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Full Time Faculty

Our faculty includes internationally renowned artists and academics that exhibit and/or curate at different galleries or museums, speak at conferences, or publish their work in art journals.

Jim Keville -Department Chair

Jim Keville, MFA
Department Chair

LCH-B108 | 310.243.3964 | jkeville@csudh.edu

Jim Keville, Associate Professor, Studio Art, received his MFA in 1994 from UCLA with an emphasis in ceramic art. He received his BA degree in 1991 majoring in Design from UCLA as well. In addition to teaching ceramics and sculpture, he has also taught digital photography. His ceramic sculptures have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in several museums and galleries in California as well as nationally. He also uses digital photography as a means for artistic expression.  jimkeville.com

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Publications & Group Shows:
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-scarborough/fetish-feel-jim-keville_b_1341471.html
> http://www.l2kontemporary.com/

Michele Bury

Michele Bury, M.F.A: Professor

LCH B115 | 310.243.3967 | mbury@csudh.edu

She has taught courses in graphic design and motion graphics at CSUDH since 2002, including the conceptualization and capstone portfolio courses. She is currently serving as chair of the department. Her creative work as a designer focuses on social justice and human rights, and she is working on a hands-on interactive typographic treatment of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She has worked internationally as a graphic designer for Roundel Design Group, one of London's top 10 design firms, and in Paris for clients including the Chateau de Versailles Museum. She has also worked as a digital animator for children's television in Los Angeles.

Michele Bury: Drawing on Experience to Inspire Design Students by Laura Perdew http://www.csudhnews.com/2013/11/michele-bury/


Gilah Hirsch

Gilah Hirsch, M.F.A.
Professor of Artimg
LCH B106 | 310.243.3966 | ghirsch@csudh.edu

Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Professor, Studio Art,  has a BA from UC Berkeley, and a MFA from UCLA, is a painter, writer, theorist, filmmaker, and lecturer. She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, design, anthropology, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and world culture. An internationally exhibiting artist in over 250 exhibitions since 1968 in venues ranging from the the Whitney Museum to the Jerusalem Biennale, Israel. Hirsch’s paintings have been acquired by many major public and private collections, and has been reviewed extensively worldwide, has appeared on covers and within dozens of international publications, along with articles and chapters about her life and work.  She has also authored the book “Demonic to Divine: The Double Life of Shulamis Yelin” (Vehicule Press). Hirsch’s film “Cosmography: The Writing of the Universe,” and her current film, “Reading the Landscape,” bring these concepts to children of all ages in sixteen languages and cultures. She also has given over 300 presentations/keynotes on her work at universities, institutes and conferences internationally including a TED X talk at the First International Festival of the Arts in Bhutan. www.gilah.com



Ellie Zenhari

Ellie Zenhari, Assistant Professor, Design, started her teaching career in 2006. She earned her MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design and has been with CSUDH in the Art & Design Department since 2012 teaching photography, motion graphics, 3D animation, and interactive design classes.

She has traveled and photographed extensively around the world, and her work has been exhibited in a solo exhibit in the Library Cultural Art Center at CSUDH (2015-2016), Watts Labor Committee Action Community Gallery (2015), the Louvre Museum in Paris (2015), the International Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami, Florida (2015), Angels’ Gate Cultural Center Gallery (2014), Santa Monica College (2011-2012), and Received the “Special Merit Category” from Light, Space & Time online Gallery (2013.) In 2014, Ellie was anonymously nominated and received the White House prestigious President’s Award in the area of Service.



Kirstin Ellsworth

Kirstin Ellsworth, Assistant Professor, Art History, has a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Indiana University, Bloomington (2005). Publications include :"Printing the Machine in the 21st Century" (The International Journal of the Humanities); “Used and New: Artists’ Engagement with Materials in Southern California in the Late 1950s and 1960s” in The International Journal of the Humanities (2010); “Africobra and the Negotiation of Visual Afrocentrisms” in Civilisations (2009); “David Furman: Participatory Expectations” in The Artist is in the Details: The Ceramic Art of David Furman (2009); Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2011), a co-edited issue on women in the 1950s.  She is the author of "Grace Nicholson: Redrawing the Boundaries of Art and Life" (2008) published by the Pacific Asia Museum. She presented research on architect Edward Larrabee Barnes at the Sixth Asian Conference of the Humanities in Osaka, Japan (2015).  She juried the Los Angeles Printmaking Society exhibition “Man, Machine and Nature” at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles (2012).


Devon Tsuno

Devon Tsuno, Assistant Professor, Studio.  Tsuno received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005 and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2002.  His recent body of abstract paintings on handmade paper focuses on the LA landscapes’ bodies of water and native versus non-native vegetation. He has exhibited internationally in Japan, Mexico, Korea, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. His recent solo exhibitions include Occidental College (Los Angeles), Roppongi 605 (Tokyo), PØST (Los Angeles), and Azusa Pacific University (Los Angeles). He was also awarded a 2014 CCF Emerging Artist Fellowship for Visual Art.




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Gregory Mocilnikar

Greg Mocilnikar received his MFA in 2008 from CSULB majoring in Painting and Drawing.  In 2003 he received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design majoring in Illustration.  Before becoming an Instructional Support Technician with CSUDH he worked as a preparator with various art museums and galleries in California and Florida, and was the Chief Preparator for The Orange County Museum of Art.  He is also an adjunct faculty member for the Art and Design Department.  Since 2008, he has been represented by Walter Maciel Gallery and his artwork has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the Los Angeles area as well as nationally.


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Kathy Zimmerer

Kathy Zimmerer has been Director of the University Art Gallery since 1982.  She has a BA in Art History from UC Berkeley, and a MA in Art History from Williams College, where she was a Kress fellow.  She was a Rockefeller/NEA Museum Training Fellow at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A curator and essayist, she has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary California art, and she was project director for the exhibition and K-12 education project, “Painted Light: California Impressionist Paintings from the Los Angeles Unified School District Collection” funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation.  Since 1976, her essays and reviews have appeared in Art and Cake Online Magazine, ArtScene, Arts, Artweek, Images and Issues and exhibition catalogues.

Kathy Zimmerer-McKelvie, Gallery Director
310.243.3334 tel | kzimmerer@csudh.edu
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