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Marsha Hopkins

Marsha Hopkins
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Teaches In
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Education: 

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)

Bio/Affiliation: 

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

Awards/Honors: 
  • 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
Publications:  
  • 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