Wendy Osher, President
Ms. Osher was trained as an arts educator. She has taught in public and private schools and served for eight years as Associate Curator of Education at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. After raising a family, she left the museum to pursue a full-time career as an artist. Her first solo exhibition in 2004, Boy Code, examined cultural expectations of masculinity by translating doodles of adolescent boys into embroidery. Her idea-based practice incorporates video, installation, fiber, performance, drawing, and sculpture in works that often question environmental, social, and political issues. She has exhibited in Pittsburgh, New York, Los Angeles, and internationally, garnering prestigious selections for a 2004 Media Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 2005 Pittsburgh Biennial, 2008 commission by American Jewish Museum, 2008 Tough Arts Residency at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 2009 Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency, and 2010 Schloss Pluschow residency in Germany. In 2013 she was chosen for Sites of Passage, a project with Palestinian, Israeli, and American artists. Her work was selected for Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC, in 2014 and a Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara regional exhibition in 2015. Ms. Osher remains deeply committed to arts education and has been honored with several teaching residencies that have included working with populations as diverse as rural primary school children and urban adults with mental illness.
Michele Kantor, Treasurer
Ms. Kantor has a J.D. from the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, and a B.A. in English, with Honors, from the State University at Albany, New York. She currently is the Cultural Arts Administrator for the City of Oxnard. As a longtime employee of Barnes & Noble, Michele planned and managed all events including large scale events and hosted nationally recognized authors. She serves as a Consultant in the development of Volunteer Handbook and background check policies/procedures for the Ventura County Discovery Center for Science and Technology in Thousand Oaks. Ms. Kantor’s community service work is extensive and focused on education. She has served as college admission counseling and guidance to Los Angeles and Ventura county high school students; judged the Los Angeles County History Day Competition; the Reflections PTA Student Arts Competition writing category; provided lessons in art, reading, and science; assisted in computer classes in Conejo Valley elementary and middle schools. She was recently invited to sit on a grant review panel with the California Arts Council for their Community Impact grants.
Martha Jimenez, Secretary
Ms. Jimenez has been an art instructor for over 15 years, and she most recently served as Curator of Education at the Carnegie Art Museum in the City of Oxnard. She has a B.F.A. from Cal State University-Long Beach.
Karen Hoffberg, Member
Teresa Robledo, Member
Mel Vines, Member