Last night, I went to an art opening at Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. The new art center is a 45,000 square-foot residential, commercial and educational complex. The goal of the building is to revitalize downtown Santa Ana, CA similar to other projects in Providence, RI.
(G. Ray Kerciu & Sean Tiner)
G. Ray Kerciu, one of my close friends and mentors, had original oils on display. Kerciu exploded onto the art scene in the 1960s with a controversial civil rights series. Shortly afterwards, G. Ray moved to New York City, where he had his own studio. His art openings were very successful in the city with Warhol and Rauschenberg attending them. Later in his life, Kerciu worked at Cal State Fullerton. He mentored several students during his tenure, including my father who earned his MFA during Kercui's tenure.
Last night was special for me, as I enjoyed seeing G. Ray reconnecting with his old friends and ironically having his paintings adjacent to Warhol's photography exhibit.
(Kerciu Art Opening Poster from 1966, signed by G.RAY)