Sycamore.  Vendors lined the streets, DJ and live music filled the air, and the community came out in grand support, with estimates of well over 5,000 individuals attending.  And it started early, with many folks arriving even before the 11 a.m. opening time, browsing the booths.

Packed streets during Patchwork @ Grand Central Art Center in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

By mid-afternoon the streets were packed and the booths brimming with patrons.  Everyone was having a great time and enjoying another wonderful sunny California day.

Gypsy Den, Road Less Traveled and Lola Gaspar overflowing with people during Patchwork @ Grand Central Art Center!

Our neighboring restaurants were pleased as well, they were packed with patrons throughout the day.  In speaking to them, the only issues were the fact that they hadn’t anticipated such a successful event.  We were told that one ran out of some food items and that another was so packed they had to turn people away.  That’s a true sign of success!

Cheers! project by ISM

Grand Central Art Center had patrons visiting our exhibitions, zines designers and GCAC store all afternoon.  Patchwork also provided a booth to ISM as they engage folks for their Cheers! project to be included in the upcoming ISM 10th anniversary exhibition at Grand Central Art Center, opening July 7th.

Millard Sheets Studio, All the Queen’s Men and The Disagreement exhibitions

We thank everyone who attended Patchwork here at Grand Central Art Center and we look forward to having you join us in downtown Santa Ana again this coming Saturday (6/2) from 7-10 p.m. for this months First Saturday Art Walk. Continuing exhibition includes Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
 curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman.  Please join us for an evening with Tony Sheets, son of the artist Millard Sheets, and storyteller Jim Cogan beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Plus Naida Osline’s All the Queen’s Men and Camilla Taylor’s The Disagreement, which all are set to close on june 17, so this will be one of your last chances to see these outstanding exhibition.

And if you missed Patchwork in downtown Santa Ana, you have another chance this weekend when Patchwork is presented Sunday in Culver City.

Patchwork @ Grand Central Art will be presented again in the fall, so make sure to sign-up for the Grand Central Art Center email announcements to keep informed of all dates, activities and times.

PATCHWORK Indie Arts & Crafts Festival (5/27) @ Grand Central Art Center

May 15, 2012

Grand Central Art Center and Road Less Traveled
are pleased to welcome
to its new Downtown Santa Ana location!

Sunday, May 27
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

GCAC 2nd Sreet Promenade and Sycamore Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701


You will get to peruse 100+ booths featuring local independent
artists, designers & crafters at the show. These amazing creators
will be showcasing their wares including: clothing for men, women
& kids, accessories, home goods like art, pottery & glassware,
pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles & other bath & body items,
craft kits & patterns, knit & crochet items, stationery & paper
goods, plushies, purses, handbags and so much more!

You can snack on delicious creations from local restaurants and
unique food trucks.

Bring the kids so they can make art at our DIY craft booth.

Acoustic music stage

Gourmet food trucks: Piaggio on Wheels, Fresh Fries & Home Skillet,
Gypsy Den’s Brew Garden, Memphis’ Crawfish Boil, BBQ & Beer,
Artisan Food Promenade with Old Vine Café, Lola Gaspar and
tons of OC Food Crafters.

Poster printing with Joy Shannon (11am-noon), Crafting with the
Makery & Community (1-2:30pm), join Grand Central Art Center
and photographer Lauren Elizaide to paint, crate poetry and photos
on repurposed drink coasters for the upcoming project associated
with the exhibition “Define Your ISM” slated for this summer (2:30-5pm),
DYI kids art from the The Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout (11-5pm).

Complete details can be found online:

PATCHWORK is organized by Grand Central Art Center
tenant/collaborative partner ROAD LESS TRAVELED.

Upcoming outreach workshops/programs presented by
Road Less Traveled @ Grand Central Art Center
Candle Pouring (5/24)
Welding (5/26)
Crochet 2: Granny Square (5/26)
Donation Yoga (6/2)
Citrus Preservation (6/2)
Yogurt Making (6/2)
Drum Circle (6/2)
Wood Carving Spoon Project (6/30)
Intro to Photoshop (6/6)
Sewing 101 (6/7)
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products for Your Home (6/9)
Wild Preserves (6/9)
Non-Toxic Bath & Body (6/10)
DYI Beach Cover-Up (6/13)
Charcuterie 101 – Bacon and Sausage (6/16)
Mini-Speaker Workshop (6/16)
Donation Yoga (6/16)
Father’s Day BBQ Workshop (6/17)
Green Drinks (6/21)
Kombucha Brewing (6/23)
Sewing 201 (6/23)
Beginning Crochet (6/24)
Screen Printing (6/24)
How to Repeat Yourself/Spoonflower (6/27)
DYI Bar Basics (6/30)
Podcasting 101 (6/30)

Please visit Road Less Traveled website for
complete details on each workshop, including
pricing, materials and sign-up.

If you joined us here at GCAC this past weekend,
then you know how much is happening.

If you missed all the activities, you can get a recap
through our most recent blog posting with images:

Car Parking on 3rd Street (structure @ Sycamore)
Bike Parking on 2nd
Additional Structures @ 4th St. & Spurgeon and 3rd St. & Birch St.
Surface Lot @ 3rd St. & Bush St.

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Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Extended hours: Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 7.00 pm.
(First Saturday of the month galleries are open until 10.00 pm)

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are made possible through the generous support of individuals like you.

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We look forward to having you join us!