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03 / 02 / 17

Q&A with LCAD MFA in Painting Candidate, Teresa Hill Q: Who is your LCAD graduate mentor, and why did you choose her/him? A:  I had a couple of mentors but I’d say Luis Serrano stands out as the most important of them. Luis believes in guiding a student toward their original voice without imposing his in the mix.  He’d make suggestions about technical issues and ask the important question, “what are you trying to say,” rather than tell me I should add this or subtract that.  And Luis would (and on occasion still does) send me articles and... View Article

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02 / 22 / 17

Q&A with LCAD MFA in Painting Candidate, Cody Jimenez

Cody Jimenez Major: MFA Fine Art – Painting Age: 26 Undergraduate degree: Bachelor’s of Fine Arts – New Mexico State University Website: Q: Who is your LCAD graduate mentor, and why did you choose her/him? A: The only mentor I have had throughout the program is F. Scott Hess. There have been plenty of opportunities to work with other mentors, but overall Scott was the best choice for my work. His work carries intriguing narrative, colors, and technical skill. Scott has been an amazing mentor by sharing his experiences... View Article

02 / 17 / 17

Q&A with LCAD MFA in Painting Candidate, Stephanie Leonard Q: Who is your LCAD graduate mentor, and why did you choose her/him? A: I have worked with several mentors while in LCAD’s MFA in Painting program and they all have challenged me in a positive way and have added something unique to my artistic journey. I have worked the longest with D.J. Hall. I was intrigued by the storytelling nature of her paintings and her amazing use of color. We paint very differently, she is a representational realist artist and I am more of a surrealist, but I... View Article

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02 / 25 / 16

Olivia Healy-Mirkovich in “Art and Spirit” a group show

Olivia Healy-Mirkovich is now in her 2nd semester of the Drawing MFA program here at LCAD.  Some of her recent work is in the monumental group show “Art and Spirit” at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles.  The opening reception is February 27th from 4-6p.m. This will be one of those nights to remember!  If you can’t make it, the show runs from February 27th-April 24th, 2016. “Growing up in a Catholic household, the stark religious iconography of the church was deeply influential in my development as an artist.... View Article

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05 / 02 / 15

Rising Stars !

Well, it is finally here. Tonight is the opening of the first of two MFA grad shows at Q art salon in Santa Ana. It has been a challenging, sometimes frustrating, and oft times invigoration experience for most of us who have gone through this journey. For those of us who challenged ourselves conceptually, emotionally, intellectually and technically, we come away with a sense of pride and accomplishment that no one can take away from us. We have met and worked with many amazing artists along the way, each one... View Article

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03 / 16 / 15

Orange Blossom Perfume

If you have been out in Laguna canyon as of late in the early evening hours, you have been privy enough to smell the sweet, heady perfume of the blooming orange blossoms. It is a gift from the universe, so don’t let it pass by without a sniff or two. The weather has been perfect, warm, but perfect. But here in Laguna Beach, it is just about perfect everyday. The MFA studios have been abuzz with activity as we are all getting ready for our mid-term reviews. A few of us... View Article

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02 / 28 / 15

Nose to the Grindstone

Nose to the Grindstone:   Well January and February passed in a flash here at the LCAD MFA studios. We have had a few of our group discussions on Tuesday evenings where 2-3 graduate students present recent work to fellow graduate students, faculty and mentors. It is always a great turn out and gives us a rare opportunity for some wonderful discussions and insights into our work as we move through the spring semester.   For ten of us, this will be our last semester here as we graduate this... View Article

LCAD MFA students in the paper conversation lab at The Getty.
09 / 03 / 14

Masters and Mentors

Masters and Mentors- Hello all of you out there. FYI, currently the LCAD Student Blog pages do not allow for comments but feel free to leave your ideas, comments and opinions  in the comment section of the  the MFA Facebook  page. So now, let’s get on to the fun stuff. A couple of really great events we LCAD MFA students were able to experience over the last week was a private tour arranged by Peter Zokosky, of the paper conservation lab at the Getty Museum , and the LCAD version of... View Article

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08 / 14 / 14


Anticipation! Hello all, Therese Conte here, your current LCAD MFA rep. I hope you are enjoying your summer. Though I will be writing this blog, I consider it everyone’s blog. So, yes, I will be giving you information about current happenings and deadlines and noteworthy exhibitions along with insights into the LCAD MFA experience, but more importantly, I want to have a dialog with you about what is going on in the world at large. Because, it is through the exchange of ideas, that we learn and grow and hopefully,... View Article

08 / 16 / 12

N A T U R E | N U R T U R E

I recently organized a show with my friend and colleague Robin Smith titled NATURE|NURTURE.  We both explore similar themes in our work and have been wanting to combine forces for a while.  Opening night was August 3rd and it was a blast.  We had a great turn out, lots of delicious food, and our two bodies of work complimented each other very well in the same gallery space .  We will have a closing reception August 31st if you were not able to make the opening. Here is the info:... View Article