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16+ AMAZING YEARS! – A THANK YOU FROM JOHN SPIAK

After 16+ years with the Arizona State University Art Museum I have announced my departure.  I have been fortunate to receive an offer to lead the vision of an institution in Southern California for which I cannot pass up.


(image: Grand Central Art Center)

My new role will be Director/Chief Curator of the California State University, Fullerton, Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA.  Located in the historic Grand Central Building (1924) of Downtown Santa Ana, the institution houses a large gallery space, a project gallery, retail space, an 85-seat theater and classrooms.  Another key attraction of the space is the second floor, which houses twenty-seven MFA student apartments with functioning artist studios for each resident on the main floor.  The institution also houses an artist-in-residence apartment and studio with an on-going international residency program.


(image: Grand Central Art Center, CSUF MFA Apartments, Santa Ana, CA)

If you are not yet familiar with the institution, here is a link with some details on the Grand Central Art Center:
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/aboutus.php

The added bonus to this venue is its location, in the heart of a very active and involved community with great diversity of culture, vision and influence, just five minutes from where I grew up.  It will allow me to hit the ground running, knowing the lay of the land, as well as local peer institutions and colleagues with which I am excited to collaborate.

And if that isn’t enough reason to visit, here is another…

Grand Central Art Center with present a solo exhibition with artist George Herms during the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions throughout Southern California:


Chaos’ Job…Restrain Order
September 3 – October 16, 2011
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php?id=365

I will begin my new role on September 6th, so if you find yourself in the Southern California area, please let me know so we can connect and I can provide you a tour of the Grand Central Art Center.

My new contact information will be:

John D. Spiak
Director/Chief Curator
Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
t. 714.567.7233

Thank you to everyone who has made this journey so wonderful – the artists, students, collectors, community leaders, docents, funders, friends and colleagues. I need to especially give my full gratitude and thanks to Marilyn A. Zeitlin, Heather Sealy Lineberry and Gordon Knox, who provided me with support, guidance and trust, allowing me to curate projects through my vision.

My very best to you,

John D. Spiak
Appointed Director/Chief Curator, CSUF’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

August 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

It’s time: the 2009 Short Film & Video Festival

Ken Howie

ASU Art Museum visitors watching Nadia Hironaka: The Late Show; photo: Ken Howie

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year, aside from spend time with family and make (and eat!) lots of my grandma’s Christmas cookies, is watch films. I love film; indie flicks, foreign stories and good old blow-everything-up-Hollywood-style movies.  I especially love video art, so I was really excited to join ASU Art Museum earlier this year where video art is truly appreciated and promoted as an important creative medium. 

Ok, you don’t care about me or my grandma’s cookies. So here’s what you need to know to submit your free entry into the 13th Annual Short Film & Video Festival at ASU Art Museum:

1. There is no fee to enter and anyone can do it. Entries are accepted throughout the year from filmmakers worldwide. 

2.  Entries must be not longer than 10 minutes.

3.  Send your entries to the Museum directly and please include your name and contact information.

See our Web site for all of the details, which are kept pretty simple, really.

The deadline for entry this year is February 6, 2009. The selected entries will be screened on the Plaza at the Nelson Fine Arts Center on April 18 at 8pm.

Need even more video art? We’ve got you covered: our very own John Spiak is bringing the show he curated for Aqua Art Miami to town later next year. The full exhibition, titled I’m Keeping an Eye on You, will be at ASU Art Museum in August, 2009.

-Diane

December 29, 2008 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Aqua Art Miami!

I recently returned from Miami and the amazing art fair week! Through the extreme generosity of Aqua Art Miami, the ASU Art Museum presented I’m Keeping an Eye on You, a curated Video Project Space at Aqua Wynwood, as part of the ASU Art Museum Moving Targets Initiative.

Thanks to Aqua’s Jaq Chartier, Dirk Park, Joshua Weinberg and Bhavin Patel for their incredible energy and support. Thanks as well to the Scenic Group’s Craig Hensala, Simon Watson and Molly Myer for all their promotional efforts and networking support.

A thank you must also go to Jenea Sanchez for assistance in creating program material for the presentation in Miami. Thank you as well to the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board, specifically Eddie and Ellyce Shea, for hosting a preview event of the project at their home in Phoenix.

I must thank Heather Lineberry, Interm Director at the ASU Art Museum for her support in the Museum’s participation.

Lastly, this project would not be possible with out the over 425 artists who submitted work for review and made recommendations of artists for consideration, most specifically the ten artists selected for the final project; Mounira Al Solh, Rachel Garfield, Charlotte Ginsborg, Pia Greschner, Myung-Soo Kim, Yaron Lapid, Jeff Luckey, Johnna MacArthur, Michael Mohan and Corinna Schnitt. The process has been extremely rewarding and through it I have discovered numerous artists that I look forward to working with and presenting their work in future exhibitions.

I’m Keeping an Eye on You travels to the ASU Art Museum, premiering as a full scale exhibition in fall of 2009, so make your plans now to pay us a visit.

Here are some images that will give you a feel of the overall presentation at Aqua Wynwood.

Hope you enjoy!

John Spiak
Curator
ASU Art Museum

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Aqua Art Miami - I'm Keeping an Eye on You banner close-up

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Text Panel and Notebooks with complete program information inside the exhibition space.

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Rachel Garfield You're Joking! as it appeared in warm-up runs of the program

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

Individuals enjoying I'm Keeping an Eye on You, with Michael Mohan's The Interrogation at Aqua Wynwood.

December 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm


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