FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THOMAS KINKADE, “HEAVEN ON EARTH”
Curated by Jeffrey Vallance

Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center
April 3 – June 27, 2004
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 3, 7-10pm

Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery
April 3 – May 22, 2004
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 3, 5-8pm

Shuttle buses will transport visitors between the two locations during the reception.

CSUF Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 567-7233, fax (714) 558-4145
E-mail, <gcacgallery@fullerton.edu>
Web site, <http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com>
Hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m;. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery
800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA
(714) 278-3262, fax (714) 278-2390
E-mail, <mmoore@fullerton.edu>
Web site, <http://www.arts.fullerton.edu/events>
Hours, Tuesday – Friday: 12 - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 12 –4 p.m.
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Thomas Kinkade

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 Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center and Main Art Gallery as guest curator. He presents a multifaceted examination of Thomas Kinkade and the cultural phenomenon that has grown up around his work. Known for his innovative installations, Vallance has designed a series of unique environments using Kinkade paintings and ephemera.

A 168-page catalogue, published by Last Gasp Press in San Francisco, accompanies the exhibition. Included are essays by Jeffrey Vallance, Thomas Kinkade, Doug Harvey, Ralph Rugoff, the Rev. Ethan Acres and Cal State Fullerton Gallery Director Mike McGee. The Rev. Acre's essay is in the form of a sermon that he will deliver the night of the opening dressed in a robe made of Kinkade fabric in the Vallance-designed Kinkade Chapel at the Grand Central Art Center.



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