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Instructor Bios


Summer of Art courses are taught by award-winning instructors who are practicing professionals, many of whom teach in Otis College's undergraduate and graduate programs. Contact with these instructors provides a glimpse into the working lives of professional artists and designers and introduces you to many career choices in art, design, and related fields. See the faculty bios below for more information about our instructors.

Past Summer Of Art Instructors

Beverly Bledsoe, MFA in Printmaking, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ms. Bledsoe is a professional artist whose work has been included in both group and solo exhibition. She has taught printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics in higher education for over 14 years. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Amy Bond, MFA in Fashion Design, Academy of Art University; BFA in Fashion Design, Stephens College. Ms. Bond is an Associate Professor, Junior Studio, in the undergraduate Fashion Design department at Otis College. Prior to showing at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York in 2012, her Los Angeles made contemporary label ran from 1999-2004, and at its height sold to boutiques in over thirty cities across the US and three internationally. The flagship store at One Colorado in Pasadena was an innovative concept where manufacturing was done on site. Ms. Bond has been a featured designer at several shows around her previous residence of Las Vegas, where she provided design development services under her Udahaus Studio umbrella.

Anita Bunn, MFA in Photography, Claremont Graduate University; BFA in Photography, Art Center College of Design; BA in Fine Art, Trinity University. Ms. Bunn grew up in Houston, Texas but has made Los Angeles her home for more than 25 years. She is currently Adjunct faculty at several local colleges and universities, teaching black and white darkroom photography, digital photography, digital imaging, and studio lighting for photography. She has exhibited locally with Offramp Gallery (recently closed), regularly participates in group exhibitions with local artist-run spaces, and shows her work both nationally and internationally. Ms. Bunn is in many public and private collections, including the Wallace Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Scripps College, and the Capital Group, Los Angeles.

Mike Cedeno, studied at California Institute of Art. Mr. Cedeno has been teaching animation and drawing classes at Otis College since 2013. His professional experience includes 27 years of working as a character animator and character designer for Disney Feature Animation. Extensive list of animation credits include Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and many more within Disney and also other major studios in Hollywood. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Digital Media.

Robert Dobbie, BFA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Dobbie is a freelance illustrator, who draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, Classic Disney, Film Noir and James Ellory. Clients include Hurley, American Airlines, Intel, Fox Family Channel, AFLAC, Snack King, and Murphy Design. Adjunct Professor, Communication Arts Department, Otis College of Art and Design.

Roni Feldman, MFA in Painting, Claremont Graduate University; BA in Creative Studies/Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Internationally exhibited painter, Mr. Feldman’s exhibitions include Yokohama Biennial, Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany; Torrance Art Museum; Vincent Price Art Museum; Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles; Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco. Reviewed in Art Ltd. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Jeanie Frias, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Frias has taught painting, drawing, and college preparation courses for over 15 years.  Ms. Frias has exhibited nationally. She has taught for UCLA, Occidental College, as well as private and home school groups. As a former admissions counselor for Otis, Ms. Frias has extensive knowledge and understanding of portfolio requirements for art school admissions. She specializes in mentoring young artists towards their goal of successful application to the art college of their choice.

Nancy Jo Haselbacher, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, Art Institute of Boston. Ms. Haselbacher has exhibited at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Temple Univ., Rome, The Museum of Urban Art and Culture, Boston, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Marjan Hormozi, MFA University College (Slade School), London; BFA University of North London. Ms. Hormozi studied at Chelsea School of Art, London. A distinguished figurative draftsman and painter, her exhibitions include Factory Place Gallery, Los Angeles and Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle Up-On-Tyne, G.B. She is a recipient of the Artist in Residence Award, North East London Polytechnic and the Cheltenham Fellowship, Cheltenham College of Art. She currently teaches in the undergraduate Foundation department.

Justin Kang, MArch. (Masters of Architecture), University of Southern California; BFA (A/L/I) at Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Kang’s exhibitions include "Minimal Relaxation" featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Shanghai Summer of 2012 and "FluxHome" Featured at the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Fall of 2013. Publications include "Minimal Relaxation," Evolo Magazine and "FluxHome," The Los Angeles Times and Voice of America. He currently teaches in the undergraduate Foundation department.

Chan Koak, BFA in Illustration/Fine Art, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Koak is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited in group shows. She has recently self-published her first illustrated children’s book. Ms. Koak is currently working as a graphic designer and illustrator for children's books and teaches in the Foundation department at Otis College of Art and Design.

Markus Maciel, BFA in Toy Design, Otis College of Art and Design. Currently the Assistant Chair of the Toy Design program at Otis College. Previously worked as the Director of New Brands Design at Razor. Mr. Maciel also worked at International Toy as Director of Product Development and Senior Engineer and Manager of the Digital Training Center at Mattel.

Yoriko Murakami, MFA in Animation, University of Southern California John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts ;BFA in Crafts, Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Ms. Murakami is an animator/filmmaker who has worked on commercial, TV production and documentary films using various animation techniques such as stop-motion, 2D hand drawing and computer. Ms. Murakami worked as an Art Director in advertising in Tokyo Japan in 90's. She teaches in the local area at an arts high school as well as local colleges and universities.

Ruben Ochoa, MFA, University of California, Irvine; BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Ochoa has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2008 Whitney Biennial, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. He's the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and the California Community Foundation in 2004 and 2013. Senior lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Karl Jean Petion, MFA in Film/Video and Fine Art, California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Petion has been an Artist in Residence at the LATE Academies and Renaissance Programs in New York. He has taught art and design in various locations in Los Angeles for several years, participated in “Debating Through the Arts” at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, and was recently exhibited at Lambert Fine Arts in New York.

Evelina Poghosyan, has been infatuated with fashion since she attended her first fashion show at the age of 9. Evelina attended Atex Fashion Academy and Otis College of Art and Design. She won several awards including Rudi Gernreich in Los Angeles , Onward Koshiyama in Tokyo and Samsung Award in Seoul. Her works has been featured at art exhibitions, Los Angeles Fashion Weeks and sold at high profile stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Newman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman. In 2015 she sold her “athleisurewear” company called Peggy Moffitt and shortly after started a new venture called which is all about California lifestyle and sustainable luxury. She taught at Otis on and off since 2005. Currently she is completing her second Masters which is in Business Administration.

Kathleen Quaife, MFA in Computer Arts and New Media, Academy of Art University; BFA, Communication Arts and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University. An artist, animator and educator Ms. Quaife has worked in the animation industry as an effects animator for three decades. Her accomplishments include 25 films, hundreds of commercials, special projects, themed exhibitions, web animation, and flash interactive projects and more. Ms. Quaife’s work at Disney Feature Animation training interns on the animation track, eventually segued into a teaching profession beginning in 2004. She has a strong foundation in classical art training and has been working with digital since it was introduced into the production pipeline of animation production in the mid 1990’s.

Luis Ruiz, BFA Computer Animation (3D), Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Ruiz has worked in the multimedia industry for over ten years. TV production work includes the History Channel, A&E, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. He has created background animations for Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and others. A recent product designer for Mattel Toys, Mr. Ruiz has also done freelance work for Spinmaster, Yahoo, Nintendo of America, and Thomson Reuters. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Walter Santucci, BS, Broadcasting and Film, Boston University, is an animator, puppeteer and filmmaker who has created work for and with such comic luminaries as Monty Python’s Graham Chapman and Margaret Cho. He recently produced animation and puppet segments for Attention Deficit Theater for the CW Network (starring Jaime King and produced by Sarah Michelle Gellar). For over ten years Walter has taught animation at various colleges and universities.

JT Steiny, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Freelance Illustrator, painter, comic artist, cartoonist and book illustrator. Clients include Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Smart Money, Forbes, American Airlines, Rolling Stone, Hollywood Reporter, LA Weekly, Sony Records, Virgin Records, Rhino Records, Warner Bros Records, Capitol Records, UCLA, St. Martin's Press, Rock the Vote, Jim Henson Prods, Saban Enterntainment, Klasky Csupo. Assistant Professor; Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design.

Mayuka Thais, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. A contemporary artist, Miss Mayuka is a bilingual multi-cultural artist, edutainer and art educator who specializes in teaching International School and multi-national students. She has led songwriting classes for at-risk youths involved in San Fernando Valley's NPO Youth Speak Collective Program. At the age of nine, she won her first Art Award from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. A published Art Educator, she is the recipient of Eco Arts Awards for her songs and music videos on animal conservation and ecology. Her most recent song was featured in an Independent Hollywood film, "Half Way to Hell."

Christina Webb, MFA in Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design. Ms. Webb is a graphic designer with diverse professional experience in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. Her work is of a critical nature, looking at social constructs and dialog in public spaces of both physical and virtual sites with a focus on language. Projects exist in multiple media with an emphasis on experience, inviting others into the process while highlighting contemporary civic conditions. Ms. Webb teaches in the Communication Arts department at Otis College of Art and Design.

Scott Zaragoza, BFA Studies in Painting and Drawing, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Zaragoza has been in solo exhibitions at the Salon Gallery, London, U.K. and group shows in both the U.K and Los Angeles including George Billis Gallery. His work has been included in the prestigious Gilbert B. Silverman and was recently featured in Flaunt Magazine Nov, 2014 issue. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.