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By Brittni Plavala 7-12-12

Mike McGee is a Southern California local and remarkable alumnus of Fullerton College. After receiving his MFA in Studio/Art Theory from UCI in 1980, Mike’s career undoubtedly expanded the study and deliberation of the arts in Orange County. He has gained much renown working as an art writer, curator, professor, and gallery director since 1982. As a professor at CSUF from 1992 to present, he created and teaches the only university art history course on the southern California region. McGee has curated over 300 exhibitions and nearly doubled the amount of works in the CSUF sculptural garden.

Visionary, concept originator, and project administrator are just a few of the titles Mike McGee has earned for the highly successful Grand Central Arts Center (GCAC) in Santa Ana. In 1994, with the unique partnership of local activist Don Cribb, these two influential leaders sparked life into the “Artist Village.” GCAC catalyzed a cultural revival in the arts and bridges gaps between resident and showcasing artists and performers in an expansion of support for the community.


“About Grand Central Art Center: General Information”.

“Visual Arts Department Faculty: Mike McGee”.

Thu 11/8/2012 10:26 AM

Bob, Just a brief note on my experience at FCC. It was at FCC that I decided to study art. I took a class from Professor McFadden and I like it. Then I took a class from Bob Miller. Then Nixon Borah. I was so inspired by these classes and these instructors that I change my major from Marketing to Art. Thus began my career in the arts.

1973-75, AA

Department or Specialty:

Visual Arts


Gallery Director of Begovich Gallery at CSUF

Director of Exhibition Design/ Museum Studies Program

Associate Professor in the Department of Art

Art critic and writer

Member of Mayor’s Arts Task Force for the city of Santa Ana

Established Richard Newquist Memorial Sculpture Court

Cofounder of Grand Central Art Center