Donna Westerman

Donna Westerman

www.donnawesterman.com

Donna Day Westerman grew up in Ontario and Michigan, where she attended the Detroit Institute of Arts and Crafts (now the Center for Creative Studies) and the University of Michigan. She began her professional career at the age of 14 when she produced greeting cards for National Artcrafts. In 1960 she moved with her family to Boston, where she attended the Boston Museum School. After a year in Spain and England, where she attended London Polytechnic, she returned to the family home in Tustin, California, and enrolled in the masters program at Otis Art Institute. She majored in painting and printmaking and graduated summa cum laude in 1966. She is now a professor emeritus, retired after 32 years at Orange Coast College, where she served as department chair for 20 years and taught printmaking, painting, experimental painting, illustration, life drawing, color and design, computer graphics, set design and humanities.

In 1979 she started the first computer graphics department in the nation to be housed within a fine arts division. She developed its curriculum and served as its director for 11 years. During this time she was considered one of the early pioneers in the field and served as a consultant and appeared as a speaker at numerous conferences and events. She won many honors and awards for her efforts, including the “Innovator of the Year” award for both the college and the district. She has been the subject of a number of videos and articles of artists in Southern California and has appeared on CBS TV as the subject of a 15 minute interview. Donna is past president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), has served as editor of Newsprint, the journal of LAPS, and as Chair of the 18th National Printmaking Exhibition held in Pasadena in the fall of 2006. In 2009 she curated a major exhibition of large scale prints held at the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College.

Recently she has moved to the Bay area where she is an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and also works out of her studio in the warehouse district of Oakland, near Jack London Square. She is currently developing a new body of work based on natural elements.

Dale Klein was born in Buffalo NY and spent most of her life in Upstate New York.  After 25 years as a Clinical Social Worker, she received her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art in 2006 and her MFA from Rutgers in 2010. She is now living and working in Rochester. Dale is a painter and printmaker whose primary interest is in the post-industrial landscape of the Northeast United States as a microcosm of what is happening to our country and most of the developed world.  She is interested in the concept of entropy and how it affects contemporary life. Working on the boundary of abstraction and realism, she transforms her world in order to delve into it deeper emotionally and let the viewer bring his or her preconceptions to it. Since 2006, Dale’s prints have been in numerous national juried shows and have won several prizes including the Purchase Prize at Hunterdon Museum of Art. She had solo show at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2012, a two-person show in Rochester in 2009 and a three-person show at Nazareth College in Rochester in 2105. She has been chosen to participate in two juried portfolios, the Syracuse University Printmaking Department MFA Portfolio and the Purdue University Portfolio, Disguise. In 2012 Dale was commissioned to create the annual patron print for the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and in 2015, The College at Brockport purchased a print for its new Liberal Arts Building. Her work was also selected to be in the Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s 20th annual show and she was admitted to the LA Printmaking Society. She has been awarded a residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Hambidge Center, and The Millay Colony. She has  taught printmaking at the Garfield Middle School in Revere, MA and printmaking, painting, and drawing at the Creative Workshop at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.
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