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Cara Levine

Cara Levine
Associate Adjunct Professor
Teaches In
Fine Arts

MFA California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2012, BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.


Cara Levine lives in Los Angeles, CA.  Levine is an artist exploring the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic, and illusionary through sculpture, video, and socially engaged practice.  She is the founder of This Is Not A Gun, a multidisciplinary project aiming to create awareness and activism through collective creative action. Levine is currently an associate adjunct professor in Fine Art and Foundations at Otis College of Art and Design and has worked in the disability arts community since 2011 in roles at various progressive art studios including the Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Inglewood, CA and Creative Growth, Oakland, CA. She organized the first annual Self-Taught Artists Fair with Public Annex in Portland, OR in 2017.


Levine has shown work in various places including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, YoungArts Miami Art Basel, and The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.  She has been a recent artist in residence at The Arctic Circle Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute for Equal Justice, Sim Residency in Iceland, Anderson Ranch in Colorado CO, and The Reciprocity Retreat by Asylum Arts and the American Jewish University (AJU).  She has hosted workshops at The DeYoung Museum, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Creative Time, and the MOCA Warehouse with For Freedoms Congress, among others. In April 2020, the This Is Not A Gun book was published by Sming Sming Books and Candor Arts Press and includes the writings and illustrations from 40 artists, writers, healers, and activists, on 40 objects police have "mistaken' for guns.