Visiting Artist/Mentorship Program
HOPE Art Lab seeks to expand the art practices of artists with and without disabilities through artistic exchange, bridging the gap between artist and community; art world and outsider.
This project is funded in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America grant for the 2015/2016 cycle.
2015/2016 Visiting Artists/Mentors
About Cheryl Walker (paired with HOPE artist Marvin Castillo)
Inspired by fluid movement and organic form, Cheryl Walker’s drawing centered interdisciplinary practice is informed by automatic drawing and intuitive mark making. She has been actively exhibiting her work nationally for three decades and her work is held in private collections internationally. She has also created numerous temporary public art installations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis.
Walker has created live visual effects in performance with Rachel Rosenthal’s TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble as well as with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement. She has also participated in collaborative performance at REDCAT and MOCA.
Walker completed an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach as well as graduate studies in Design at UCLA. She currently teaches at Long Beach City College, Cerritos College, and Santa Monica Emeritus College. Walker was an educator at MOCA for many years where she facilitated numerous educational partnerships and collaborations with LAUSD Teachers, LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic and, UCLA Live.
About Diana Markessinis (paired with HOPE artist Darren Petersen)
Diana Markessinis is a Santa Ana based sculptor and fabricator especially known for welding organic forms out of salvaged metal. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California State University, Fullerton and her undergraduate degree in sculpture from West Virginia University, as well as attending special workshops at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine.
Markessinis has had her work permanently installed at the Park Santiago Nature Center in Santa Ana, The Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana, The Rails for Trails Sculpture Garden in West Virginia and private residences throughout Southern California.