Artists in Residence, Tacos and a Wedding – Another Typical Weekend @ GCAC

July 22, 2014

At Grand Central Art Center you never know what to expect, especially when you are an artist in residence. The only thing that is certain is fun activities and connecting with great people.

This past week we had Lisa Bielawa back in residence as we prepare for her major opera project Vireo, a project with her long-time collaborator librettist Erik Ehn. It was a week full of meetings with community leadership, potential collaborators, individuals from Cal State Fullerton and key members of our direct community.

We also continue to have in residence curator Regine Basha, here for the month of July working on projects and talking possibilities of future collaborations with GCAC through her Basha Projects initiative.

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But it’s not all work around GCAC, we always find time to walk down to our favorite local tacoria and grab some lunch. Tacos provide a great way for our artists in residence and staff to connect further – just ask Lisa, Regine and GCAC Associate Director Tracey Gayer.

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And what GCAC weekend would be complete without an event on our 2nd Street plaza? This weekend, Delilah Snell (our former GCAC tenant through her Road Less Traveled store, Co-Founder of Patchwork Modern Handmade Festival and Co-Founder of the Craftcation Conference for Creative Makers) and Gustavo Arellano (Editor of OC Weekly, Author of Taco USA, writer of the syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!”) celebrated their marriage with a reception on the plaza. Delilah and Gustavo sure know how to throw a party! It was, as they have called it “a street fiesta”, with a great mix of live bands, DJ’s including the world famous Richard Blade (formerly of KROQ and now on SiriusXM 1st Wave), great food and drink, and a wonderful gathering of the Santa Ana community. It also provided the opportunity for some dancing to classic 80s pop, allowing Lisa Bielawa to get in on the festivities and share some moves with GCAC’s Santa Ana Sites Co-Found Allen Moon – a fun time was had by all!

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GCAC SENDS OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO DELILAH AND GUSTAVO – SUCH A LOVELY COUPLE! TO A LIFE TIME OF HAPPINESS!!!


Andy Warhol Foundation Awards GCAC $100,000

July 2, 2014

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Grant to support Grand Central Art Center
Artist-in-Residence Program

Santa Ana, California, July 1, 2014 – Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant (over two years) from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support its artist-in-residence program.

“It is an honor for Grand Central Art Center to receive funding support from this important foundation that continues to focus its resources on forward-thinking institutions, initiatives and artists,” said GCAC’s Director and Chief Curator, John D. Spiak.

The Warhol Foundation’s grant making activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

GCAC’s artist-in-residence program is artist driven, with a focus on discovery, creative process and relationships through collaborative and socially engaged practices. “The generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation’s financial support provides the opportunity for the Grand Central Art Center to continue forward momentum for the artist-in-residence program, empowering artists to realize their visions,” Spiak said.

Residency lengths are determined on a project-by-project basis. GCAC residencies to date have lasted from three weeks to longer than a year, including the ongoing project by Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz) currently moving into year two. Residencies are not required to occur on-site, but provide the openness and opportunity for projects to be realized at off-site locations throughout the community, region and beyond.

GCAC presently is partnering with Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) on a new podcast series. Carol A. Stakenas, SPAN curator, will be interviewing artists and collectives that are participating in GCAC’s artist-in-residency program, with numerous conversations from the time artists are invited through the completion of their residency. This project is dedicated to capturing and cultivating creative voices in the field to deepen critical understanding and share methodologies.

Artists confirmed to realize projects through an artist-in-residence with Grand Central Art Center include: Lisa Bielawa, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Aida Šehović, Joseph Delappe, and Vincent Goudreau.

Presently in residence/exhibition, through her Wild Times off-site journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, is artist Susan Robb. Upcoming artist-in-residence event activities include: Daniel Tucker‘s ongoing project Future Perfect: Times Capsules in Reagan Country, returning July 11-13 to present a time capsule ceremony in collaboration with the Teen Program of the Santa Ana Public Library; Heather Layton and Brian Bailey’s ongoing project 59 Days of Independence, returning August 8-17 to present a project in collaboration with students from Orange County School of the Arts, Orange County Pakistani Parents Association, and youth in Pakistan via Skype – with materials presented in Spanish, English, and Urdu.

About Grand Central Art Center
Established in 1999 as a joint venture with the City of Santa Ana, Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University at Fullerton’s College of the Arts, is dedicated to the investigation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture: regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations among artists, students and the community.

The Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program provides a dedicated apartment and studio to creative individuals through the invitation of the center’s director/curatorial team. The current emphasis of the residency program focuses on artists working in social engaged practices. GCAC residencies provide time and space away from one’s normal work environment and community, creating the opportunity for expanded collaboration, exchange, growth, resources, knowledge and discovery.

MORE INFORMATION ON GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER CAN BE FOUND AT GRANDCENTRALARTCENTER.WORDPRESS.COM


Another Successful Imagination Celebration @ GCAC!

April 14, 2014

Each year, Grand Central Art Center participates in the month long, countywide celebration of the arts, Imagination Celebration.

The overall countywide program is presented by Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education, with each individual venue organizing their own contributions through visual, performing and creative arts activities.

GCAC’s contribution took place this past Saturday, April 12, a day of free hands-on workshops.

This year was another grand success, with individuals of all ages participating in the activities.  

Here is a little recap of the days activities: 

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Drawing activities with Ryman Arts

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Hands-on art activities with MASKA

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Face painting with Cynthia Mann

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Zines / bookmaking with Ivy Leighton and Maxwell Rivas

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Printmaking and collage techniques with Elise Bernal

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Flamenco dancing with Claudia de la Cruz

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Button making with Tracey Gayer

Activities of Imagination Celebration continue through May 25 at sites throughout Orange County, so check the calendar for upcoming activities:  http://www.sparkoc.com/categories/index/14/379

 


Daniel Tucker – The Active Schedule of a GCAC Artist in Residence

April 11, 2014

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You may wonder what an artist in residence at Grand Central Art Center does on a daily bases during their time with us. Besides engaging with the GCAC team, CSUF students, community members and visitors, they stay pretty active.

Here is a quick summary of this week’s meetings and activities current artist in residence Daniel Oliver Tucker has been involved with, in addition to lots of reading and prepping for his installation (and a few unrelated admin and writing gigs related to other stuff he’s got going later in the year).

Upcoming:

As part of his residency, from April 18th-26th, Tucker will be touring California, participating as a visiting artist at College of the Redwoods (Eureka 4/17), Mills College (Oakland 4/24), and giving a lecture at CalArts (4/26 Valencia) as part of the 10th Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place.  At each location he will be sharing information about his new project, Future Perfect – Time Capsules in Reagan County, being developed as artist in residence at GCAC.

He then returns to GCAC where he will continue the research and development stage of this new project.

A portion of his new project will be featured in a group exhibition from May 3-24th at Commonwealth & Council (Opening 5/3 at 3006 W 7th St #220, Los Angeles).

Installation Title: The Preface to Future Perfect – Time Capsules in Reagan County (2014).

Description: Over the course of 2014, Tucker is developing a documentary project entitled Future Perfect – Time Capsules in Reagan County dealing with the legacy of Ronald Reagan and the phenomenon of time capsule burials in southern California. Speculating on the contents of many of these time capsules, Future Perfect considers what Reagan’s science-fiction imagination of the future was and how that vision constituted parts of the political terrain of the present. Presented in Tucker’s first exhibition in LA, The Preface to Future Perfect is a photography installation presenting materials from his ongoing research.

The last portion of his GCAC residency will involve the community engagement phase that is still in the planning. The overall project will evolve into an installation open to the public, taking place in the GCAC Artist in Residence Studio.

We will keep you updated as the plans develop further and dates for activities here at GCAC are set.

We look forward to seeing you here!


FREE HAND-ON ART WORKSHOPS – IMAGINATION CELEBRATION 2014 @ GCAC

April 10, 2014

IMAGINATION CELEBRATION 2014
in collaboration with
Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education

SATURDAY, APRIL 12
11am – 2pm

Grand Central Art Center presents a day of
FREE hands-on art workshops

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Celebrate the excitement of art with hands-on studio workshops for all ages.

Workshops include:

Drawing activities with Ryman Arts

Hands-on art activities with MASKA

Face painting with Cynthia Mann

Printmaking with Ivy Leighton

Zines / bookmaking with Elise Bernal

Flamenco dancing with Claudia de la Cruz

Button making with Tracey Gayer

More details about all Imagination Celebration events can be found online at:
http://www.sparkoc.com/categories/index/14/379


First Episode Debut – Life of An Artist – Saturday, April 5

April 1, 2014

Join Us on Saturday
April 5, 2014
@ 7pm

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Life of An Artist debuts their first episode, during the April Santa Ana First Saturday Art Walk. Come join Ingrid, Barbara and Evan as they screen the first episode of their documentary web series. In this series, two female artists have paired together with an art critic and manager to better navigate through the difficult and tumultuous terrain, on the road toward successful art world careers.


Joanna Klass, Wojtek Szaszor, Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib – Great Visitors to GCAC!

March 7, 2014

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Joanna Klass and Wojtek Szaszor were visiting us from Warsaw, Poland.  They were GCAC creatives in residence for a first site visit, connecting with us and discussing possibilities for a future extended residency project.  While here, they presented an evening of live performance/ installation/ multimedia/ archives and conversation, Art of the Spectacle, part of their ongoing “artist in permanent utopia/permanent exile” project.  The program provided a round table dialogue about art objects, society, and exile, with a slight local focus toward Grotowski, Modjeska, Orange County and Santa Ana.  The gallery space was activated over the course of the evening for a gathering of several artists, curators and community friends who joined Klass and Szaszor as collaborators. A simple table with a circle of chairs was placed in the center of the space. A meal was served.  The goal was to engage the group in an interesting, initially outlined conversation concerning art, cultural politics, urgent issues that matter. Participation in the performance was open.   There were empty chairs for visitors who wished to join the conversation, allowing the public to enter freely and roam the gallery, listen to the conversation, join at the table or observe. The “discontextual installation” contained small traces of Deren, Cage, Modjeska’s godson Witkacy, Jerzy Grotowski, F-Space Gallery, Situationists and others.  It was an art event that one individual described as “Borscht, Bauhaus, and Bickering.”

*Joanna Klass is the founding director of Arden2, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, facilitating exchanges between Polish and American artists.  She has brought a broad spectrum of contemporary Polish theatre to the U.S., including Gardzeniece Theatre Lab, Song of the Goat, Teatr Provisorium, the Modjeska Theatre Company, Kana Theatre, the Wroclaw Puppet Theatre, TR Warszawa and Teatr ZAR.   (*from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles website)

If you were around Downtown Los Angeles in the early to mid-90s, you might have run into Wojtek Szaszor, as he was one of the organizer of an incredibly important alternative space located on Traction Avenue by the name of Spanish Kitchen.  For the record, Downtown LA had a great scene in the 90s, with spaces like Deep River, POST, the activities of the Santa Fe Colony, artists studios and a bit later The Project, among much more.

Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka

Philadelphia based artists Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib also stopped by Grand Central Art Center for a visit.  Current GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak presented Hironaka’s major multi-channel video installation with 16-channel sound, The Late Show, when Spiak was a curator at Arizona State University Art Museum.

GCAC always loves sharing our time and space with quality artists, creatives and the community, so come pay us a visit!