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Marsha Hopkins

Marsha Hopkins
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Teaches In
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Masters of Fine Arts, (Creative Writing), Otis College of Art and Design, (2002)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Painting), Otis College of Art and Design, (1997)


I received an MFA in Creative Writing and a BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design.  I am a published writer, a painter, and I am proficient in metal casting, jewelry design, and ceramics.

After teaching two classes in  Continuing Education in 2000 and 2001, I began teaching in the LAS Department at Otis College of Art and Design in 2002. I am currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Over the years, I have taught various classes, from core classes to electives in LAS. I recently had the honor to interview: Michael D. McCarty, Emory Douglas, Doug Minkler, and Art Sims and learn more about their lives and practice. Otis College of Art and Design hosted a panel discussion on Black Entrepreneurs. The panelist were members of the History Council at California African American Museum, and it was my pleasure to be the moderator.

I joined the History Council at CAAM  in 2008 and became council chair in 2016. I served on the Project Committee and was chair from 2016 to 2017.  My service to CAAM includes: attending meetings and events, researching, writing, editing, collaborating, moderating, interviewing, developing, designing, conducting, and contributing to projects brought forth by the History Council or by CAAM curatorial staff. In 2019, I joined the Biddy Mason Foundation Committee.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Literature Association
  • Worldwide Freelance Writers
  • Beyond Image (Online Magazine)
  • Toni Morrison Society
  • Faith Foster Families Network
  • Member of Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation
  • California African American Museum:

          Previous Chair of Project Committee
          Chair of the History Council
          Chair of Executive Committee
          Volunteer since 2008

  • Curricular Diversity Grant /Spring 2018
  • OARS Grant /Fall 2017
  • With Purpose SMBG Poetry Contest/ Honorable Mention
  • Volunteer of the year CAAM 2012 & 2015
Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  
  • Participated in the Exploring Creativity event 2014 and 2015.
  • Presented in a panel at AICAD 2019.
  • Member of Faculty Learning Committee on Diversity Spring 2020
  • Co-Curated an exhibition of student work at the Mamye Clayton Library and Museum/ The student work remains in the permanent collection.
  • Co-Curated an exhibition at Pacific Azusa University for the St. John’s Bible Celebration
  • Edited  and collaborated on the design and text for free standing banners for the exhibition at Pacific Azusa University.
  • Chaired the organizing committee for the Bus Tour of Black Churches in Los Angeles
  • Edited and contributed to Tour of Black Churches
  • Compiled and edited booklet “Sunday Best”
  • Edited and contributed to California Timeline a History of Early Los Angeles
  • Interviewed Artist Cynthia SAINT JAMES at Conversation@CAAM on site.
  • Interviewed Colonel Ralph Smith, Co-founder Tuskegee Airmen Archive at U.C. Riverside  
  • Interviewed Robert Moriguchi  Interned/Incarcerated during WWII
  • Organized/ Moderated Passing the Torch: Intergenerational Activism in the 21st Century at the California African American Museum
  • Interviewed Storyteller and Black Panther Michael D. McCarty
  • Moderator/Panel Discussion Black Entrepreneurs of the Jim Crow Era
  • Member of the FLC Diversity Committee at Otis
  • Member of the Planning Committee for Black History Month at Otis

Reading Engagements

  • Barnes and Noble, Santa Monica
  • Track 16, Santa Monica
  • Jancar Gallery, China Town
  • MOCA, Pacific Design Center
  • Stephan Cochran Gallery Los Angeles
  • Garb: A Fashion and Culture Reader “My Bangles”, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008
  • Otis Review, Beauty Otis College of Art & Design  
  • Stalker, 64 pp., Nothing Moments, 2007  
  • Sampling Black Churches CAAM Editor, writer, researcher
  • Martin’s Funeral/ Beyond Image (Online Magazine)
  • James Beckworth /Beyond Image (Online Magazine)   
  • Juan Francisco Reyes /Beyond Image (Online Magazine) 
  • Short Story “Dogs” / Postmedia books
  • Short Story “Martin”/ City Pride Magazine
  • Neighbors and Other Extraordinary People (Novel in progress)
Clients/Employment History:  

Teaching Experience
2015 to Present Adjunct Assistant Professor Otis College of Art and Design
2010-2015 Senior Lecturer Otis College of Art and Design
2002-2010 Lecturer Otis College of Art and Design

Continuing Education
2001-2000 Beginning Watercolor
2001 Jewelry Design/ Silversmith 

Liberal Arts and Sciences 2002-present

  • Composition and Critical Thought (1st year core class)
  • Critical Analysis and Semiotics (1st year core class)
  • Creative Non-Fiction (Sophomore Elective)
  • Black Car Culture (Senior Integrated Learning)
  • Capstone (Senior core class)
  • WITDA (1st year core class)
  • WOK (1st year core class)
  • Civil Rights: Then & Now
  • Civil Rights Movement: Artist
  • Developmental English II