Past Lecturers

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Lorraine Wild
GAUGE Spring Speaker

Lorraine Wild is an award-winning designer, a founder of Greybull Press, and a member of the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts, where she has taught since 1985. Wild received her BFA from the Cambroon Academy of Art. She worked at Vignola Associates in New York before receiving her MFA from Yale School of Art. Her thoroughly informed and deeply sympathetic understanding of the nature of art and design has brought her commissions for monographs on artists and architects as far-ranging as Mike Kelley and Ludwig Miens van der Rohe, as well as books and exhibition catalogues for institutions such as Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Getty Museum, UCLA's Hammer Museum, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Lorraine is an AIGA medalist (2006)

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Kim Abeles
Visiting Artist

Kim Abeles is an artist who crosses disciplines and media to explore and map the urban environment and chronicle broad social issues. The Smog Collector series brought her work to national and international attention in the art world, and mainstream sources such as Newsweek and Dan Rather.

Abeles' mid-career survey, Encyclopedia Persona A-Z , toured the United States and South America, and was awarded the Best Regional Museum Show category for 1993-94 by the International Association of Art Critics.

She represented the U.S. in both the Fotografie Biennale Rotterdam and the Cultural Centre of Berchem in Antwerp. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the United States Information Agency, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and is archived in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Publication Design Collection of the Smithsonian.

Abeles was awarded grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation and Peter Norton Foundation and fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the California Arts Council.

This lecture is presented by Duchamp’s Leg, Student Arts Organization.

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Mark Allen
Visiting Artist

Mark Allen is the founder of Machine Project, an alternative arts space that stages performances, workshops and installations. Machine Project exists to encourage heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious. They provide educational resources to people working with technology. They also collaborate with artists to produce site-specific works, and promote conversations between scientists, poets, technicians, performers, and the community of Los Angeles as a whole.

Sean Aldrin

Sean Aldrin
Visiting Designer

Sean Aldrin M.F.A., Assistant Professor of Art at Northwest Missouri State University attended Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Center College of Design.

Aldrin a Fine Artist and Design professional working in Los Angeles since 1991 has been exhibited extensively across the United States and abroad. Professor Aldrin has shown at Ace Gallery Los Angeles and developed creative advertising for a wide range of clients including MGM, NBC, Pillsbury, Boeing and Heineken.

Mitzi Valenzuela

Mitzi Valenzuela
Visiting Photographer

CSULA Art alum Mitzi Valenzuela is now a well known photographer for Hot Rod Magazine and Vintage Pin Up Photography.

Petrula Vrontikis

Petrula Vrontikis
Winter Design Speaker

Petrula Vrontikis has been a leading voice in graphic design and design education communities for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in over 100 books and publications, and is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. She is the author of the book inspiration=ideas: A Creativity Sourcebook for Graphic Designers and is an editorial contributor to design publications including the AIGA.org Forum.

She lectures at conferences, universities, and to professional organizations worldwide about her work with Vrontikis Design Office, about graphic design education, and on the subject of inspiration. In 2003 she was selected by Graphic Design: USA as one of 100 People to Watch.

She has taught the senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California since 1989, and was as a national advisory board member of the AIGA from 1999 to 2001. She has served on numerous local, national, and international design juries. In 2007 Petrula received an AIGA/Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles.

Cindy Bernard

Cindy Bernard
Visiting Artist Lecture

Cindy Bernard's work explores how our perception of reality is coded by culture. Since graduating with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1985, her work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Internationally she has exhibited in England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Canada and Italy. A director and advisor to Foundation for Art Resources from 1985 to 1990, her art production incorporates curating and organizing exhibitions and events involving art and experimental music as well as public projections. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, Art Matters Inc., California Arts Council, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Phyllis Green

Phyllis Green
Visiting Artist Lecture

Phyllis Green’s sculpture explores issues of gender in romance and in art and issues of craft and decoration. She states “the use of female imagery as form and content, and the use of the medium of clay, continue to be devalued by the art establishment, if not by the culture in broader terms. “ One of her intentions is to challenge the lingering modernist assumption that decoration and ornament, as feminine, are enemies of “high art”.

Raised in Canada, Phyllis Green moved to California to pursue graduate studies in art. She was awarded an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in 1981, and began her professional art career in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of individual artist's fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and a C.O.L.A. grant by the City of Los Angeles. Her work as a sculptor and animator has been exhibited extensively in exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. It was included in "From Head to Toe: Concepts of the Body in 20th Century Art", "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity", both at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in “Fiction@Love” at MOCA, Shanghai in 2006. She has lectured in colleges and universities around the world, and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Art Departments of Loyola Marymount University, U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. Phyllis Green produced and hosted a radio show on the visual arts, LOOK/hear on KXLU, Los Angeles, from 1996-1998. She was appointed to the Santa Monica Arts Commission in 2000, and elected Chair in 2004.

Frank Romero

Frank Romero
Visiting Artist Lecture

Throughout his 40 year career as an artist, Frank Romero has been a dedicated member of the Los Angeles arts community. As a member of the 1970s Chicano art collective, Los Four, Romero and fellow artists Carlos Almaraz, Beto de la Rocha and Gilbert Lujan, helped to define and promote the new awareness of La Raza through murals, publications and exhibitions. Los Four's historic 1974 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was the country's first show of Chicano art at a major art institution.

Since then, Romero has successfully balanced a career in both the public and private arenas. He has completed over 15 murals throughout the city, and was a key contributor to the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival with “Going to the Olympics,” a large scale mural which adorns one of Los Angeles’ busiest freeways (Highway 101). He recently restored this mural with a grant by the Amateur Athletic Foundation, as well as working on new murals for SPARC (Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima) and North East Trees (along the Los Angeles River) and in Silverlake.

Romero has shown extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan. Notable exhibitions include: "Chicanarte" (L.A. Municipal Gallery), "Hispanic Art in the United States" (Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C. and national tour), "Le Demon des Anges" (Nantes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Lund Sweden and Brussels, Belgium), and "American Kaleidoscope" (National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.). His work is featured in many permanent collections, including the National Museum of Art in Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, CA.

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Sherry Frumkin

As owner of a Santa Monica gallery since 1990, Sherry Frumkin has organized over 200 exhibitions with local and international artists. Los Angeles Magazine named her gallery in 1991 as the “best new gallery for emerging artists” in Los Angeles. Exhibitions organized at the gallery have been reviewed in major local, national and international art magazines. Works by gallery artists have been acquired by the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, the Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Laguna Art Museum among other public collections, and by numerous private collectors. She has participated in international art fairs and introduced challenging work by artists from Japan, China, Canada and the former Yugoslavia to Los Angeles.

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Tim B. Wride

Tim B. Wride is the founding Executive Director of The No Strings Foundation, a non-profit foundation established in 2004 whose mission is to provide direct funding to photographic artists. Also, at the time when Mr. Wride judged the Art of Photography Show 2007, he was the Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). During his initial 12-year tenure as Curator of Photography at the LACMA (1992-2004), Mr. Wride curated over twenty-five permanent collection focus exhibitions as well as numerous larger exhibitions including: "Retail Fictions: the Commercial Photography of Ralph Bartholomew" (1997); "Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution" (2001); "Donald Blumberg" (2002); and "Trajectories: The Photographic Work of Robbert Flick" (2004). He is the author of the catalogues that accompanied these exhibitions, and also contributed the photography component and an anthology essay to the exhibition "Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000" (2000) which traced the interaction of fine art and popular culture in creating the identity of California. Wride co-curated and wrote the Aperture monograph for "Pirkle Jones: Sixty years of Photography" (2001) a travelling exhibition that premiered at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and also curated "To Protect and To Serve: Photography from the LAPD Archives" (2002) that has traveled internationally. Most recently, he curated "Hurrell's Men: Hollywood, Glamour, and Masculinity," an exhibition that will be traveling through 2007 for the Sheldon Galleries in St. Louis and "Long Exposures: Contemporary Photo-Essays."

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Robert Williams

Robert Williams was born in 1943 and raised in Alabama and Albuquerque, Williams eventually gravitated to Southern California and the Chouinard Art Institute, but not before immersing himself in the country's nascent youth culture of hot rods, rock n roll, and bowling alley rumbles. He recounts a boyhood spent in drive-in theaters and dirt tracks, honing a life and a style that had little to do with the world of square day jobs he entered after leaving Chouinard in 1963, when, through sheer happenstance, an unemployment agency handed him a job as art director at the studio of his hero, Ed ""Big Daddy"" Roth. Along with tales from his time at Roth studios-which resulted in his famous Roth ads for Hot Rod magazine, not to mention several infamous run-ins with the Hells Angels-Williams demythologizes the 1950s, recalls his association with Zap Comix and R. Crumb, and reflects on todays retro rodders and his own hot rods.