Black Arts at Oxy

John Outterbridge Interview

m (CAAM). Outterbridge, an innovative assemblage artist, is also well known and venerated as a teacher and arts administrator. 

    Outterbridge, served as director of the Watts Towers Arts Center from 1975 to 1992. Prior to that, he was artistic director of Communicative Arts Academy in Compton. He was an art instructor and fine arts installer at the Pasadena Museum of Art from 1967 to 1972. He also has taught at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pasadena City College and is founder of GOCART (Gallery of Children’s Art).

    Known primarily for his sculpture using recycled materials and for frequently addressing social and political issues, Outterbridge credits his father with teaching him to value discarded materials. He began painting while in the army. After leaving the service, he attended the Chicago Academy of Art and the American Academy of Art, also in Chicago. A native of Greenville, North Carolina, Outterbridge left Chicago for Los Angeles in 1963. He gave up painting for sculpture after settling in Los Angeles. Exhibited and recognized throughout the world, Outterbridge has received numerous awards, including the 1987 National Conference of Arts Educators Award; a 1988 Fulbright Fellowship; and in 1994, he received the J.R. Hyde Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Memphis Institute of the Arts, J. Paul Getty Fellowship for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an honorary doctorate from

    Mark Steven Greenfield currently serves as director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Admission to this lecture and all CAAM events and exhibitions is free. CAAM researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African Americans. Located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park, the museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm. For information, call 213.744.7432 or visit






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