Hyde Park Library
Buena Johnson is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Johnson works as a professor at UCLA and graduated from Pratt Institute of Art, New York. Her work is included in the the Smithsonian’s Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, the Getty Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Johnson has held solo exhibitions with Woodbury University, Burbank; Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles; and Cal State, Pomona. Buena Johnson’s figurative works inspire, heal and encourage growth. As an artist she works towards creating positive change, togetherness, healing, love, acceptance, and peaceful coexistence.
Junipero Serra Library
Cinthia Marisol Lozano is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Lozano has participated in exhibitions with Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; IED Barcelona; Civic Center Studios, Los Angeles; Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles; and El Centro Cultural de México, Santa Ana among others. As part of the first generation born on native Tongva land from Lenca Mayan ancestry, Lozano’s work is informed by nativity, identity, health, community, and environments. The artist earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/ New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design and has lead community-based art workshops throughout Los Angeles. Using found and ephemeral materials as their tools to empower and heal, Lozano build links between the past, future, and present self within the larger scope of community and culture. Through actions of growth and love the work resists the patriarchy, hetero-normative culture, and capitalism to ensure the self-preservation of LGBTQI people of color and the earth.
Cypress Park Library
Katie Herzog is an artist based in Los Angeles. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Recent exhibitions include Rubbing the Internet Archive at Klowden Mann (2017) and Supercaliforniagilisticexpialibodcious at Human Resources (2017). She has participated in a number of artist residencies including Skowhegan, The Banff Centre, Bblackboxx, Ox-Bow, and Program Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaboration in Berlin. Her work is in the collections of numerous public institutions including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, among others. Herzog’s work investigates the politics and power structures of knowledge economies. Through various material and formal applications, she looks at the physical, electronic, and psychological interfaces between an understanding of self, information authority, and hierarchies in which information is accessed and disseminated.
Washington Irving Library
Rosie Brand is a British artist, illustrator, and educator based in Los Angeles. Brand graduated from Brighton University, England, with a BA in Illustration. She has published several mini-comics with small press Jazz Dad Books, released an online comic for the i-phone application Comique, as well as a variety of self-published media. Brand has organized workshops with Global Girls G.L.O.W., Los Angeles, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, and various creative workshops in London. As an educator, Brand has previously led programs that expand past skills-based learning with an emphasis on concept, collaboration and ideas development. Narrative in nature, Brand’s own work focussing on tactile processes using illustration, writing, ceramic sculptures, and sequential graphic imagery to present her study of stories. Whether she is mapping a local neighborhood with the community through drawing workshops, or interpreting a historical mythology to a graphic story – she endeavours to understand how we perceive our world and our place within it.