The Arts Council was founded on the belief that arts studies and cultural programs are essential to a rich college experience and community life. The Arts Council assists the college in providing outstanding, diverse and plentiful arts programs and studies for the benefit of Valley College's students and the community.
Council members are accomplished arts professionals (actors, producers, musicians, artists, curators), supporters of the arts (patrons and collectors), and community resource people (political representatives and neighborhood activists). Council members offer leadership in four areas:
- Professional advice (curriculum & cultural programs)
- Support (financial assistance)
- Contacts (networking within the arts community)
- Promotion (marketing programs and building an enhanced arts reputation)
The Arts Council sponsors the annual Showcase Awards, a yearly competition for students in the fine and performing arts. Among the Council’s projects was Where We Live: Student Perspectives, an exhibition done in conjunction with the Getty Museum.
You Can Support the Arts
The Arts Council can receive tax-deductible contributions through the LAVC Foundation. Donations of any size in support the arts are welcomed. Contact Dennis Reed, Dean of Arts, for information (818-947-2625).
Art Council Members (Active)
Nancy is an active member of two Southern California museums, the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. She has served as co-chair of the Photographic Arts Council at LACMA, which stages various photography related events, provides support for the Photography Department and purchases work for its collection. She is also an Honorary Trustee of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, where she donated a significant library of photography books.
Gloria was presented the 1997 Los Angeles Times Valley Edition Partnership Awards for Youth Services, the 1997 Angel of the Year for Volunteer Services, the 1997-98 Pioneer Women of the Year Award from the City of Los Angeles’ Commission on the Status of Women, and the 2001 Los Angeles Times Valley Edition’s Literacy Volunteer of the Year Award. Since 1991, Gloria has served as the voluntary Executive Director of Halcyon, a non-profit. Amon the arts projects she has supported are eight murals, after school arts classes for children and youth, 1996, ’97, ’98 NoHo Arts Festival, and the Children’s Art & Theater Festival in North Hollywood.
Tim founded The Manhattan Transfer in 1973. Their 25 albums have won ten Grammy Awards. He is included in the Vocal Hall of Fame, and, in 1993, was awarded a Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. He and the group continue to perform throughout the world.
Before her retirement, Roz was an administrator with the Los Angeles Public School District, where she was almost single-handedly responsible for recovering and cataloging artwork that the district schools had acquired, but neglected, over many decades. Roz’s first husband, Dr. Max L. Heyman, Jr., was a long-time Professor of History at Valley College
Jack was employeed in TV for over 20 years as a director, writer, and cameraman. During tenures at ABC, CBS, NBC, CCN ESPN, CSPAN and PBS, he worked with such people as Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, and Ted Koppel. His programs have aired on some 700 NPR stations nationwide. He is a longtime member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Beverly is Vice President of the Valley Institute of Visual Arts, a non-profit art gallery located near the college. She is an award winning member of the National Watercolor Society. She and her husband Felix have sponsored an Artist-in-Residence program in the Art Department, and they have supported the College Concert Series.
Tobey Moss is a highly regarded art dealer and the director/owner of the Tobey C. Moss Gallery on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. She is an expert in prints, drawings and paintings. She represents the estates of a number of prominent artists, including Helen Lundeberg and Lorser Feitelson. She has lectured on printmaking techniques and the history of printmaking at a number of museums.
Michael is an alumnus of Valley College. Formerly Vice President of the college foundation, the Patrons Association. Michael played a significant role in the foundation’s event and fundraising activity. For the past 23 years, Michael has been the owner and operator of Valley Photo Service in Valley Village. He is an active member of Photo Marketing Association.
Dr. Eugene Rogolsky
Gene is a medical doctor and a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the college foundation, and he is an art and photography collector. He has sat on the Selections Board for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and has spoken on a panel of collectors at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Stephen is one of the preeminent collectors, historians and dealers in art photography. In 1990, he sold his first collection of over 15,000 photographs to a Japanese museum. “The multimillion-dollar deal is believed to be the biggest sale of a single photography collection in the history of the medium,” the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. Stephen has written numerous articles and catalogue essays on the history of photography, and he has curated many exhibitions that have toured to major museums throughout the world.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has named Diana one of the leading art collectors in California. Her specialty is finding and collecting new artistic talent. Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Rusha, Wallace Berman, George Herms, are a few of the artists she was among the first to collect. She has loaned to many museum exhibitions over the years, and her collection has been shown at Scripps College, USC, and CSULA galleries.
Some Past Arts Council Members
Sean could easily be considered a creature of Hollywood, being the son of Patty Duke, and he is has followed in her tradition. To date, he is probably best known for the title role in Tri-Star’s Rudy, and for the Lord of the Rings, in which he stars as Sam Gamgee. Sean is an alumnus of Valley College.
Ed Begley, Jr.
As Dr. Victor Erlich on NBC’s 1980’s hit television series, St. Elsewhere, Ed garnered six Emmy nominations. In 1988, he won the American Comedy Award as the funniest male in a supporting film role for his work in The Accidental Tourist. Ed is an alumnus of Valley College.
After staring for nine years on the television hit soap opera, The Doctors, and winning an Emmy Award for an NBC special, Carolee quit acting. Presently, she is an artist who designs and prints limited edition books. Her books have been shown at numerous museums, and they are in the collections of The Getty Center, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Harvard University, and The Bodleian Library in Oxford England.
After graduating from Washington University, Bill attended Munich University and USC Cinema School. His extensive career as a documentary film director and as a film editor has resulted in his being nominated for five Emmy awards, receiving three, as well as his receiving two Oscar nominations for documentary films he has edited. He collects a broad range of art, photography, books and ephemera. In 1959 he and a friend purchased Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts, then formed a committee that successfully fought the City’s threat to demolish the Towers, which they later donated to Los Angeles.
Doug has produced over twenty feature films, the most recent of which is North Country. Among his other films are, The Mask of Zorro, Peggy Sue Got Married, Rumble Fish, The Black Stallion (assistant director) and Jack. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, on which Doug was Executive Director, won a number of awards, including the ACE Award, Best Documentary/Cannes Film Festival, four Emmy Nominations and two Emmy Awards.
John took up the bass at the age of 14, and he was playing professionally two years later. Since that auspicious beginning, he has performed with Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Benny Carter, Hampton Hawes, Al Jarreau, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Burrell, Louis Bellson, and Joe Pass, to name a few. He has recorded over 150 albums, and appeared live at most major jazz festivals, including Monterey, Playboy, Nice and the North Sea Festival. He has also appeared at Carnegie Music Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Vienna Opera House, and the Royal Festival Hall, London. John also pursues the visual arts, often drawing, painting and sculpting images of his fellow musicians.
In 1935, at the age of 17, Marsha was put under contract at Paramount Studio, and later with MGM. Since that early beginning, she has played leading roles in 62 motion pictures, starred in 6 Broadway plays, as well as two-dozen plays around the country, and appeared on countless radio and television programs. Her coffee table book on fashions, recollections and comments, The Way We Wore, is in its 3rd printing.
Mark (Flo) is a founding member and manager of the musical group The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie. The Turtles have sold over 60 million records world-wide and their hit songs Happy Together, She’d Rather Be With Me, Elenore, and You Showed Me are only a few of their top 10 records. The group continues today, performing 60 to 100 concerts around the world every year. Mark, who is currently working on his Ph.D., first attended college in 1992, at 45 years of age, when he enrolled at Valley College.