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Second Warhol Foundation Grant for Grand Central Art Center

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The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center a $100,000 grant over two years to support its artist-in-residence program — the second foundation grant awarded to the center.

â“Grand Central Art Center is honored to once again receive the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a foundation that continues to focus its resources on forward-thinking institutions, initiatives and artists,â” says John Spiak, director and chief curator.

The second grant, he adds, truly recognizes the quality of artists the center has worked with over the past few years, as well as the hard work of Grand Central Art Center team members. â“It is their dedication to the support of artists, communities and creative process that has proven key to Grand Central’s successful outcomes.â”

â“With the prestige of the first Warhol Foundation funding received by Grand Central Art Center — $100,000 two-year funding from 2014 to 2016 — we were able to leverage additional matching support from individuals, corporations and foundations that assisted in providing our students, faculty, staff and community members direct engagement with 30 artists-in-residence,â” Spiak explains.

â“As part of center’s practice of extending to artists-in-residence the opportunity to invite additional collaborators to join them in residence, the original grant made it possible for an additional 29 invited collaborators to stay onsite, while 46 other invited collaborators were housed off-site by GCAC during that two-year period.â”

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.

During this new funding cycle, Grand Central is inviting socially engaged artists into residence to begin first-phase research visits to the center, as well as artists completing projects that have been in development. Artists currently in conversation for upcoming and potential future residency projects include Ana Teresa Ferní­¡ndez, Maria del Carmen Montoya, Maya Gurantz, Shaun Leonardo, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, David Greenberger, Pablo Helguera, David Politzer and others.

About Grand Central Art Center

Established in 1999, Grand Central Art Center is a unit of California State University, Fullerton – College of the Arts, in collaboration with the City of Santa Ana, dedicated to the open exploration of contemporary art and visual culture: locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through socially engaged collaborations among artists, students, and the community.

Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence program is centered on discovery, creative process, and relationships through an open collaborative and immersed approach. Residencies support the creation of projects through a philosophy of listening, assisting and connecting. GCAC allows the artist as much freedom as possible, leaving open the potential for multi-visits, multi-site interactions, and partnerships.

The duration of residencies are not limited, they are determined on a project-by-project bases, with ongoing conversations throughout a residency. GCAC residencies to date have lasted from three-weeks to over five years. 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 direct community, region and beyond.