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125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
General Phone: 714.567.7233
Fax: 714.567.4145

Grand Central Art Center Mission Statement
Grand Central Art Center is dedicated to the investigation and engagement of contemporary art and visual culture - regionally, nationally and internationally - through unique collaborations between artists, students and the community.

Grand Central Art Center programs would not be possible without the generous support of the William Gillespie Foundation, an anonymous donor and community collaborative partners.


General Information
We are approximately one mile from the Santa Ana freeway (Interstate 5).
The center is approximately twenty-five miles south of Los Angeles and seventy miles north of San Diego.

The Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center is the result of a unique partnership between the university 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, half-city block deep and full city-block long, three-level structure and houses: live/studio spaces for college of the arts graduate students, the Grand Central Gallery, the Project room, the Grand Central Theater, the Gypsy Den Café, a Sales Gallery, 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 three architectural awards.

An innovative fiscal plan allows the center to generate enough income to support basic day-to-day operations. The restaurant, printmaking studio and classroom/computer lab are subleased to third-party operators. The apartments and studios are sub-leased to students.

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 and Project Room feature exhibitions and projects by internationally noted artists. We present four to six exhibitions a year in each space.

The Education Gallery offers new exhibitions each month.

The Theater is centrally located in the building. It is configured in-the-round and seats an audience of eighty-five. We are currently scheduling various performance groups and theater companies to utilize the theater space throughout the year, including productions presented by the university’s nationally recognized dance and theater department. Participating artists in residence also utilize the theatre for performances, film presentations and lectures.

CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corporation

CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Service Corporation (ASC) was incorporated in 1959 as a nonprofit public corporation for the purpose of promoting and assisting the educational mission of Cal State Fullerton. In fulfilling its mission, the ASC employs over 1,600 people as it performs a variety of services throughout the campus community. Specifically, it oversees commercial operations; educational grants and contracts for the University; is responsible for the fiscal administration for numerous University programs; acquired College Park to provide additional offices and classrooms for the University; and administers the CSU Fullerton Housing Authority, the operator of University Gables, and University Heights.

ASC is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of students, faculty, administrators and prominent leaders from the surrounding community. The ASC's Executive Director serves as the ASC's Chief Executive Officer.

The CSU Fullerton ASC is a multi-dimensional organization created to provide a multitude of services, efficiently and effectively under the auspices of a single organization. The ASC returns a significant portion of its revenues generated through these programs to aid the University in achieving its educational mission.



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