Art & Events 2022

Past Events 2022



Featuring the Jewish Artists Initiative

Thursday, January 26th, 2023
7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Spiegel Auditorium, Hillel at UCLA 

Free & open to the public



The Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at Hillel at UCLA will present its Winter Art Opening on Thursday, January 26th, 2023, 7:00-9:00 pm.
We will showcase artists from the Jewish Artists Initiative, an organization which was conceived and founded eighteen years ago by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design and is committed to supporting Jewish artists and art professionals.
 This group exhibit will be curated by Randi Matushevitz.
Participating Artists:

Bill Aron

Jodi Bonassi 

Lorraine Bubar 

Ellen Cantor

Bruria Finkel

Rose-Lynn Fisher 

Ellen Freidlander 

Carol Goldmark

Nancy Goodman Lawrence  

Roger Gordon

Bonita Helmer 

Gilah Yelin Hirsch

Sarah Horwitz

Kathryn Jacobi

Debbie Korbel

Sandra Lauterbach 

Lynda Levy 

Monica Marks 

Randi Matushevitz 

Malka Nedivi 

Alain Rogier 

Masha Schweitzer 

Melinda Smith Altshuler

Nancy K. Turner

Silvia Wagensberg

Ruth Weisberg

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Hillel at UCLA

574 Hilgard Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

 310-208-3081, ext. 108

Free and open to the public

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Student Fine Art Show

Thursday, May 19th, 6-8PM

Hillel at UCLA will be having the Student Fine Art show opening in the Spring quarter of 2022. 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.

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

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

Student submissions will be received at the front desk of Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave, in care of Perla Karney, March 1st – 18, 10am- 4pm.

Curator will make final selections.  Exhibition opens March 28 and closes May 20, 2022.  

Closing reception & award ceremony Thursday, May 19, 6-8pm.  Curator and juror will be present.  


Curated by Patty Wickman,

Professor, UCLA Department of Art

Carmen Argote, Prize Juror


Contact Perla for additional information:
[email protected] | (310) 208-3081 Ext. 108

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


About the Judge: Carmen Argote

Carmen Argote is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Argote’s process-based practice is derived from her environment, often pointing to the body, to class, and to economic structures in relation to architecture and personal history. The act of walking and movement is an integral part of her practice and transforms the body into her studio.

Student Photo Contest

-Diversity and Inclusion-

Hillel at UCLA will be having the Student Photo Contest show opening in the Spring quarter of 2022. We invite all undergraduate students to participate in the contest and share their beautiful ideas and artistic work with Hillel and the public. The theme this year is "Diversity & Inclusion"
1st Prize 500.00 dollars
2nd Prize: 250.00 dollars
3rd Prize: 150.00 dollars
Five Honorable Mentions: 50.00 dollars each


- 8x10 B&W or Color Image  

- Must be printed on photo paper 

- Include name, email, phone on the back of each  photo  


Perla Karney, Artistic  Director Dortort Center  for Creativity in the Arts  310-203-3081  


[email protected]
About the Judge: 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.

The Photo Contest is Generously Underwritten by The Pamela and Randol Schoenberg Foundation 



Featuring Cathy Weiss, Margaret Lazzari, Lisa Levine

Thursday, October 20
7:00-9:00 pm

Where: Spiegel Auditorium, Hillel at UCLA 

Free & open to the public


Cathy Weiss


Los Angeles based artist, Cathy Weiss was born in NYC and raised in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a Fellowship in Printmaking from Pratt Institute for Graduate Studies in New York. Weiss has curated and organized many exhibitions, and her work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited and collected both nationally and abroad. She has participated in residencies in Spain, Morocco, France and Mexico. Along with Weiss’ many public and community projects, the artist is also well known for her large installation pieces often done in woodcut and mixed media. Recent exhibitions include Masters of Migration, an installation at Malibu City Hall, The Key, Rota, Spain, a solo exhibition, Living in Our DNA, the Many layers of Home and Belonging, Mike Kelley Gallery, Beyond Baroque in Venice Ca. Past solo exhibitions include Love and Light at Craft Contemporary Museum in LA; Laurel Canyon, Chaparral Habitat: Native Flora and Fauna at LAX, Terminal 3 and From the Ground Up at Ontario Airport for the LA World Airports Exhibitions and Installations. A current project brings together diverse women of all ages, religions, cultures, and socio-economic status to build bridges through art. Weiss works and lives in Laurel Canyon, California.

Margaret Lazzari


Margaret Lazzari is a painter, writer, and Professor Emerita of Art at the University of Southern California. Major exhibits include Vastness, at George Billis Gallery LA (2020) and the Fresno Art Museum as Distinguished Woman Artist (2015). As half of the Lazzari and Evans Public Art Design Team, Lazzari has produced eight public commissions since 2010, dealing with the persistence of nature in urban environments. Lazzari is the sole author of Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist (3 rd ed to be published by Thames and Hudson in 2021) and also co-author of Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic
Approach, (Cengage); and two drawing text/sketchbooks (Oxford University Press).

Lisa Levine




Ki Kolech Arev

Jewish secular music from late medieval Italy

Sunday, October 30
4:00-6:00 pm

Where: Spiegel Auditorium, Hillel at UCLA 

Free & open to the public


Support comes from:

The Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA

 and cultural partner, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles

Watch recent performances of the program: