Current Teaching Staff
Hisako Asano received her BFA and MFA from the University of Southern California. Hisako has thirty-two years of teaching experience at USC and other schools throughout Southern California, focusing on Japanese painting and watercolor.
Larry Ashton studied at Art Center College of Design and received his BFA from Parson's School of Design. He has been illustrating for national magazines and newspapers since 1982, and has been teaching art since 2002.
Loretta Ayeroff has been teaching photography in Los Angeles for over twenty years at UCLA Extension and Otis College of Art+Design Continuing Education, where she ran the Associate of Fine Arts Degree Photography Program. Her work is widely published and included in museum and university permanent collections.
Elonda Billera received her MFA in drawing and installation from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in ceramics from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She lives, works, and exhibits in Los Angeles.
Marylene Camacho received her BFA in 2005 from California State University at Long Beach, and her MFA in 2011 from the California College of the Arts. She is currently exhibiting in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Hannah Cassell is a Los Angeles based artist specializing in portraits and landscapes. Originally from the UK, where she received her BA, she has been living in Los Angeles for the past 4 years. In addition to her teaching, Hannah has established art programs for children and seniors in low income housing.
Thom Dower studied art at the University of Iowa and Otis Parsons and worked as a commercial graphic designer and illustrator. He currently teaches at the Exceptional Children's Foundation and with the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.
June Edmonds received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. June is an exhibiting and teaching artist who has received a number of public art commissions. She also teaches at PS Arts and Cerritos College.
George Evans is a Los Angeles-born artist. He received his BFA in fine arts from CalArts. He teaches at Los Angeles Trade–Technical College and exhibits nationally.
Alexis Garcia received her BFA in drawing at Arizona State University and is currently working towards her teaching credential at California State University, Los Angeles. She teaches art in LACMA's On-Site program at partnering city libraries, other community organizations in Los Angeles, as well as internationally in Switzerland.
Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca is a visual artist and writer working in various mediums, including digital, painting, photography, and short fiction. Gustavo’s artworks have been exhibited in museums and art galleries around the world. Gustavo has traveled extensively throughout Japan and studied sumi ink calligraphy with Rinzai Zen Buddhist monks at Tenryu-ji Temple in Kyoto.
Maite Gomez-Rejón received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has coordinated programs and taught in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Getty Villa.
Shannon Green is an artist, educator and administrator. His abstract paintings are featured in private collections and exhibitions in Los Angeles and the East Coast. He has taught at The Los Angeles Art Association, L.A. City College, and The Academy of Art University.
Peggy Hasegawa is a paper-lover specializing in handmade book arts. An arts educator for more than twenty years, she teaches classes and festival workshops at LACMA and other museums and institutions in Southern California.
Kady Hoffman received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, as well as a Certificate of Completion from the Royal College of Art in London, England. Currently, Kady teaches at the Growing Place-Marine Park in Santa Monica. Her work has been shown internationally, and in collections in the U.S, Mexico, and Europe.
May Jong is a Los Angeles-based artist with an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. She exhibits her work nationally and teaches in museums and schools in Southern California. She is co-founder and co-director of an artist space in Los Angeles.
Rosanne Kleinerman is a painter, jewelry designer, and art educator whose work has been exhibited across the United States. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaches art to children and adults at LACMA, UCLA, and at various schools in Los Angeles County.
Caitiln Lainoff received her MFA from CalArts with a focus on scene design and puppetry. She works as a freelance designer, teaches design at California State University Northridge, and heads the puppetry program for CalArt’s Community Arts Partnership program.
Kyungsoo Lee received her MFA in painting from the Sungshin University in Seoul, Korea. Her paintings have been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and the United States. A painter and instructor for more than 25 years, Kyungsoo has taught in Southern California and for the University of Hawaii, Kauai Community College campus.
Jesus Mascorro received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design with a minor in education. He has been a teaching artist for various art institutions and organizations throughout Los Angeles and New York City.
Earnest Merritt is a Los Angeles-based artist who received his MFA from CalArts in 2005. He has shown his work in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, London, Tel Aviv, and Cuba. He is an art educator specializing in drawing and sculpture, and has been teaching in Southern California for several years.
Tom Miller received his BFA, MFA, and teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. He has exhibited his work in Mexico and the United States. He taught elementary school for ten years, in addition to teaching at California State University, Long Beach.
Valentina Mogilevskaya is a teaching artist in Los Angeles with a BA from the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture. She is a practicing painter working in various media, and works with youth in the Los Angeles community.
Leena Pendharkar is a writer and filmmaker with a Master’s degree in documentary film production from the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; she teaches writing and filmmaking at Loyola Marymount U. and Otis College of Art and Design.
Lisa Oxley is a Los Angeles-based artist who received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She exhibits her work in Los Angeles and internationally. As an art educator, she has taught and lectured at the Escola d'Arts i Oficis in Barcelona, and in Los Angeles at Pierce College, the Brentwood Art Center, and the Norton Simon Museum of Art. Ms. Oxley is also a certified instructor of mindfulness awareness meditation with over 12 years of a personal daily practice.
Marianne Sadowski completed her Master's degree in painting at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City, where she was born and raised. She has been exhibiting her paintings and prints in Mexico and the United States, and has been teaching art for the last eighteen years in cultural centers, museums and non-profit organizations.
Nori Shirasu, born in Nagoya, Japan, began painting at an early age. He has an Architecture degree from Chubu University and a master’s degree in Studio Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. He participates in numerous studio and commercial projects in Los Angeles, and also teaches traditional Japanese Arts at museums and cultural institutions.
Pamela Smith Hudson is a painter, printmaker based in Los Angeles. A UCLA graduate, studied art, art history, museum studies and dance. 15 years experience working in the art material industry as an art educator and consultant.
Stacey Vigallon received her MS in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and completed the UC Santa Cruz Science Illustration Graduate Program. She is a biologist, illustrator, and educator with Los Angeles Audubon, developing projects that incorporate science, art, and community engagement. She has also completed projects in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone.
Michael Wright is a painter who works in traditional and electronic media. He exhibits internationally, and is currently associate professor in the digital media and liberal studies programs at Otis College of Art and Design.
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