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Visual Arts

Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth


March 1, 2004 :: No. 165

Thomas Kinkaid
Thomas Kinkade


Who: CSUF Grand Central Art Center and Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery
What: Thomas Kinkade: Heaven on Earth
When: CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) April 3 – June 27

Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery: April 3 – May 13
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 3
Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery, 5 – 8 p.m.
CSUF Grand Central Art Center, 7 – 10 p.m.
A shuttle bus will transport visitors between the two locations during the reception.
Where: CSUF Grand Central Art Center: 125 N. Broadway,
Santa Ana, CA

Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery: Visual Arts Center • California State University, Fullerton, 800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA
Hours: CSUF Grand Central Art Center:
Tue, Wed, Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and
Thurs, Fri, Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery:
12 - 4 p.m. Tuesday – Friday & 12 - 2 p.m. Saturday

Thomas Kinkade, known as the “Painter of Light,” has become one of the most avidly collected, financially successful and controversial painters in history. His paintings are embraced by thousands of faithful collectors and criticized by others for their idyllic scenes, which romanticize and illuminate a fantasy life on earth.

Jeffrey Vallance, author, performance artist and curator, joins CSUF Grand Central Art Center as guest curator. Vallance’s multifaceted examination of Thomas Kinkade and the cultural phenomenon that has grown up around his work encompasses aspects of Kinkade’s fine art, production and religious work. The GCAC gallery will feature original paintings, reproductions, limited edition collectables, furniture, tapestries, ceramics and much more. GCAC Project Room will feature examples of Kinkade’s celebrated Christian artwork, including originals, prints and objects such as a ceramic Kinkade Nativity Scene. A chapel will be built in the gallery to resemble a quaint little country church with church pews and stained-glass windows. For the exhibition opening, the distinguished Reverend Ethan Acres will present a sermon on Kinkade’s religious work. A series of recent paintings inspired by Thomas Kinkade's international travels will be exhibited in the CSUF Main Gallery along with limited editions, furnishings and examples of the distinctive Kinkade architecture designs shown in blueprints, photos and models.

A lecture series, collectors' roundtable discussion and other educational presentations have been scheduled throughout the run of this exhibition. Please visit our website at www.grandcentralartcenter.com for more information on these upcoming events and lectures.

A full-color 168-page catalog documenting the exhibition will be available for purchase. This publication includes 157 images along with essays by guest curator Jeffrey Vallance, art writer Ralph Rugoff, art writer Doug Harvey, artist Thomas Kinkade, CSUF Main Gallery Director, Mike McGee, Reverend Ethan Acres and CSUF Grand Central Art Center director Andrea Lee Harris.

Admission: FREE
Websites: http://www.arts.fullerton.edu/events/
General Info: Main Art Gallery at 657-278-3262
Media Contacts: Andrea Lee Harris, CSUF Grand Central Art Center (714) 567-7234
Marilyn Moore, Art Gallery Office at 657-278-7750
Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at 657-278-2434

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