Art (323) 343-4010


Manuel Aguilar

Assistant Professor of Art; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Contact: (323) 343-4054

E-mail: maguila2@calstatela.edu

Dr. Aguilar has traveled four continents doing interdisciplinary study of art, history, anthropology and philosophy. He is an expert in the art and culture of Latin America, with specialties in pre-Columbian, Colonial and modern Mexico. At present, he is conducting research in the art and history of pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America. He is also co-directing an interdisciplinary research project about Ulama: The Survival of the Mesoamerican Ballgame with James Brady of the Anthropology Department that includes ten CSULA students.

Fluent in: Spanish.


Luis Bermudez

Assistant Professor of Art; MFA, UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4042

E-mail: lbermud@calstatela.edu

Luis Bermudez’s expertise is in ceramic art with a focus on sculpture. With an interest in all disciplines within the visual arts, Bermudez is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Visual Artists Fellowship Grant.

Fluent in: Spanish.


Barbara Ann Boyer

Professor of Art; Ph.D., University of Oregon-Eugene

Contact: (323) 343-4024

E-mail: bboyer@calstatela.edu

Barbara Boyer is an expert in the field of art education, specializing in multicultural education and uses of technology to improve visual and aesthetic learning. She has co-authored “Using Interactive Video in Education,” and has her research published in numerous scholarly books and journals. In 1991, Boyer was named the Pacific Higher Education Art Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. Boyer has served as the chair of the Art Department and has received the Cal State L.A. Outstanding Professor Award. She was the past president of the U.S. Society of Education in Art (USSEA) and has been selected to work on Federal Government Technology and Art Education research projects.


Elizabeth R. Bryant

Professor of Art; MFA, University of Florida

Contact: (323) 343-4026

E-mail: ebryant@calstatela.edu

Elizabeth Bryant’s expertise is in the areas of photography and installation art. She has held exhibitions of her art works both nationally and internationally. Numerous reviews and interviews have been done on Bryant’s creative works.


Jack Butler

Professor of Art; MFA, UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4051

E-mail: jbutler@calstatela.edu

Jack Butler is an artist whose specialty lies in the area of photographic image making. He is a past recipient of an Individual Artist NEA grant and has had his work exhibited nationally and internationally for the past 25+ years.


Mikyung Mika Cho

Professor of Art; M.F.A., Sook Myung Women’s University

(Korea); M.A., Ed.D., Illinois State University


Contact: (323) 343-4022

E-mail: mcho@calstatela.edu

Dr. Mika Cho is an art educator, researcher, educational consultant, and visual artist. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Art, and in the K-12 Teaching Credential programs. She also advises and supervises pre- and in-service art teachers and graduate students in Art Education. Her research interests are in art-related and educational issues, such as art and culture, portfolio assessment in teaching and learning, learning style preferences of diverse students, and aesthetics in historical context through publications and extensive conference presentations internationally and nationally. As an artist, she has numerous shows of her studio work (abstract paintings) in various galleries, museums and Web sites.

Fluent in: Korean.


John Funakura

Professor of Art; MFA, Cal State L.A.

Contact: (323) 343-4025

E-mail: jfunaku@calstatela.edu

Funakura’s field of expertise is in the areas of environmental design. His work is recognized nationally and internationally. He is also known as an architectural illustrator nationwide.

Fluent in: Japanese.


Michael Henderson

Associate Professor of Art; MFA, Otis Art Institute

Contact: (323) 343-4035

E-mail: mhender@calstatela.edu

Henderson is an expert on image processing, Adobe Photoshop, graphic design, communications design, political graphics, illustration, typography, book design, visual and textual narratives, environmental graphics, design history, painting, watercolor, drawing, and three-dimensional design.


Carol S. Jeffers

Professor of Art; Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park

Contact: (323) 343-4021

E-mail: cjeffer@calstatela.edu

Dr. Jeffers’ areas of expertise within art education include pre-service teacher education, multicultural art education and curriculum theory. Other specialties include cultural implications for aesthetic response and preference, and pedagogy as art form and implications. Jeffers was selected by the National Art Education Association to receive the 1999 Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award.


Tony Longson

Professor of Art; (M.A. equivalent) Bicentennial Arts Fellow, England

Contact: (323) 343-4034

E-mail: tony@design.calstatela.edu

Professor Longson is one of the major innovators and forces in the field of computer graphics. His work is recognized throughout the world, appearing in the Reading University Collection (England); Gemeente Museum (The Hague, Holland); Congressgebouw (Scheveningen, Holland); Arts Council of Great Britain; WED Enterprises (California); Carl Machover Collection; and various private collections. He is involved in the Cal State L.A. animation degree program with interests in multimedia production.


Robert Martin

Professor of Art; B.S., Florida A&M University, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Contact: (323) 343-4021

E-mail: rjmartin@calstatela.edu

Robert Martin is a composer and visual artist. He is presently serving as chair for the Department of Art at California State University, Los Angeles. He is working on developing programs in video game design and interactive performance. He has had the opportunity to perform and exhibit in Haiti, Germany, Russia, Brazil, France, and main land China. He enjoys showing the world the benefits of using both science and technology to improve themselves as artist and as human beings.


Jimmy Moss

Assistant Professor of Art; B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design; M.F.A., Yale School of Art

Contact: (323) 343-4025

E-mail: jimmy.moss@calstatela.edu

Jimmy Moss runs a creative studio, which works in publication design, branding, advertising and print management. Previously, Professor Moss was the creative director of Corbis Images, and a senior art director for Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising. Moss’s clients have included Wells Fargo, Taco Bell, Levi Strauss, Disney as well as a variety of non-profit organizations. He maintains a strong interest in questions of information design, typographic communication, wayfinding, and the ethical responsibilities of a designer in society. Moss also serves as the faculty advisor for the student AIGA group, the chair of the Design Option and the Graphic Design Area Coordinator.


Jim Ovelmen

Assistant Professor of Art; B.F.A., Illinois State University, M.F.A., CalArts

Contact: (323) 343-4033

E-mail: jovelme@calstatela.edu

A visual artist and animator, Jim Ovelmen’s multimedia work has been shown internationally with exhibits in numerous museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Vienna, and Tokyo. He has been active in a dual career of exhibiting his artwork and performing 3D animation assignments for the entertainment industry. His feature film credits include The Rugrats Movie, Rugrats in Paris, South Park Movie Bigger, Longer & Uncut, The Wild Thornberry’s, to name a few, where he has provided 3D animated content to many otherwise 2D animated scenes. His drawings and paintings are owned in many private collections. His numerous exhibitions often include video projection, 3D animation, drawing and sculpture.


Carol Tuntland

Associate Professor of Art; M.A., CSU Long Beach

Contact: (323) 343-4033

E-mail: ctuntla@calstatela.edu

Professor Tuntland’s field of expertise is fashion. Her current focus is in apparel fashion design using traditional Chinese textiles. In fashion merchandising, she possesses previous business experience with Woodward and Lothrop in Washington D.C., Leiter’s Designer Fabrics in Colorado, Alaska and California, and Nordstrom in Southern California. She is most interested in the integration of all phases of the fashion industry as it exists in the Los Angeles area. History of costume textiles is of special interest to Professor Tuntland. Her major areas of research are in Chinese fashion and apparel manufacturing Armenian costume & textiles.


Connie Utterback

Professor of Art; M.F.A., UCLA

Contact: (323) 343-4026

E-mail: cutterb@calstatela.edu

Connie Utterback’s area of expertise is fiber art. She teaches color theory and fundamentals of art.


Richard Wearn

Assistant Professor of Art

Contact: (323) 343-4048

E-mail: rwearn@calstatela.edu

A New Zealand-born sculptor, Wearn has exhibited his work at the Donald Judd Foundation, Marfa, Texas; The Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center; The Physics Room, Christchurch New Zealand; The Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati; The Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Roski Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and Schindler House, Los Angeles.