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Al Awar, Khaled - 2017

Amend, Richard - 2010

Aragonés, Sergio - 1996, 1999

Arrowsmith, Dawn -2011

Art City Collective - 1992

Bachardy, Don - 2017

Barr, Neal - 2011

Berkus, Barry A. - 2007

Bernstein, Emily - 2004

Bernstein, Saul - 2000

Blackburn, David - 2013

Botke, Cornelis - 2002 (post.)

Botke, Jessie Arms - 2002 (post.)

Botke, Kitty - 2002

Boulez, Pierre - 2003

Brace, Hilary - 2019

Brennan, Christine -2001

Bristol, Horace - 1997

Britton, James (post.) - 1999

Bronstein, Charlotte -2000

Brooks II, Ernest - 2003

Brott, Boris - 2006

Brown, Robert - 2009

Burns, Karyl Lynn - 2009

Burton, Cindy Pitou - 2013

Byeok, Song - 2018

Cardella, Joe - 1997

Carson, Karen - 2018

Cavish, Jackie - 2011

Chapin, Michelle - 2001

Childress, Gayel - 1997, 2002

Clark, Leslie - 2000

Collins, Bert - 1997, 2005

Cook, Susan - 2015

Cooper, Carlisle - 1998, 2004

Creighton, Lynn - 2007

Crotty, Russell - 2018

Cummings, Marcia - 1997

Davis, Michael - 2008

D'Leon, Omar - 2019

De L’Esprie - 2004

Decker, Beverly - 2011

del Aguila, Miguel - 1998, 2000

Deng, Yue - 2015

Deppe, Rich - 2016

Dill, Laddie John - 2015

Dorsey, William B. - 1998

Duby, JoAnne - 2001

Dvortcsak, Michael - 2000, 2013

Linda Ekstrom - 2019

Elder, David - 1999

Elder, Linda - 1999

Engel, Robert - 2000

Estes, Merion - 2018

Eyberg, Robert - 2001

Fan, BiJian - 2013

Fins, Alberta - 2001

Flores, Richard - 2014

Forbes, John - (Art City, 1994)

Fox, George -2009

Franklin, Richard - 2005

French, Aimee - 1998

Friedlander, Carl - 2016

Fumagalli, Barbara - 2002

Fumagalli, Orazio - 2002mon

Furmanski, Matt - 2007

Furmanski, Monica - 2009

Gall, Theodore - 2000

Gallup, David - 2011

Gerlach, Luther - 2012

Geyer, George - 2013

Goodman, Dane - 2018

Graca, Jim - 2003

Granata, Donna - 2008, 2016

Grasso, Carlos - 2019

Gray, Colin Fraser - 1997, 2011

Gutierrez, Porfirio - 2017

Hallas, Tony - 1998

Hannon, Catherine (Art City, 1994)

Hanrahan, Mary Beth (MB) - 1992

Hanson, Lynn - 2017

Hassani, Shamsia 2017

Hauf. Tim - 2018

Healy, Wayne Alaniz - 2006

Heino, Otto - 1998

Hendricks, William - 2007

Hodges, Lee - 2008

Houston, Bobby - 2003

Hunter, Dorothy - 2004

inkspots - 2015

Irie, Ichiro - 2019

Jenkins, Connie - 2000

Jenkins, Tom - 2012

Johnson, Wesley - 1999

Johnson-McMillin, Gerri - 2006

Jones, Cassandra C. - 2008

Jorgensen, Mikael Erik - 2017

Julian, Joanne - 2014

Kaufman, Susan R. - 2010

Keit, Richard - 2001

Kellaway, Roger - 2012

Kennedy, Mary - 2001

Kildee, Maggie - 2014

Kirk, Norman - 1998

Kitchel, Karen - 2016

Knauff, Steve (Art City, 1994)

Koch, Gerd - 1997, 2002

Kron, Virginia - 2010

Kwan, Jonny - 2003

Laby, Jordan - 2015

Lamar, Howard - 2004

Lang, Gary - 2006

Layman, Dan - (Art City, 1994)

Lee, Jo Ellen - 2016

Leffel, David - 1997, 2007

Lewis, Karen - 2012

Lindhard, Paul - 1998

Liu, Katherine Chang - 2002, 2013

Lizée, Erika - 2019

Lochner, Douglas - 2015

Loehr, Sherry - 2003

Mann, Jeff - 2018

Massarella, Frank - 2005

Matzkin, Alice - 2005

Matzkin, Richard - 2010

McCarthy, James - 2014

McCaslin, Viqui - 1998

McEnroe, William - 1998

McEwen, Bill - 2009

McGuire, Katherine - 2005

McKillop, Debra - 2005

McMillin, Gerri-see Johnson-McMillin

McMillin, Tom - 2003

McQuaide, Leslie - 2010

Mehta, Nuvi - 2004

Michel, Mary - 1999

Miller, Sally - 2008

Milton, Carole - 1995

Minet, Cynthia - 2008

Montgomery, Carlyle - 1996

Moore, Michael - 1997

Morla, Christine - 2007

Moses, Ed - 2010

Moskowitz, Bob - 2004

Mulfinger, Jane - 2017

Nava, John - 1999, 2002

Nelson, Marta - 1997, 2006

Neuwalder, Janet - 2013

Nichols, John - 2010

Nielsen, Margaret - 2017

Noelle, Valerie - 2003

Odor, Paula - 2001

O’Neil, James - 2009

Oppenheim, Dennis- 2002

Partridge, Rondal -2008

Pastine, Ruth - 2007

Pearce, Michael - 2009

Perea de la Cabada, Rafael- 2019

Petty, Susan - 2005

Piasentin, Joseph - 2004

Pidduck, Gail - 2006

Pogofsky-Harris, Elisse - 2004

Post, Patti - 2011

Poteshman, Len - 2011

Pownall, Peggy - 2019

Preston, Astrid - 2019

Price, Sandra - 2016

Privitt, Bob - 2008

Provenzano, Chris - 2012

Puccinelli, Keith - 2010

 

Rackus, Richard - 1998

Ray, Roxie - 2010

Raz, Sylvia - 2004

Regehr, Duncan - 2000

Reilly, Jack - 2002

Reinman, Mick - 2019

Reiss, Roland - 2010

Richards, Eric (Art City, 1994)

Rickards, Robert - 2003

Rinchen-Wongmo, Leslie - 2015

Rivas, David - 2014

Robertson, John - 2017

Rohde, Michael - 2006

Romero, Frank - 2014

Rose, Adrielle - 2004

Rosenak, Carol - 2002

Rowe, Teal - 2005

Rupp, Nancy - 2000

Saar, Alison - 2018

Salazar, Phil - 2013

Sanchez-Halpert, Tesi - 2009

Sanders, Audrey - 2008

Sanders, Jeff - 2005

Sardisco, Frank - 2004

Scharling-Todd, Helle - 2012

Schloss, Richard - 2015

Scott, Lindsay B. - 1997, 2001

Seco, Ernesto - 2003

Serena, Lorraine - 2002

Shaw-Sutton, Carol - 2018

Simshauser, Duane - 2003

Singer, David - 2018

Smith, Robert G. - 2008

Sohm, Joseph - 2012

Sol, Demper - 2004

Spaulding, d m (Doug) - 1997

Stewart, Albert (post.) - 1999

Stinsmuehlen-Amend, Susan - 2006

Strong, Ray - 2004

Stuart, George - 1999

Stum, Tracy Lee - 2014

Suttman, John - 2007

Taft, Dr. Burns - 2001

Taylor, Linda - 2009

Texana (post.) Berger, Wendy - 2003

Thomas, Cheryl Ann - 2006

Thompson, Leslie - 2007

Tibbles, Susan - 2014

Todd, Michael Cullen - 2012

Torres, Sylvia - 2010

Toth, Myra - 2007

Trumbo, Christopher - 2005

Turovsky, Jo Ann - 2004

Twitchell, Kent - 2017

Unzicker, Elaine - 2016

Vallejo, Linda - 2009

Viola, Bill -2011

Waggoner, Kathy - 2008

Wallace, Kevin - 2008

Webb, James L. - 2009, 2016

Weber, Sally - 1997, 2001

Webster, Guy - 2009

Wheeler, Jackson - 2013

White, John - 2011

Whitman, Nancy - 2003

Wood, Beatrice - 1999

Wu, Jenchi - 2012

Yepes, George - 2009

Yoshimoto, Hiroko - 1999

Zimmerman, Elyn - 2013

 

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Phone: 805.653.2501
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Donna Granata

Donna Granata

Founder and Executive Director

Donna Granata is the Founder and Executive Director of Focus on the Masters (FOTM), a highly respected non-profit educational program documenting contemporary artists. Founded in 1994, the goal of FOTM is to demonstrate the importance of the arts to society by bringing highly accomplished artists to the forefront of the community. The program presents its research to a broad public through photographic exhibitions, the Artist Spotlight Series, a video-taped interview series, Learning To See educational outreach to schools and youth centers. Focus on the Masters has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of its outstanding contributions to arts education including the 2005 inaugural Ventura Mayor’s Art Award – Arts Educator and the 2007 Ventura County Arts Council Art Star Award. Focus on the Masters is recognized as one of the leading arts organizations in the state of California.

In addition to her ongoing lecture series for Focus on the Masters, Donna teaches classes for the Road Scholar Elderhostel International including an Introduction to the J. Paul Getty Museum and Getty Roman Villa. Special lectures trace the careers of photographer LIFE Horace Bristol and painter John Nava, creator of the tapestries commissioned for the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA. In addition, she has lectured for the journalism department at UCLA on the ethics of photography. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2005 by Elderhostel International.  Among her most recent awards is the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the City of Ojai, CA.

An accomplished artist in her own right, Donna Granata is an internationally published and award winning painter turned photographer.  Her photographs have been displayed across the United States.  Selected works from her FOTM portrait series are housed in the Smithsonian's Archive of American Artists; in the photographic Collection of the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and other public institutions that house the personal archives of the artists documented.

Donna received a Bachelor’s of Art Degree and Honorary Masters of Science Degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography where she was an adjunct professor in the Portrait Department. She received a Master’s Degree in Arts Journalism from USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, graduating with honor. Granata is listed in Marquis Who’s Who of American Women.

Aimee French

Aimee French

LTS Education Director

Aimee French is a lifelong artist whose earliest memories are of being fascinated by shapes, edges and textures. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from The Ohio State University. Having explored and worked in a wide range of mediums, a painterly quality marks much of her work, even when using the hardest materials. It is process oriented, and symbolism is often used. After many years of painting on silk and with oil, her current mediums are assemblage, felted wool and encaustic.
Aimee joined Focus on the Masters as the Learning to See Outreach Education Director in January 2011. Her extensive arts education experience includes class instruction, program development and management serving populations from all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and learning levels.
Her experience in museum education, certification as a Social/Emotional Arts Facilitator and 7 years working in humane education has given her a broad insight into the importance of how and what we learn manifests in a student’s life. Her goal is to nurture inspiration and trust in one’s unique creative voice. See Aimee’s latest works at www.facebook.com/TheBouStudio/.

Christine Beirne

Christine Beirne

Office Manager

Chris has been volunteering for FOTM off and on for the last 27 years. She was the marketing director for a horticultural firm and then, once she earned her B.A. in Studio Art, she became the marketing director for Buenaventura Art Association. After a few years, she was offered the position of Executive Director and utilized her management, artistic and computer skills to grow fundraising and membership. She is currently an Ojai Studio Artist and is on the board as well. When Chris isn't working on the computer, she's painting. You can view her work at www.ChristineBeirne.com.

Jessica Diaz

Jessica Diaz

Learning To See Artist Faculty

Jessica Diaz is an artist currently attending California State University of Channel Islands majoring in art with an emphasis in animation. Narratives and story are her favorite aids to the arts, which are reflected in the of personality and character story of her work. She also works with the Santa Paula Art Museum as the current Assistant Art Educator. Growing up in Santa Paula, she acquired influence from the life of agriculture and a California setting. Her introduction into arts education came alongside her interest in museum culture, wanting to know the process of the artist's work and their exhibitions in museums. She has taught in classrooms through Artist In Residency programs with elementary students, led school tours ranging from k-12 grades, and taught children’s art classes through the Cole Creativity Center.

Gabriel Islas

Gabriel Islas

Learning To See Artist Faculty

Gabriel Islas grew up in the coastal city of Oxnard, California. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from Academy of Art University, San Francisco. After graduating, he moved back to his roots in Ventura County where he teaches oil painting courses for adults, teen art programs and workshops for kids through VITA Art Center, The Santa Paula Art Museum and the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Gabriel is a member of the California Art Club and has exhibited at the Santa Paula Art Museum’s ‘12th Annual Art About Agriculture’, the CAC virtual exhibit ‘Welcome toCalifornia’, and a dual-solo show at the Conejo Valley Art Museum. His current work expresses the drama of the Southern Californian atmosphere across the local landscape. Gabriel joined the Learning To See team in 2021. Visit his webpage at gabrielislasart.com.

Jamie (Jem) Morris

Jamie (Jem) Morris

Learning To See Artist Faculty

Born and raised in Artesia, California, Jem Morris moved to San Francisco to study at the Academy of Art University. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in oil painting.  Throughout her collegiate career, Jem developed a fixation on the art of expression, particularly through traditional illustration, imaginative realism, and abstraction. She won 1st place at the Academy of Art University’s Spring show in the Undergraduate Abstraction category. In November 2019, Jem moved back to Southern California to pursue a full time career in art, eventually moving to Ventura to teach at various locations including Vita Art Center, Cole Creativity Center, and the Oxnard Performing Art Center.  Visit Jem at instagram.com/jemfinearts.

Elizabeth Souza

Elizabeth Souza

Learning To See Artist Faculty

Elizabeth Souza life’s path has given her the opportunity to work in many artistic genres. She is a painter, fiber artist, craft teacher, published writer, and dancer. Her work is influenced by her diverse cultural background as an immigrant from the Netherlands of mixed ancestory. She holds a BA in Art with an emphasis in painting from California State University Channel Islands, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree from California State University Northridge.  Visit her webpage at www.elizartist.com.

Jo Ellen Lee, PhD

Jo Ellen Lee, PhD

Volunteer Office Staff: Executive Assistant

Data Entry, Statistical Analysis
Master Beader, Expert in Medical Genetics, Ret.
Email: JoEllen@FocusOnTheMasters.com

Gale Willhite

Gale Willhite

Volunteer Office Staff: Archive Administration

Paralegal, Ret.

Fran Stewart

Fran Stewart

Volunteer Office Staff: Archive Administration

Accountant, Ret.

Laurie Peterson

Graphic Designer

Peterson Graphics
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