Upcoming Exhibitions

SPRING 2019 

Student Fine Art Show

Hillel at UCLA will be having the Student Fine Art show opening in the Spring quarter of 2019. We invite all undergraduate students to participate in the contest and share their beautiful ideas and artistic work with Hillel and the public. We want students to have the liberty to create anything possible with their imagination so submissions can be anything. *No nudity* In previous years, we received paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, even collages, and strange and exotic pieces of work, and many more so we encourage students to get creative and get motivated! We will be giving out prizes to the winning students.

Prize title:
"The Phylliss and Lou Mann Prize for Excellence in the Arts at UCLA Hillel"

1st prize: $1000
2nd prize: $500

Deadline for submissions: Monday, May 20th, 2019

Contact Perla for additional information:
Perla@uclahillel.org | (310) 208-3081 Ext. 108


Please Join us on Thursday January 24, 7-9PM for our winter Art opening featuring

The Homeless by Pat Berger

Los Angeles-based artist Pat Berger’s poignant paintings of homelessness were originally inspired by her visit to a food and shelter outreach for the homeless in downtown L.A. around Christmas 1985.

What followed that eye-opening experience were at least five years of activism and a series of 35 paintings and lithographs intended to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless – many of whom shared their stories with Berger.

Her works on the homeless have since been exhibited in venues as different as homeless shelters, universities, museums and even California’s State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

Twelve of Berger’s homeless series paintings are now in the permanent collection of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Buffalo, N.Y. Another painting is in the permanent collection of Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center.

In Central California, Berger’s work was displayed in 2009-10 at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in an exhibit called “No Place to Go: Paintings of the Homeless.” Berger’s exhibit was one of five homelessness-focused shows happening concurrently, including the main exhibit, “Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present.”

-Louis Medina


Mending by Lori Zimmerman

The body of work in this exhibition was inspired by our need as we face life’s challenges to mend ourselves and our obligation to help mend the world. We spend a significant amount of time repairing, stitching, mending the skinned knee, the rent cloth, the aging muscles; clarifying misunderstandings, soothing the broken heart, healing the hurt from misplaced trust; and fighting injustices doled out in the larger world.  With whatever skills we’ve accumulated over the years we take needle and thread, words and actions, alone and in community we attempt to find wholeness, regain functionality, work towards a sense of fairness and justice. We strive to mend ourselves, heal our relationships and repair our society. Nothing stays the same. Nothing defies decay. One stitch, one thought, one action at a time, repeated over and over, time and again, finding wholeness in rhythm, pattern and melody.


About the artist

Lori Zimmerman is an artist working in the Los Angeles area.  Her work explores the beauty inherent in aging; our nature impulse to mend both our lives and our world; and the subtle coloring of flora and nature’s expert patterning.  Her work incorporates painting, photography, collage and freestyle hand embroidery on fabric and paper.

Lori graduated from California College of Art with a BFA in Craft and worked in textile and interior design.  After graduating from USC with an MBA Lori started a career in nonprofit management working in community arts and economic development organizations.  She returned to her art practice in 2009.

Lori has exhibited her work at throughout the United States and Canada including Branch Gallery, Inglewood, CA (2018); Blackboard Gallery, Camarillo, CA (2017); Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA (2016); Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (2015); Ventura Government Center, Ventura, CA (2015); The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles CA (2015, 2013, 2012); Academy of Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Soka University Founder’s Hall Art Gallery, Aliso Viejo CA (2014); Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA (2014); Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts Logan Gallery, Ojai CA (2014);Craft in America Study Center, Los Angeles CA (2013); The World of Threads Festival, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (2012); Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles CA (2011;) and Yarn Bomb, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica CA (2011)

FALL 2019

Please Join us on Thursday, October 24th, 7-9 PM for our Fall Art opening featuring

Donn Delson

Donn Delson is a visual savant.  An ability to communicate conceptually, literately, and visually, informs his photographic work, creating conversation that percolates through all three modalities.

His work has been exhibited in such prestigious forums as The Los Angeles Art Show, Affordable Art Fair: New York, Hong Kong, London, The Palm Springs Art Fair, Aspen Art, SCOPE Miami Beach, Art Market Hamptons, the Axiom Contemporary Gallery in Santa Monica, and Victory Contemporary in Santa Fe. His photographic oeuvre has been featured in articles in Crave Online, Silvershotz Photography Magazine, Fabrik Magazine, and the Huffington Post. 

Artist Statement
I am an image collector.  The things I see, or envision in my mind’s eye, often become meaningful icons that inform my photography.  The camera is the mechanism by which I hope to translate that visual imagery into meaningful photographs. 

As a young child, I remember staring out the window from the upper berth of a railway sleeper car, long after my parents were asleep, and freeze-framing the nighttime beauty of farms and fences and moonlit reflections in ponds as they raced by to the steady clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks.  I seek to recapture that same sense of wonder and discovery each time I look through the lens, infusing those revelations with fresh feeling and purpose, rich in intangibles, subtextural statements, and conversations.     

As one who finds peace in meditation, photography affords me not only artistic expression, but also spiritual nourishment.  I am intrigued by unexpected perspective and enigmatic imagery.I am particularly drawn of late to abstract aerial photography, shot from "doors off" helicopters at altitudes of 1200-10,000 feet.


Mark Strickland: Between Heaven and Hell, Fears and Desires

A Retrospective 2001-2011

"Mark Strickland, who defies the mainstream with his unsparing depictions of the worst we human beings do to each other. He requires us, no matter our discomfort, to look at it, and to confront our own responsibility. He does so in a scale, and with a passion that brooks no avoidance on the part of anyone who shares his courage to look barbarity, and cruelty, and misery in the face. His works- look at it! Really, look at it! That’s all he asks- is a maelstrom of conflicting emotion: anger, pain, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, it’s all there, upfront, unavoidable.

And then, finally- let’s not forget this, because it might be overlooked- there’s the bottom line, the one below the suffering. Or above the suffering, perhaps. It’s Strickland’s omnipresent, deeply expressed hope for peace and justice in the world."
-Peter Clothier

FALL 2020

Karen Amy Finkel Fishof


Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the NY art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 80’s. She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her thematic color schemes and work practice. Karen attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George and showing her paintings in New York.

Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels as well as design for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.

Artist Statement
By pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, I produce large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms, using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before.

Photograms provide the medium I need to tell my stories. Through them, I can express ideas about society and mass media. I love the creative process of these works, from the exposure to the development. The magic of seeing the image appear when the photo paper is placed in the chemistry, knowing it was a moment captured with no negative. I relish the anticipation in the darkroom of seeing how various objects live in the light and how light wraps around them and capturing that living dance on 2D, still, photo paper.

I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. The photogram process, the way I'm doing it, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive image statement.

The Dortort Center Galleries are located at Hillel at UCLA. The public is invited to view our exhibits Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm (or at other times by special request) when school is in session.

For questions, please contact Perla Karney at 310-208-3081 x108 or perla@uclahillel.org