Gloria Westcott is an artist, educator, curator, and producer who has been based in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She has collaborated with many artists in performances, video productions, and wearable art events and exhibitions including Diane Gamboa, Coco Fusco, Gronk, and Guillermo Gomez Peña. Bilingual and dedicated to the diverse communities of Los Angeles, she has facilitated studio art workshops and museum exhibition tours to audiences of all ages at several cultural institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Watts Towers Art Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Junior Art Center at Barnsdale Art Center. Gloria received a BFA in Communication Arts from San Francisco State University in 1982.
Michael Carter (b. 1975, Cambridge, Massachusetts) lives and works in Los Angeles. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. His work is an investigation into the possibility of universals and the history of science, philosophy, and religion. Recent solo exhibitions include Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) and Open House (Los Angeles, CA). He has participated in group exhibitions at Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles, CA and Bucharest, Romania), Laband Gallery at the Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA), Steve Turner (Los Angeles, CA), and Roberts & Tilton (Culver City, CA).
Peter Wu (b. 1976, Windsor, Ontario) lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was the recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and the YoYoYo Grant, a part of the Los Angeles Initiative of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. Solo exhibitions include Greene Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Patrick Painter Inc (Santa Monica, CA), Power Galerie (Berlin, Germany), and Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokyo, Japan). He has participated in group exhibitions at Parkhaus im Malkastenpark (Dusseldorf, Germany), Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University (Orange, CA), Fellows of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Glendale College Art Gallery (Glendale, CA). Wu will open a solo exhibition at the Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park, CA) in November 2016.
Philip Graulty is a guitarist, educator, and producer who specializes in contemporary and cross-cultural music. He was a featured soloist at the 2016 Solo International Performing Arts Festival in Surakarta, Indonesia and as a chamber musician has performed at LA Phil’s Minimalist Jukebox Festival, the Strathmore Guitar Festival, Feria Internacional del Libro, the World Festival of Sacred Music, REDCAT’s Summer Studio, and MicroFest among others.Graulty's works as a performer, teacher, and entrepreneur have earned him several honors including the National Arts Strategies CreativeCommunity Fellowship, a teaching artist residency at Saga Fest Iceland, and the Sphinx Connect Fellowship in Detroit, MI. Graulty received his M.M. in Guitar Performance from UCLA and is on the faculty of music at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Lopez is a prominent painter and muralist based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in many books and publications, and can be found in permanent museum collections as well as widely collected for private collection. She maintains an open working studio/exhibit space, known as 2 Tracks Studio in Highland Park, CA.
Rachel Curry is a letterpress printer, book binder, and teaching artist from Los Angeles, California. She has worked with letterpress and books arts studios such as Purgatory Pie Press, The Center for Book Arts, Classic Letterpress, The Church of Type, Pie in the Sky Press, and Book Arts LA. Her bookbinding and printmaking workshops have run at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Book Arts LA, the Women's Center for Creative Work, Book Show, and many more. She currently works at Otis College of Art and Design in the letterpress lab and with artworxLA as a teaching artist.
Roderick Smith is a BFA graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. He has studied at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York and at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. He and his wife Linda Miller are the creators of the nationally known and award-winning fabric sculpture known as “The Cadena Dolls.” Smith has had numerous one-man painting exhibitions in the Northwest. He is currently represented by the Broderick Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Catalina Artists Market in Avalon, and the Villa and Veranda Gallery in San Juan Capistrano. Smith developed his love of art from his grandmother in Pennsylvania who produced and directed fourteen years of outdoor theater in her community. She retired and took up painting in the 1950’s. Smith slept in her studio on childhood vacations. Here he was introduced to the sights and smells of a real working studio.
"Valerie Hager is a “not to be missed” (NoHo LA) actor, award-winning solo show writer-performer, teacher, and movement artist. She has performed on stages throughout NYC including but not limited to Off-Broadway 59E59, The Barrow Group, as well as having written six solo shows that have traveled throughout the US, UK, and Europe. Her solo show, Naked In Alaska, has performed over 60 times to over 5,000 audience members around the world—including Off-Broadway, Edinburgh Fringe, Rome’s GendErotica Festival, and the Last Frontier Theatre Festival founded by Edward Albee in Alaska itself. This fall Naked In Alaska will make its Los Angeles debut at The Bootleg Theatre. Valerie appeared in Warner Brothers' The Invention of Lying, Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia, Discovery Channel's Guilty or Innocent, and the award-winning short film The Harshest Place. She is currently in training at The Actor’s Gang and developing Naked In Alaska her one woman show into a series. Lastly, Valerie’s writing and movement workshop SOLOfire has been featured at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, awarded numerous New York City grants and has been brought to New Mexico; Rhode Island, and the prestigious Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Her earliest training came from her father, mime artist Jerry Hager, as his silent sidekick Punky the Clown. Later, she continued to train in mime and movement under Rick Wamer at The School for Mime at Kenyon College.
P. Valerie Dauphin is The Dancing Life Coach, Adjunct Faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s University, and the Award-Winning Author of Feel Good Kick Ass Confidence: Using Your Body to Rock Your Life. Combining her experience as a life coach with her background in dance/fitness performance and instruction, Valerie created the Rock Your Life Danceshops™ as a vehicle for individuals to discover and live true to their personal missions, dreams, and values. Valerie’s dance background is in Salsa, House, Samba, Hip Hop, and numerous dances of the African Diaspora. She has participated in CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater’s Futuro Dance Intensive, served as Executive Board Member of African Rhythms Drum and Dance Troupe, and served as a judge for the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in the dance category. Past teaching and workshop facilitation experience includes: American Cancer Society Relay for Life, The I Have a Dream Foundation, Inner City Arts, YWCA Annual Health Fair, Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the Venice Eco-Festival.
Zoë has worked alongside youth as a counselor, advocate, activist and educator for over 20 years. Influenced in her own practice by the unique quality and freedom found in children’s art and Outsider art, Zoë believes that art making can and must be accessible to everyone and seeks to incorporate racial and people’s struggles in her capacity as teaching artist.