Click on a thumbnail to see the full picture.

Life Line. Drawings by Kent Twitchell Flyer


Life Line: Drawings by Kent Twitchell


November 6, 2014 – February 26, 2015
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, November 6, 6 – 8 pm
General Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 to 9 pm


Please note that the art gallery will be closed from December 12, 2014 to February 8, 2015. It will re-open on February 9, 2015.


Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Life Line, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based muralist Kent Twitchell. The exhibition opens November 6, 2014, and closes February 26, 2015. The opening reception for the artist is Thursday, November 6, from 6 to 8 pm.


Kent Twitchell is renown for his larger-than-life, realistic portrayals of celebrities and creative luminaries in murals sprawling Los Angeles’s buildings and freeways. As the exhibition title suggests, Life Line conjures up multiple associations. This exhibition focuses on Twitchell’s life-long devotion to drawing and also his connection to his subjects, highlighting the artist’s small graphite on paper renderings that are both intimate and engaging in scale. Culling from the artist’s oeuvre, some of the drawings in this exhibition are being displayed for the first time. Life Line serves as a stimulating pairing to the monumental and iconic mural of The Old Woman of the Freeway that will be installed on the side of this campus’s Student Service Center later this year.


The Old Woman of the Freeway (or “Freeway Lady”) is originally painted near the Hollywood Freeway. The mural was lost when it was painted over in 1986. After many years of trying to resurrect this iconic piece of Los Angeles public art, the Los Angeles Valley College Public Art Committee has selected the repainting of Twitchell’s “Freeway Lady” to be its first project on the campus.


Twitchell was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1942. He attended East Los Angeles College where he earned his A.A. in art in 1968. He continued his studies at California State University, Los Angeles and earned a B.A. in art (1972) and at Otis College of Art and Design where he received his M.F.A. (1977). In addition to the numerous murals he has executed throughout Southern California, Twitchell has exhibited work in solo and two-person exhibitions, such as “Thriller: The King of Pop Meets the King of Cool: Exploring the Lost Works of Kent Twitchell,” LOOK Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); “The Freeway Lady,” VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA (2005); and “Kent Twitchell and Sandra Sallin,” Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (1998). Twitchell has exhibited previously at the Vincent Price Art Museum in a group exhibition entitled “Coming Home Again” in 1996 and a solo show in 1991, entitled “Kent Twitchell: Coming Home Again.”


High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.




Site Unseen: Incarceration. Guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel

Site Unseen: Incarceration

Guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel


March 12, 2015 – April 23, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 6 to 9 pm

Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm


Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery (San Fernando Valley) is pleased to present Site Unseen: Incarceration—a group exhibition that deals with the issue of imprisonment. Artworks by incarcerated artists who express their experience from inside the prison walls and by non-incarcerated artists who tackle the American criminal justice system from outside its walls are on display. The works provide a multiplicity of perspectives on the prison experience, a phenomenon that is both intimidating and unfamiliar to the general public.


At a time when over 1% of the U.S. population is incarcerated, images of the prison environment itself and the realities and dilemmas confronting individuals locked up are not visible. Site Unseen: Incarceration gives voice to these individuals who are often regarded as invisible. Most of the incarcerated artists are either in solitary confinement or on death row in a California prison.


Artists include Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez, Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, and David Earl Williams.


Related Programming is as follows:


Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm

Location: Art 103 (Lecture hall is also located in the Art Building.)

Moderator: Sheila Pinkel, Emerita Professor of Art, Pomona College



Margie Ghiz, owner of the Midnight Special Bookstore

Robert Jacome, Los Angeles Valley College student

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine

Mary Sutton, member of CURB, LA No More Jails and Critical Resistance


High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.




DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:


From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.


From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.


From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.




Download a high resolution printable map.


The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the Lot B (northwest) or Lot C (north) of the Art Gallery. During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.



All events are free to the public.

Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director

Los Angeles Valley College

5800 Fulton Avenue

Valley Glen, CA 91401



Mailing List


The public is welcomed to all exhibitions and programs. If you would like to be added to the mailing or emailing list, please contact us by emailing or mailing a request to: Art Gallery, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA  91401.