Connecting in Bogota – Tyler Stallings, Adriana Salazar and Naida Osline

December 5, 2013

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(Tyler Stallings, Adriana Salazar, Naida Osline)

We at Grand Central Art Center love when connections like this are made! You may ask – what does the above picture have to do with GCAC?

Here is how the magic of GCAC connecting works…

In late fall of 2011 through early 2012, Naida Osline was Artist in Residence at GCAC. During her first day in residence, GCAC Director John Spiak took her on a walking tour of downtown Santa Ana. On the tour, they stopped at a local costume store where John introduced Naida to the owner, Archer Aistaetter. Archer is involved and fully connected to the local drag community, who Naida ended up collaborating with during her time in residency at GCAC. Archer is also involved in a major ecological project in Colombia and invited Naida down for a visit. That visit turned into a series of residences in Colombia for Naida, working with a drag community there, as well as documenting insect and plant life. Her time there included three major solo exhibitions of the work created in Bogota, as well as work from her All the Queen’s Men series she created during her residence at GCAC.

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(Danny with artist Naida Osline)

In spring of 2013, Bogota, Colombia artist Adriana Salazar was Artist in Residence at Grand Central Art Center – a collaboration between GCAC and the Orange County Museum of Art for the California-Pacific Triennial curated by Dan Cameron. During her time in residency, she created two major installation-based works; one that was on exhibition in the GCAC main gallery titled Nothing Else Left and a second at the Orange County Museum of Art titled Moving Plant #30.

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(Adriana Salazar installation Nothing Else Left at GCAC)

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(Adriana Salazar installation Moving Plant #30 at OCMA)

This is where Tyler Stallings comes into the picture. As Adriana’s exhibition was getting ready to close, Spiak receives a call from Stallings. Through Tyler’s position as Artistic Director at the University of California, Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts and Director at UCR’s Sweeney Art Gallery, he is involved with the programing for the upcoming Immortality Project, a year long (2014-15) series of events focused upon philosophic and religious study on ideas of either immortality and/or the afterlife. UCR philosophy professor John Martin Fischer is organizing The Immortality Project. Tyler’s inquiry was about the possibility of exhibiting both of Adriana’s works together beginning in fall of 2014 as part of The Immortality Project official programs. Of course, we were delighted about the possibility! Working with Adriana, Dan, OCMA curatorial associate Johnny Sampson and the Orange County Museum of Art team, GCAC helped make this possibility a reality. So great news for those who may have missed her work the first time, you get a second chance to see both of Adriana Salazar’s works together at UCR beginning in the fall of 2014 thanks to Tyler!

But back to the original image… So Naida is concluding her time in Colombia and her partner, Tyler, travels down there to spend the last two weeks together. Prior to his travels, he makes arrangements to connect with Adriana in Bogota during his visit. They meet for the very first time at Adriana’s current show and the full connection is complete.

It’s the magic of Grand Central Art Center!


SUPPORT GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS + 10% HOLIDAY DISCOUNT!

December 6, 2012

In celebration of the holiday season, print a copy of the first page of this post or show an image of this post on your mobile device at the Grand Central Art Center Gallery Store for a 10% discount on your next purchase, now through January 31, 2013.

 

SUPPORT GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Make a contribution online today to support continued success and engaging outreach throughout 2013!

https://www.fullerton.edu/foundation/gift/form.asp?Appeal=8GJ00/CSFPF&fund=Grand%20Central%20Art%20Center%7C40003

 

All proceeds will directly benefit our activities, allowing Grand Central Art Center the opportunity to work with artists in developing more exhibitions, residencies, programs, events and lectures for our communities. As the projects develop, we will continue to keep you informed and provide you invitations to all exciting activities.

 

Please donate $10 or more today!  Support our effort and contribute what you can. 

We’ve made it easy to DONATE NOW through our simple and secure online CSUF GCAC form:

 https://www.fullerton.edu/foundation/gift/form.asp?Appeal=8GJ00/CSFPF&fund=Grand%20Central%20Art%20Center%7C40003

  

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MAKING 2012 A SUCCESS FOR GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER.

Grand Central Art Center quality exhibitions, programs and outreach are made possible through the generous support of individuals like you.

 

 

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2012 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:

Brent Green: To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

 

Sean C. Flaherty: An Overture in Parts

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

 

CSUF Students Ceramic and Glass Exhibition and Sale

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

 

EXHIBITIONS:

Tony de los Reyes: Border Theory

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=389

 

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=382

 

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=376

 

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

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=378

 

The Cacophony Society: Zone Show

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=373

 

ISM: 10 Project

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=383

 

Constantin Hartenstein: Event Horizon

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php?id=386

 

Erin Morrison: Meditative Action

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=393

 

Imaginary Realism: Works on Paper

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=380

 

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

http://grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php?id=381

 

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE:

Jules Rochielle

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

 

Brent Green

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/mat-gleason-brent-green-dan-cameron-kip-pastor-ruben-dario-gcac/

 

Adam Moser

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/the-cut-off-men-filmdocumentary-now-online-for-viewing/

 

Constantin Hartenstein

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/season-opening-91-performance-recap-824-grand-central-art-center/

 

Clinton MacKenzie

http://www.macstudioartpdx.com

 

Sarah Luther

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/another-conversation-3/

 

Lisa Bielawa – 1st Site Visit, Project In Development

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/lisa-bielawa-artist-in-residence-site-visit-1-grand-central-art-center/

 

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

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/paul-ramirez-jonas-in-residence-for-site-visit/

 

 

COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM / PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:

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

Coordinated with our tenant/collaborative partner The Road Less Traveled

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/weekends-are-active-grand-central-art-center/

 

Brent Green screening with live soundtrack performance of 

Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then – 

Collaboration with OC School of the Arts

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/another-active-weekend-grand-central-art-center/

 

Imagination Celebration – Collaboration with OC Arts

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/another-active-weekend-grand-central-art-center/

 

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

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/season-opening-91-performance-recap-824-grand-central-art-center/

 

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

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/keeping-active-gcac/

 

 

VIP VISIT:

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 47th District of California

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/congresswoman-loretta-sanchez-47th-district-of-california-visits-gcac/

 

 

CONVERSATIONS SERIES:

Conversations #1: Gallery Artists

Tony de los Reyes, Deb Klowden, Sara Dehghan

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/we-love-our-csuf-and-santa-ana-communities/

 

Conversations #2: Public Art

Kent Twitchell, Margaret Bruning, Kevin Stewart-Magee

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/serving-students-of-our-cal-state-university-fullerton-community/

 

Conversations #3: Social Practice

Sarah Luther, Sara Deleiden, Cassandra Erb, Kimberly McKinnis

https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/another-conversation-3/

 

PRESS COVERAGE:

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

https://grandcentralartcenter.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/artforum_tony.jpg

 

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

http://news.fullerton.edu/2012fa/grand-central.asp

 

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

http://www.ocweekly.com/2012-10-04/culture/tony-de-los-reyes-border-theory-grand-central-art-center-santa-ana/

 

Visual Art Source – Naida Osline

http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=26&aID=1248

 

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

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/28/entertainment/la-et-john-spiak-fullerton-20120328

 

Cultural Weekly – Sean C. Flaherty’s Overture

http://www.culturalweekly.com/sean-c-flaherty-overture.html

 

OC Weekly – Best Public Art 2012: Millard Sheets Murals

http://www.ocweekly.com/bestof/2012/award/best-public-art-1326250/

 

 

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

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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.


Family Activities, Car Show and Democracy Panel – This Saturday (5/12) @ GCAC!

May 10, 2012

Please join us this Saturday, May 12
for the following events and programs!

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

9th ANNUAL:
HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

OCCUPY EDUCATION:
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
3:30 p.m.

See details below for a complete list of all activities
occurring throughout the day…

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
GCAC Interior and Exterior Spaces
http://sparkoc.com/event/detail/441584345/Art_spectacular_Obras_de_arte_espectaculares

Join us for a day of family celebration with exhibitions of Naida Osline, Millard Sheets Studio and Camila Taylor. Activities in conjunction with Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute, MASKA Architectural Studio, Belly Sprout and The Road Less Traveled.

9th ANNUAL:
HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW
May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2nd Street Promenade
http://www.acescarclub.com/News/Resurrection_I/Resurrection.html

Join ACES Car Club for a day of cars, music, food, vendors, pin stripes and trophies!

OCCUPY EDUCATION:
SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!
3:30 p.m.
GCAC
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Alan Emery (Prof. of Sociology @ CSUF) presenting:
Successes and failures of democratic social movements in South Africa

Steve Jobbitt (Prof. of History @ CSUF) presenting:
Reviving the Left

Jules Rochielle (Artist in Residence @ GCAC) presenting:
What is Democracy?


Openings, Social Practice, Book Signing, Lucha Libre, More – Cinco de Mayo (5/5) @ GCAC

April 23, 2012

CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA!!!!!

Please join us for First Saturday, May 5
and Sunday, May 6!

OPENING RECEPTIONS @ GCAC, 7-10PM:
Naida Osline: All The Queens Men
Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan
Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MAY 2-5
Jules Rochielle: What is Democracy?
with additional invited artist in residence Carmen Montoya

TALK/BOOK SIGNING @ GCAC – May 5, 1-5PM:
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:
Random Acts of Time @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
The Knights Debut @ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
Group Exhibition @ GCS Santa Ana
Open Studios and Galleries @ Santora Building

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
Activities Throughout Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6

MILLARD SHEETS EXHIBITION PANEL @ GCAC – MAY 6, 2PM:
Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee

See details below for a complete list of all the activities
occurring throughout the day…

Dany (Royalty Series), 2012. Courtesy of the Artist

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Main Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men presents two separate, but
related, bodies of photo-based work from the artist’s residency
at Grand Central Art Center from November 2011 through
January 2012.

The two series consists of formal portraits of subjects who are
photographed in the studio against a neutral backdrop, mostly
members of the Santa Ana community. One series models are
middle-aged men; the other of women and men dressed in drag.
Each series bring up ideas about identity, power, representation,
gender, fame, beauty, aging and fashion.

Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Mosaic Mural. Image credit, M.O. Quinn

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
Curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Project Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

Millard Sheets: The Art of Home Savings & Loan creates a renewed
awareness of the Home Savings & Loan mosaic murals located
throughout Southern California, originally designed by the Millard
Sheets Studio. Included in the exhibition are images of the mosaics,
original works of art, sketches, supporting documentation and
images of the restoration process of the Rolling Hills Estates mural.
The exhibition focuses on five of the mosaic murals located in the
communities of Temple City, Rolling Hills Estates, Anaheim, Pomona
and Santa Ana.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 2pm
Panel will primarily address the Millard Sheets Studio, which included
Millard Sheets, SueHertel, Denis O’Connor, and others who contributed
to the Home Savings & Loan project.

Confirmed participants include: Dr. Adam Arenson – Assistant Professor
of History at the University of Texas, El Paso. Is currently completing
research for abookon the art and architecture of Home Savings & Loan.
Alan Hess – Architecture critic and historian, with a particular emphasis
on mid century modernism. Mike McGee – Gallery Director of the
Begovich Gallery, Professor and ProgramDirector of Exhibition Design
and Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

But I Didn’t Know, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement
May 5 – June 24, 2012
Education Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

Comprised of two-dimensional and three-dimensional prints, generated
through relief printing, Camilla Taylor’s work explores the concepts of
narrative, repetition and what has been referred to as “otherness.”
The artist references the capacity people have to project onto, or
empathize, with objects that have similarities to humans.

Young Women Think-Tank, with Teen Space of the Santa Ana Public Library

Jules Rochielle: Social Practice Artist in Residence
Through May 2012
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Meet Jules Rochielle, our current GCAC Artist in Residence, and
engage with her project What is Democracy?. Jules will continue to be in
residence through the end of May, then return in the fall for the second
part of her residency.

May 2nd- May 5th: Jules Rochielle has invited artist Carmen Montoya
for a short residency here at GCAC, in hopes of running a set of
community art making workshops. Carmen has been actively engaged
with a group known as Pineros y Camesinos Unidos del Noroeste
(Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), which is Oregon’s
union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon’s
largest Latino organization.Jules will work with Carmen and the community
to create a set of powerful images to take back to the Pineros y
Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.

A complete list of activities for the last week of April and beginning of May
can be found at the Field Report: Blog Posting by Jules Rochielle:
https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Talk/Book Signing
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA
1pm talk, followed by book signing
Grand Central Art Center Theater
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/gustavo_arellano_s_taco_usa_reviewed_.html

Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history
and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and
charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of
Bill Buford’s Heat and Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy, Arellano’s
fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal
anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla.

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:


Random Acts of Time
@ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Juror/Curated by William Moreno
http://www.occca.org/index.html

The Knights Debut
@ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
http://www.qartsalon.com/

Group Exhibition
@ GCS Santa Ana
http://www.gcssantaana.com/blog/

Open Studios and Galleries
@ Santora Building
http://www.aplaceforart.org/galleries/santora

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ACTIVITIES:

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade
Presented by Downtown Inc.
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/Event/first_saturdays_art_walk_-_may_5th_2012

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
@ Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6:
http://callecuatro.com/

PARKING:
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.

GALLERY HOURS:
Closed Mondays and Holidays
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)
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/maps.php

We look forward to having you join us!

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
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A NEW BEGINNING!

January 5, 2012

We are starting a new Grand Central Art Center blog.

This is the first post – many more to come!

September 6, 2011, just a little over four months ago, I started my new role as Director/Chief Curator of the Grand Central Art Center.  Although born and raised in Orange County, a 1985 graduate of Tustin High School, I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life in Arizona as a member of the curatorial team at Arizona State University Art Museum.

I am honored to be here at the GCAC and in this amazing community of Santa Ana.  I was fortunate to spend much of my youth in this community. My grandparents lived just up the street from the downtown area in Santa Ana’s Washington Square (1954-1998).  My grandfather took me to the 4th street district; he banked down here off Main Street; at family gatherings we ate Koo’s Chinese take-out; played on the fields of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School; went to the Pep Boys on 1st Street to get parts for his cars; shopped at the Montgomery Wards in Horner Plaza; and giggled when we drove by the Mitchell Brothers Theater.  As a member of the Tustin High School marching band, I performed in parades on the streets of this city and during field shows at Santa Ana Stadium.  As I grew older, I took classes at Santa Ana College – my dad, after graduating from Santa Ana High School, began his college career at Santa Ana College as well, before heading off to the University of Arizona to get his degree in civil engineering.

In the late 90s, I watched with anticipation the development of Grand Central Art Center.  As it was being retrofitted and renovated, I was fortunate to receive a preview tour of the facility.  As a curator with a sociology degree, working at a major university art museum with a focus on social engagement, I found the approach Santa Ana, California State University Fullerton and the CSUF College of the Arts was taking extremely innovative.  I met with Mike Mcgee and Don Cribb, the forward thinking minds behind Grand Central, and they shared their vision.

Original Sigalert device from 1955 Photo courtesy of Loyd 'Sig' Sigmon

As the center prepared to open in 1998, Mike approached me with the offer to bring an exhibition I was curating for Arizona State University Art Museum to GCAC, for what would be the second exhibition to be presented within this space.  I accepted, and in the summer of 1999 the exhibition Sig-alert 2, which featured the work of twenty-one Los Angeles area artists, opened in downtown Santa Ana.  I have kept engaged with the institution ever since, seeing the exhibitions of Grand Central every time I was home from Arizona visiting my parents and sisters.

In 2003, I once again had the good fortune of involvement in curating a project at the center, the group video exhibition VJ Johnny D. Presents: Top of the Pops.  After appearing at GCAC, the exhibition traveled back to ASU Art Museum for a one-night screening.

From 2000-2006, the Arizona State University Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival presented a tour version of the festival on the 2nd Street plaza in front of Grand Central, a project realized through the co-organizational efforts of artist/filmmaker Bob Pece.  Bob was a co-founder of the ASU Art Museum Festival, which began in 1997, and had his studio in the Santora building for many years.  The Santora studio was where Bob and I would spend three full days each year, from 9am – 10pm, jurying the ASU festival.

The reason for providing this background information is to let you know how invested I am in the Grand Central Art Center, Downtown Santa Ana, this community and a forward vision.  I LOVE THIS INSTITUTION AND CITY!  It has a mix of everything I desire – the rich cultural diversity and energy that thrives throughout downtown, especially along 4th Street; the creativity and innovation occurring in the Artists Village; the vision and quality of the numerous restaurants in the district; the collaborative partnerships that exist through the City, University, organizations such as Latino Health Access, Downtown Inc., local business owners and residents.   Most of all, what this downtown has that makes it so desirable to me is its authenticity.  That is why I not only work in this city, but chose to live in Santa Ana as well.

My desire for Grand Central Art Center is to be a major contributor to the vision of Santa Ana, working in collaborative, mutually beneficial ways, to engage community through artistic and creative practice.

Over the past four months, I have been adjusting to my role as director and working to reach out to meet new individuals – introducing Grand Central Art Center and downtown Santa Ana to individuals who might not yet be familiar with these jewels of Southern California.  I am beginning to develop partnerships and implement a vision for Grand Central Art Center moving forward.

Following you’ll find a little recap of a few of the activities that have taken place since September…

In November, we opened the hugely successful RIDE exhibition to an opening night crowd of over 2,800.  Curator Elle Seven (Loriann Hernandez), a MFA candidate of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program, brought a number of the artists, who live nationally, to the opening to enjoy the evening with us.  Members of Apache Skateboard, OC Roller Girls and the curator herself activated the in-gallery, half-pipe skate ramp throughout the evening as DJs rocked the house with music energy.  At the closing reception January 6, over 2,100 people attended as skaters from Element Skateboard’s team activated the half-pipe, exhibition artist Tommii Lim DJed the music and the audience enjoyed art in the exhibitions.  I cannot take credit for this exhibition or it’s success.  The full credit must go to Elle Seven for curating the project, Mike Mcgee for scheduling it here at GCAC, the artists who have work in the exhibition and the dedicated GCAC team I was fortunate to inherit.

For the record, that team includes Tracey Gayer, Matthew W. Miller, Krystal Glasman (who just left us for an amazing opportunity at the Palm Springs Art Museum), Jenny Mikhailik, Angelica Perez and Tony Pedraza.

The solo exhibition of artist Hiromi Takizawa‘s installation work has been on exhibition since November as well.  The artist, a Cal State Fullerton Alum, reflects on connection, the ocean and distance that separates her from her homeland of Japan.  Again, an exhibition that would not have been possible without the hard work, skill sets and intelligence of a team already in place prior to my arrival.

Both exhibition close this Sunday, January 15, so if you haven’t yet seen the exhibitions, this is your last chance.  The center will be open 11am-7pm today (Friday),  11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

In December, the first of many Dutch Treat Dinners, a gathering of creative and arts professionals, occurred at downtown Santa Ana’s El Curtido Salvadorian Restaurant.  The evening was attended by 78 individuals from the Southern California region, with artists, community members and individuals representing the following institutions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Bowers Museum, UC Riverside’s Sweeny Art Gallery, Orange Coast College’s Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Coastline Community College Art Gallery, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine Great Park,  Cal State Northridge and of course, Cal State Fullerton.  The evening was followed by an informal tour of the Grand Central Art Center.  It was a great success and the next Dutch Treat Dinner is already in the planning stages.

For the past two months, artist Naida Osline has been Grand Central Art Center’s Artist-in-Residence.  Through her vision for four different bodies of work, Naida has engaged and photographed middle aged men of our community, including individuals of our street community and local business owners; she’s collected stories of individuals past drug use, for which she is currently creating audio files for future projects; and just this week she engaged the local drag queen community, bringing them into our GCAC Theater space for a 10-hour day photo shoot.  Naida has definitely made the most of her time here and taken advantage of a full depth of resources this community has to offer.  Her time here and the success of her residency would not have been possible without the generous support of the Grand Central Art Forum and its board.

January marks the beginning of our new collaborative partnership/tenant relationship with The Road Less Traveled store.  The Road Less Traveled store is an environmentally and human conscious store dedicated to bringing alternatives to every aspect of life.  Delilah Snell has moved everything from her old location on Main Street to the storefront space on our 2nd Street promenade (formerly Watermark Printmaking Workshop). She will be opening the doors (and window blinds) February 1st for a soft opening, before celebrating a major grand opening during the First Saturday Art Walk events in April. Grand Central Art Center and The Road Less Traveled will be working together to create engaged community programs, expanded partnerships and activities for mutually beneficial outcomes.  The initial collaboration will begin with Belly Sprout, which is a natural living store for families in Orange County, from pregnancy through parenthood. The Road Less Traveled and Belly Sprout are community hubs of resources, information and education, so a natural fit for the Grand Central Art Center. In the coming months our outreach activities will continue expanding to include our additional collaborative partnership/tenants The Gypsy Den restaurant, Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute Tierra Flamenca, MASKA architectural school for kids and adults, the 27 MFA student resident apartments of Grand Central Art Center’s upstairs space, as well as businesses, non-profits, NGO’s and individuals throughout Santa Ana and the region.

The coming months will also involve the realizing of exhibitions and a few programs that remain on the schedule set by former directors of Grand Central Art Center.   Projects like The LA Cacophony Society retrospective exhibition opening February 4, organized by former Interim Director and GCAC Founder Mike Mcgee, members of LA’s Cacophony Society and students of Cal State Fullerton’s Exhibition Design/Museum Studies Program.  The exhibition will run through April 15.  The next blog post will include many more details.

With an open time slot in the GCAC Project Room for the same period, February 4 – April 15, we decided to organize an exhibition that creates a dialogue with the work of the Cacophony Society exhibition. Here in Your Space will focus on the work of three artists – Guy Ben-Ner, Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing – engaging in private/pubic space.  More information on this exhibition will appear on the blog next week.

In the year to come, you will have the opportunity to meet and engage with visiting artists of the Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program.  We’ve been in dialogue with artists and are making arrangements for their time here in our downtown Community.   The new emphasis of the residencies will focus on artists working in Social Practice, projects that will look toward collaborating with community.  The artists will be invited to explore the intellectual, cultural and physical resources of our community. GCAC provides each artist an apartment, studio, time and the support to empower their vision, focused toward creating new projects and/or research relevant to their artistic  practice.

Visit our blog, website or sign-up for our email list to keep informed of the visiting artist dates and activities.

In November, you will see the first exhibition scheduled through the new vision for Grand Central Art Center.  Artist Tony de los Reyes will be premiering his new body of work, both in painting and sculpture, that will focus on the US/Mexico border.  A series of programs are being developed to compliment the exhibition, so we will definitely keep you posted as these are scheduled.

As the new Director/Chief Curator, I invite you to join us here at the Grand Central Art Center.  Come visit and share our vision, enjoy our programs, engage with our community and explore all that Grand Central Art Center and Downtown Santa Ana has to offer.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

John D. Spiak
Director/Chief Curator
Grand Central Art Center