John D. Spiak


John D. Spiak was appointed Director/Chief Curator of California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana in September of 2011. His curatorial emphasis is on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in social practice and video.  Through the GCAC Artist in Residence initiative, Spiak has hosted the following artists at the center as they develop projects: Paul Ramirez Jonas, Lisa Beilawa, Adam Moser, Jules Rochielle, Saskia Jorda, Constantin Hartenstein. Upcoming GCAC artists in residence will include: Carmen Papalia, Heather Layton and Brian Bailey, Bad at Sports, and Holly Myers.  Prior to his appointment at Grand Central Art Center, 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 initiative series Social Studies, which featured solo social practice projects with Gregory Sale, Julianne Swartz, Josh Greene, Jarbas Lopes, Jillian Mcdonald, Jennifer Nelson, Paulo Nenflidio and Anila Rubiku. In 1997, he founded and was acting director of the annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival, until his appointment at Grand Central.  He has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions over his career, working directly with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Mark Newport, Angela Ellsworth, Adam Chodzko Sean Duffy and Agnieszka Kalinowska, with support from such prestigious organizations as The British Council, Metabolic Studio, Polish Cultural Institute and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.