Peter Clothier has been writing about art and artists since the early 1970s.  A recovering academic, he taught at USC for 8 years when he first came to Southern California; he was Dean and Director of Otis Art Institute, 1976-1979, and Dean of the College of Fine & Communication Arts at Loyola Marymount, 1981-1985.  Since leaving academia in 1985, he has worked as a freelance writer, publishing two novels and a memoir, as well as scores of articles and reviews in national art journals.  He is also the author of David Hockney in the Abbeville Modern Masters series.  His most recent passion is a weblog, “The Bush Diaries,” a daily “conversation” with the current occupant of the White House, also now available in book form. Visit "The Art of Outrage" with Peter Clothier


Marlena Doktorczyk Donohue currently teaches Art History and Critical Theory at Otis College of Art and Design. She is also currently the Co-Editor in Chief of the Los Angeles art digest, ArtScene. Her chapter, "The Semiotics of the Bikini," will appear in the book “Garb,” Prentice Hall, due out in 2007. She has also lectured at Pepperdine University, UCLA and California State University.  She is a former art reviewer for the “Los Angeles Times” from 1985 to 1991, the Art Critic for the “Evening Outlook” from 1990-2003, and she continues to contribute critical arts writing to many professional publications and journals. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and is on the Editorial Board of the organization Art Historians of Southern California. Her assistant curatorial credits include: “Excess Baggage: Sculpture by Emilio Garcia,” 2004-2005; and “Mexican Otis,” Mexican Consul, 2003.  She is currently working on a book on Beat and performance artist, Michael Bowen. Visit "Context" with Marlena Donohue


Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a journalist and art critic specializing in the topics of art, design and architecture. Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, was her first book and the most definitive biography of the artist to date.  She is currently writing the text for Modernism Rediscovered Volume II, the architectural photographs of Julius Shulman, which is being published by Taschen in the spring of 2007.  She is a West Coast contributor to ARTnews magazine. Over the years, she has also written for Art in America, Artforum, and Art Net, contributed catalogue essays on the work of contemporary artists such as John Baldessari and Alexis Smith. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and Western Interiors and Design. She often lectures on modern and contemporary art and in March, 2003 was honored by the International Association of Art Critics in being asked to deliver what was then called the "Clement Greenberg lecture."   Visit Hunter Drohojowska-Philp's "Hunter's Gatherings" with Hunter Drohojowska-Philp



Mat Gleason is the founder and publisher of Coagula Art Journal, the defiantly independent Los Angeles-based magazine of deconstructive, impassioned art criticism.  The early issues of Coagula were anthologized in the book MOST ART SUCKS (Smart Art Press, 1998).  The New York Times described Gleason as a famously provocative Los Angeles art critic, while the L.A. Weekly once referred to him as a cranky, self-exiled gossipmonger.  Gleason co-starred in the 1998 art world documentary "Art City: Simplicity."  His almost-daily blog "Editor's Life Unedited" is linked at the coagula.com website.  A 20-year resident of Downtown Los Angeles, he lives at the Brewery Art Colony and is President of the Brewery Art Association.  He has written about art and culture for dozens of publications including ArtScene, The Los Angeles Downtown News and Britain's Modern Painters magazine. Visit Mat Gleason's "The Mat Gleason Seven"


AVR Publisher Bill Lasarow co-founded ArtScene, the monthly digest to visual art in Southern California, in 1982, and has served as its publisher and editor since.  He launched artscenecal.com, the Web site version of ArtScene, in 1995.  During 2006 he developed the newest ArtScene venture, ArtScene Visual Radio.  Lasarow is a graduate of UCLA and CSU Long Beach, completing a graduate degree in studio art in 1976.  He served on the Los Angeles Board of Directors of Los Angeles Visual Art (LAVA) (1980-86), and Los Angeles Artists Equity Association (1980-87).  With muralist Kent Twitchell he co-founded the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles in 1987, serving as its President through 2004.  Lasarow is a longtime affiliate of College Art Association and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).  He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife Sandy and daughter Eliana. Visit this month's "The AVR Show"
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