John Spiak

Santa Ana, CA

John D. Spiak was appointed Director/Chief Curator of California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), Santa Ana in September of 2011. His curatorial emphasis is on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in socially engaged practices and video.  Through the GCAC Artist-in-Residence initiative, GCAC hosts national and international artists as they develop projects, most recently Paul Ramirez Jonas (New York) Adriana Salazar (Bogata), Carmen Papalia (Vancouver), Daniel Tucker (Chicago), Lisa Bielawa (New York), and Vincent Goudreau (Maui). Prior to his appointment at GCAC, he was Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum, joining that staff in 1994.  Spiak was acting curator in charge of the ASU Art Museum residency series Social Studies, originating project by Julianne Swartz and Ken Landuer (New York), Jillian McDonald (New York), Josh Green (San Francisco), Gregory Sale (Phoenix), Jennifer Nelson (Greece). In 1997, he founded and was acting director for fifteen years of the annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival.  He has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions, working directly with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Shirin Neshat, Brent Green, Tony de los Reyes, Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, and Adam Chodzko.  His project have received support from such prestigious organizations as The British Council, Metabolic Studio, Polish Cultural Institute, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CEC ArtsLink, Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.  Spiak currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Museum and Social Issues, Advisory Board of SPArt (Social Practice Art - Los Angeles), and Board of Community Engagement.