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Art Department

Art for the real world

 

Contact us

For questions about the Art Department please contact:

 

Ken Alexander

Art History, Studio Art, Humanities
kalexander@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7819

Curtis Corlew

Photography, Graphic Design
ccorlew@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7820

Lucy Snow

Ceramics, Sculpture
lsnow@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7821

 

 

Meet the Faculty & Staff

 

Ken Alexander

Ken Alexander

Art History, Studio Art, Humanities
kalexander@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7819

 

Ken Alexander

 

Who art thou?

I am a student, a learner, an artist and a scholar.

 

Spirit Color:

A gradation of red to orange to yellow to white.

 

Ice Cream:

Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

I cycle, walk, read, watch movies and do all the work I cannot do AT LMC!

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

A short-handled #00 sable watercolor brush.

 

Secret Weapon:

Irony

 

Art Super Power:

To know the point of diminishing returns.

 

Philosophy:

"The more you know, the more you know."

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

I read my 400th book, since my recordkeeping began in 2003. (That's 30 books a year for the math-challenged.)

 

Best Art Disaster:

Cut the tip of my thumb off with an X-Acto knife, but was able to reattach it!

Curtis Corlew

Curtis Corlew

Photography, Graphic Design

ccorlew@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7820

 

curtis with hat

 

Who art thou?

I'm a good tennis player for being a photographer, a good cyclist for being a journalist, and very computer savvy for being an artist.

 

Spirit Color:

Purple with Sparkles

 

Ice Cream:

French Vanilla. If vanilla were more dangerous to get, or more rare, it would be recognized as the stunning flavor it is, and not be a euphemism for bland.

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Ride my bike to LMC.

 

Art Weapon of Choice:

 

 

Secret Weapon:

Wax-based chain lube and Arabian Mocha Sunani. Separately, not mixed.

 

Art Super Power:

Photoshop reality distortion.

 

Philosophy:

It's not how well the bear dances, but that the bear dances at all.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Three dimensional kinetic photo sculpture.

 

Best Art Disaster:

Cyanotypes. Too many variables.

Lucy Snow

Lucy Snow

Ceramics, Sculpture
lsnow@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7821

 

 

Who art thou?

I think, therefore I art.

 

Spirit Color:

GREEN

 

Ice Cream:

Pistachio

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Homework! Sculpt, garden, hike, play music.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Fettling Knife

 

Secret Weapon:

Porcelain Paper Clay

 

Art Super Power:

Salt Firing

 

Philosophy:

Woulda Coulda Shoulda

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Took two art classes during sabbatical.

 

Best Art Disaster:

Don't put plaster down the sink! Ever!

Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez

Printmaking
esanchez@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7826

 

 

Eric with roller

 

Who art thou?

I doth maketh art.

 

Spirit Color:

Rainbow Sherbert

 

Ice Cream:

Chocolate, cold and/or frozen

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

I explore places I have not been to, sometimes neighborhoods, parks, and find places to walk our dogs.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Break-a-way blade; paper doesn't stand a chance!

 

Secret Weapon:

I can make mock ups and actually create art that looks like them on site. Using photos, the Adobe Suite, and some design sketching techniques, a digital mock up is born.

 

Art Super Power:

Creative problem solver, there is always an answer; however, sometimes the answer is less intriguing than the path to get there.

 

Philosophy:

Make art, challenge yourself and make the mundane magical.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

I am working with a laser cutter and its application to art and printmaking. pew. pew.

 

Best Art Disaster:

I once did a commission where the ladder came loose on a stairwell. I fell and with paint can in hand, bouncing the contents of a quart of paint onto the client's rug. A complete disaster, we rushed to clean the rug, and within 2 hours, there were no remains...phew. One of the client's workers came in a half hour after the cleanup and did not notice a thing.

Ian Bassett

Ceramics, 3D Design
ibassett@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7821 ex 77481

 

Who art thou?

Educator, Potter, Sculptor, Maker

 

Spirit Color:

Green

 

Ice Cream:

Chubby Hubby

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Cycling, running, or in the studio.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Clay

 

Secret Weapon:

Bronze casting

 

Art Super Power:

Making things, then doing nothing with them.

 

Philosophy:

Never give up!

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Went surfing for the first time, now I foresee a new addicting hobby.

 

Best Art Disaster:

Eh, All my disasters were the best!

Ty

Ty Carriere

Animation, 3D Modeling

(925) 473-7822 ex 77480

 

Who art thou?

Geek, Artist, Dad, Trekkie, Superman Fan and gamer who worked for NASA, Intel, Sega and was in charge of a Game Art and Design program.

 

Spirit Color:

According to a test, I'm purple.

 

Ice Cream:

Strawberry and French Vanilla

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Hangout with my daughter watching movies, playing games, or driving with the top down, weather permitting.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Maya, Mudbox or my airbrush

 

Secret Weapon:

Can't tell ya, it's a secret.

 

Art Super Power:

Can 3D Model super fast.

 

Philosophy:

You can't control what cards you're dealt in life, but you can always control how you play them and still win.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Got my Black Belt after many years of training.

 

Best Art Disaster:

An air brush portrait that was almost done got a drop of water on it when I was transporting it and pulled the ink across the face.

Donna

Donna Fenstermaker

Watercolor, Drawing

(925) 473-7822 ex 77825

 

Who art thou?

Artist

 

Spirit Color:

Red

 

Ice Cream:

Darjeeling tea and sour cherry

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Work, paint, garden, answer my cat's demands.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Brush

 

Secret Weapon:

Humor

 

Art Super Power:

Being Alive

 

Philosophy:

Anyone can make art, as it satisfies the beast within, and it is a journey not a product.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Moving to larger-scale watercolors

 

Best Art Disaster:

A larger scale watercolor

Nick Nabas

Nick Nabas

Art History
nnabas@dvc.edu

(925) 969-7000 ex 77615

 

Who art thou?

Meh

 

Spirit Color:

Blue

 

Ice Cream:

Peppermint

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Grade papers...and hone my guitar knowledge.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Um...rasp?

 

Secret Weapon:

Humor (specifically, blatant punnery).

 

Art Super Power:

Reverse-engineering art's context.

 

Philosophy:

"The wise man knows that he knows nothing." —Socrates

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Landing this teaching gig at LMC!

 

Best Art Disaster:

Playing it safe.

Judi Pettite

Judi Pettite

Drawing, Figure Drawing, Painting

jpettite@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7822 ex 77479

 

Who art thou?

Mad scientist-explorer-maker

 

Spirit Color:

Gold

 

Ice Cream:

Lime-Thyme sorbet

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Write, Paint, grade, garden, read, hike, travel.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Random Orbital Sander

 

Secret Weapon:

Green Juice

 

Art Super Power:

Make paint from earth or any plant.

 

Philosophy:

Creativity is Our Birthright

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Went to the gym.

 

Best Art Disaster:

Indigo blender explosion left my kitchen and computer blue. (computer didn't fare so well)

Soraya Renteria

Art History

 

 

 

Who art thou?:

A very convincing hologram

 

Spirit Color:

Anything neon

 

Ice Cream:

Mango!

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

I spend a lot of time at the dog park.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Glitter

 

Secret Weapon:

Google

 

Art Super Power:

Near obsessive levels of patience

 

Philosophy:

Every roadblock is an opportunity to take the scenic route.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Recently learned to appreciate Rothko (still working on the rest of the abstract expressionist).

 

Best Art (History) Disaster:

I once accidentally dropped a set of rare, incredibly expensive interlibrary loan books into a busy San Francisco mailbox. It took me over a month to track them all down.

rebecca talley

Rebecca Talley

Marketing, 2D Design, Graphics

rtalley@losmedanos.edu

(925) 473-7822 ex 78184

 

Who art thou?:

An artist, designer, teacher... student of life.

 

Spirit Color:

Green & Blue... peace, harmony, balance, communication.

 

Ice Cream:

CHOCOLATE... also my favorite “food group..

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

Assist others... on the journey.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

MAC... the possibilities are endless.

 

Secret Weapon:

Music... it's the rhythm of life.

 

Art Super Power:

Fine Arts & Graphic Arts... creating in “both” worlds.

 

Philosophy:

Accidents... an opportunity to embrace the unexpected.

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Students... discovering their talents.

 

Best Art Disaster:

Pottery Wheel... it looked so easy!

Jaime Tamrakar

Jaime Tamrakar

Instructional Assistant, Photography

 

 

Jaime Tamrakar

 

Who art thou?

I am a brilliantly flashing light, billions of times per second, creating the three-dimensional image of me.

 

Spirit Color:

Mysterious Gray

 

Ice Cream:

Vanilla forever! (And ever, and ever)

 

When Not at LMC, what do you do?

In reality, staying on top of my graphic design homework, cooking and researching healthy recipes, cycling, or exercising like a maniac. But only madmen see the world as it really is. I would prefer that you, Gentle Reader, would imagine me sitting in front of a sunlit window, my arm brushing against the tapestry of an elegant pillow. I would be drinking a cup of coffee from my favorite mug and absorbed in a book of Billy Collins poetry. I smile as the page finishes on a poignant note and gaze outside upon the leapingly-green spirits of trees and, beyond them, the blue dream of sky.

 

Art Weapon of Choice?

Definitely my camera

 

Secret Weapon:

Bowling Ball, or knitting needles.

 

Art Super Power:

Fold a reflector in a single twist.

 

Philosophy:

"If you love a flower that lives on a star, then it is sweet to look at the stars at night; all the stars are abloom with flowers."

 

Most Recent Accomplishment:

Won Honorable Mention in the Photographer's Forum Best of College Photography award.

 

Best Art Disaster:

The time I accidentally left my ISO at 3200 in bright sunlight whist visiting a world-famous temple in Nepal. Almost all the shots were ruined.

 

There was also one time I sat on a tray of paints...Don't ask what color.