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CSUF Grand Central Art Center

At the heart of the Artist Village in Santa Ana, CA is the Cal State University Fullerton Grand Central Art Center, which was reconfigured by the City for use by CSUF to house a full range of art and educational functions. This 45,000 square foot, three-story arts facility includes:

27 residential apartments and art studios for graduate students
Three classrooms for community outreach, studio art workshops, lectures and meetings.
Three galleries which includes the Grand Central Gallery, Project Room and
Rental and Sales Gallery
Grand Central Theatre, an 85 seat black box theatre
Gypsy Den Café
Watermark Printmaking Workshop

125 North Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Closed Monday
Tues., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 11:00 to 4:00
Friday and Saturday 11:00 - 7:00


Project Room

Aspects of Mel's Hole

Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace

September 6 - October 19, 2008

In 1997 radio host Art Bell first introduced his listeners to Mel Waters, a man from Eastern Washington who claimed to have discovered an ancient and apparently bottomless pit on his property. The story of the hole was remarkable enough, but the subsequent events took an almost surreal bent- Mel was threatened into silence by the US military, exiled into cushy Wombat Restoration service in Australia, and tipped off to a second bottomless pit in Nevada. As the story unfolded over the course of several years, it garnered many followers, not just among connoisseurs of paranormal research, but among artists and writers as well.

After Mel's last official appearance on Bell's show in early 2002, LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey began approaching artists to participate in a curatorial project centered on this contemporary mythological lacuna. The response was overwhelming, and on the 10- year anniversary of the disclosure of Mel's Hole, Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana is proud to present Aspects of Mel's Hole: Artists Respond to a Paranormal Land Event Occurring in Radiospace. The exhibit will include contributions from Georganne Deen, Jeffrey Vallance, Marnie Weber, Paul Laffoley, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, and many others. An accompanying catalog will include short essays exploring the cultural, philosophical, psychological, and scientific implications of Mel's Hole and will include contributions from Harvey, Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, psychoanalyst/art collector Judy Spence, and others.Book Design by Wendy Peng, Editors Sue Henger and Dave Shulman. Special thanks to the GCAC staff and all our supporters.

For additional information please contact:
Andrea Harris-McGee, director
CSUF Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-567-7234 714-567-7233


Dennis Cubbage, Director of Rental and Sales Gallery
CSUF Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
714-567-7236 714-567-7233