Visiting Artists

The NEA award supports our Directed Studies series that brings artists together with residents of Skid Row and South Los Angeles. Visiting artists lead workshops that provide hands-on instruction in advanced mosaic art techniques.

  • Deb Aldo

    2013

    Deb Aldo is an artist working primarily in pebble mosaic. She led our artists in a collaborative pebble mosaic stepping stone workshop, where artists created their own stepping stone that became part of a larger overall design.

  • Karen Ami

    2021

    Karen Ami is the executive director of the Chicago Mosaic School and gave our artists a virtual tour of the space and talked about her own mosaic work on a Zoom during the pandemic.

  • Beth Barror

    2009 • 2011

    Beth is an interior designer who taught some of our first workshops. One class was focused on creating a mosaic table, where artists worked together. The second class was a collage under glass workshop.

  • Jolino Beserra

    2011 • 2012 • 2017

    Jolino is a local Los Angeles mosaic artist who focuses on the style of pique assiette, using recycled materials. He has worked with our artists several times, on both individual pieces and a collaborative project.

  • Linda Biggers

    2020

    Linda Biggers is a mosaic artist and eggshell mosaic artist. She led a virtual workshop during the pandemic where our artists reeived kits of materials and created their own eggshell mosaics.

  • Monica Currie-Johnson

    2021 • 2022

    Monica is a mosaic artist from Northern California and has supported our artists in many ways. During the pandemic, she shared both her artwork and process. She also taught our first live workshop after the pandemic where artists learned to work with natural materials, specifically slate.

  • Charles Dickson

    2013

    Charles Dickson is a renowned sculptor here in South Central Los Angeles. He visited our artists and led them in creating some unique sculptures using a variety of materials.

  • Matt Doolin

    2011 • 2012 • 2013

    Matt owns and operates Topanga Tile Works and works in ceramic tile. He has led our artists is creating specialty tiles for some of our public works, including Villas at Gower and Entangled Bank in Irvine Valley College.

  • Carolyn Elaine

    2020

    Carolyn Elaine is a well-known public artist working in Chicago and visited our artists virtually during the pandemic to share her process and work.

  • Kim Emerson

    2012 • 2013 • 2021

    Kim Emerson is a public mosaic artist and has taught our artists different techniques for mosaic application. She also joined us during the pandemic to share a presentation on artist Niki de Saint Phalle.

  • Katherine England

    2015

    Katherine is a southern California artist, specializing in journaling and mosaic. She led a workshop with our artists in making their own journal, creating self-portraits on the cover using collage techniques.

  • Bonnie Fitzgerald

    2021

    Bonnie Fitzgerald is a mosaic and ceramic artist from Washington D.C. She visited our artists virtually during the pandemic and talked about her artistic journey

  • Susan Gamble

    2014

    Susan runs a company called St. Theresa Tile Works and focuses on custom ceramic tile making. She worked with our artists to create their own individual tiles for use in their own projects.

  • Sherri Warner Hunter

    2012 • 2014

    Sherri is a sculptor and public artist who worked with our team on our first large-scale work for Villas at Gower, teaching the team how to sculpt from polystyrene foam and create mosaic sculptures. She also led a workshop where artists created their own garden sculptures.

  • Aya Kinoshita

    2018 • 2019

    Aya, born in Japan, living in Pennsylvania, worked with our artists on collaborative projects, creating artwork that is featured in our new space.

  • Kelley Knickerbocker

    2010 • 2019

    Kelley is a mosaic artist from the state of Washington. She has inspired our artists through workshops on using recycled materials and glass on glass.

  • Laura Letchinger

    2018 • 2019

    Laura is a fine art painter in Los Angeles and has done two projects with our artists. We collaborated with Laura in interpreting one of her large paintings "FLY" into mosaic. Laura also led our artists in a experimental paint and mosaic workshop.

  • Laurie Mika

    2009 • 2020

    Laura is a Southern California artist working with polymer clay. She has led our artists in making their own polymer clay tiles in several workshops throughout the years.

  • Adriana Mufarrege

    2021

    Argentinian artist Adriana visited our artists during the pandemic, virtually, to talk about her experiences with public and collaborative art.

  • Janet Nordlinger

    2011

    Janet is an artist working with seashells. She led a workshop making seashell mirrors with our artists.

  • Noni Olabisi

    2021

    Noni Olabisi was a well-known and respected muralist here in South Central Los Angeles. She worked with our artists on one of our large-scale commissions, Firestone-Phoenix mural, teaching them painting techniques that were combined with mosaic elements.

  • Hanoch Piven

    2010

    Hanoch Piven is an Israeli mixed media artist best known for his celebrity caricatures. He visited our program and led a workshop working with a mixture of all sorts of materials--from plastic to metals--to make whimsical portraits.

  • Anne Marie Price

    2015 • 2017

    Anne Marie is a mosaic artist, working primarily in glass and has led workshops working with glass on stone and making mosaic butterflies.

  • Gila Rayberg

    2020

    Gila specializes in Pique Assiette, a form of mosaic that makes use of recycled materials. She worked with our artists to create unique pieces using broken plates

  • Carol Shelkin

    2016 • 2017 • 2018

    Carol is an artist from Philadelphia, working primarily in stained glass. Her workshops with Piece by Piece focus on color theory, impressionism, and portraiture.

  • Karen Silton

    2011

    Karen Silton is a local artist who works with ceramic and mosaic. She has led workshops on tile painting with our artists.

  • Lillian Sizemore

    2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2016

    Lillian Sizemore was one of our first visiting artists. In each of her workshops with our artists, she focuses on mandala making--both drawing and mosaic.

  • Mireille Swinnen

    2016 • 2019

    Mireille is a world-renowned artist who has worked with our artists on several occasions. She has taught some techniques including the reverse method, and using thinset as a substrate and the group created a large collaborative mosaic.

  • Aida Valencia

    2010 • 2011

    Aida is a well-known mosaic artist from Tijiuana who has worked with our artists creating three-dimensional artworks.

  • Anabella Wewer

    2020

    Anabella Wewer is a mosaic artist working in stone. She led a virtual workshop during the pandemic, talking about andamento--the flow of pieces within a mosaic.

  • Wasentha Young

    2021

    Wasentha Young is a mosaic artist from Michigan. She led a workshop on small mosaics virtually during the pandemic. Artists were sent kits and then worked alongside Wasentha via Zoom.