GCAC Receives $100,000 Warhol Foundation Grant!

Grand Central Art Center Receives $100,000 from 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center is honored to be receiving a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, supporting artists through our artist-in-residence program.

Through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the ArtsGrand Central Art Center is excited to help in the research and development of new projects with upcoming artists-in-residence that include Alicia RojasCarlee FernandezKelley-Ann LindoShaun Leonardo, and Jasmin Mara López. In addition, we look forward to continuing projects that were paused due to the pandemic with artists including Yumi Janairo RothLexa WalshSusy Bielak and Fred SchmalzGlenda LeonPablo Helguera, among others.

Grand Central Art Center’s residency program offers artists unique opportunities and generous resources to develop long-term community collaborations in and beyond Santa Ana,” says Rachel Bers, Program Director of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, “We are happy to support its commitment to artist-led and process-oriented programs that bring the voices of artists into meaningful conversation with community members around issues of local and national significance.” 

GCAC’s residencies develop by believing that an actual creative process should be fluid and porous, not confined or restricted by limitations and preconceived notions placed upon it from the onset.  The process should be allowed to roam freely, providing opportunities for exchange, discovery, and influence to occur organically.   

As stated in The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts press release announcement, “The community-engaged, process-oriented residency at Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA) will provide artists with introductions to local practitioners, community leaders, and other potential collaborators as well as to resources at museums throughout the Cal State system with which it has forged close ties.” 

A few notable Cal State Fullerton connections and collaborations through the projects include 1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts alum Carlee Fernandez, artist/filmmaker Jasmin Mara López working on a film project about current CSUF student Gilbert Anthony Romero (Papi), and 2020 Bachelor in Business Administration and Minor in General Management alum Erik Argote, a sign spinner involved with Yumi Janairo Roth’s artist-in-residence project.

This is the third $100,000, two-year grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts received by Grand Central Art Center since 2014.

In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the foundation has given nearly $250 million in cash grants to over 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.

More information on The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts can be found here.

Grand Central Art Center is working toward matching this $100,000 grant to support these and other artists’ projects to their fullest potentials, so thank you for your contributions toward this effort through the link below.