John D. Spiak

John D. Spiak is the Director/Chief Curator of California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center. His curatorial emphasis is on social practice and video.  Through an artist in residence initiative, he has hosted social practice artists at GCAC as they work to realize projects, including Paul Ramirez Jonas, Jules Rochielle, Carmen Papalia, Cog•nate Collective (Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez), Lisa Beilawa, Adam Moser, Heather Layton and Brian Bailey. From 1994-2011 he was Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum.  Spiak curated the ASUAM residency series Social Studies, initiating social practice projects with Gregory Sale, Julianne Swartz and Ken Landauer, Josh Greene, Jarbas Lopes, Jillian Mcdonald, Jennifer Nelson, Paulo Nenflidio and Anila Rubiku. In 1997, he founded and was Acting Director for fifteen years of the annual ASUAM Short Film and Video Festival.  He has curated over 100 solo and group exhibitions, working directly with artists including Pipilotti Rist, Matthew Moore, Nadia Hironaka, Sean Duffy, Angela Ellsworth, Adam Chodzko and Adriana Salazar.  Spiak currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Museum and Social Issues and is co-founder of Santa Ana Sites, featuring recent programs with David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) and Backhausdance.

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