Upcoming Exhibitions

 Student Fine Art Show

Opening May 23, 6-8 PM

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

Generously funded by Mindy and Robert Mann & the Stratton-Petit Foundation 

  Student run exhibitions supported by the Dortort Center 


By: Lexie Ravaei, Isabel Bina, Serena Yaghoubi

Opening Thursday February 28, 6-8 PM

Revolutionary to its time, the heroic women of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings are characterized by their beauty, bravery, and wisdom. The authenticity and heroism of the Rudabeh, Tahmineh, and Gordafarid is highlighted through their unapologetic expressions of love and guileful endeavors. These multidimensional personalities defy conventions through their courageous efforts to actively claim control of their narratives. Ferdowsi’s rich exploration of Iran’s cultural heritage reveals a nuanced portrayal of women within ideological, sexual, and military realms of power.

As a 20- year-old Persian woman born and raised in Los Angeles, identity is a central tension in my life. I seek authenticity in a society where the promoted ideologies paralyze the individuals within my community into gender constructs. Through my photographs, I illustrate the power struggle I encounter between my personal aspirations and society’s expectations with the hopes of empowering my audience. 


Keiana Snell, Rucha Modi, Joyce Chang

Opening April 11, 6:30-8 PM


Reframe is a photographic exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rooted in identity, narratives, and dialogue. This exhibition serves both as a presentation of the Winter 2018 UCLA Fact Finders trip and a platform for continuing discussion revolving around the subject and beyond.

Although the ten days of the Fact Finders itinerary comes nowhere close to completely clarifying the conflict, we have learned―and continue to relearn―that the political conflict is rooted in the people, rather than the institutions of media, academia, and polarizing belief systems so readily perpetuated. Our experience has challenged us to acknowledge the complexities of the conflict delivered through privileged access to mobility, positionality, and nuances; our goal is to convey and confront in a similar fashion through creative display.

If there is any conclusion to reach post-trip, we are certain about one: the importance of stepping into a process of reframing. From the literal adjustment of the camera lens, framing the image presentation, expanding perspectives, to shifting the culture of this conversation, we believe it is critical and necessary to share with honesty and vulnerability in this exhibition.

We hope to give our audience access to see the people and hear the stories that moved and challenged us in different ways. Our mission is that you would join in this process of learning and reframing with us.

Welcome to Reframe!

We are honored and thankful to complete this exhibition with our trip leaders Amit David and Michael Kagan, the participants on the 2018 Fact Finders Bus, Perla Karney; and the generous sponsorship of Hillel at UCLA.


The Homeless by Pat Berger

On display, third floor

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


FALL 2019

Donn Delson

Thursday, September 26th, 7-9 PM 

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.

Lili Sigel

Thursday, September 26th, 7-9 PM

LILI SIGEL was born in May of 1945 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. She attended the Fine Art Institute and worked in art galleries while studying Art History and Graphic Design. In 1975, she moved to the U.S. and worked as a Graphic Designer, doing layouts for a newspaper in Pittsburgh. Lili became involved in the art community there and curated events and exhibits. During the 1990's, she owned and ran an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; once again sharing her love of modern art with the community. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where you can find her painting in her studio on a daily basis.


Artist Statement

My current works of collages & mixed media employ various organic materials (wood, canvas, paper, etc.) that lost their usefulness but still have a rich history and tell a proud age-old story. Additionally I use acrylic paint to harmonize and balance my composition.

Modifying simple organic materials into distinctive assemblages helps me understand the common denominator between consumption, waste, and the environment. My artworks are mixed metaphors connected in inventive and poetic ways by a non-linear narrative to remind us that ‘repurposing’ is filled with valuable wonders that fuel our resourcefulness and our human yearning for purpose.


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