re/remembering Jury/Committee Information

Michele Conklin

Michele Conklin is a 2010 graduate of the Loyola Marymount Department of Marital & Family Therapy. She is currently an MFT intern at the Southern California Counseling Center. During her studies at LMU, she worked with adolescents in residential treatment at Aviva Family & Children's Services and middle school children and their families through the Partnership to Uplift Communities. She is an active member of the LMU Art Therapy Research Collaborative, through which she is investigating the intersection of clinical and open studio practices.

Pat Sandler

Pat Sandler is a clinical art therapist, as well as a photographer and photo-based artist whose work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the United States. What draws her as an artist is noticing the little details in life that sometimes get overlooked. She finds herself enticed by the thoughts that we awaken to in the middle of the night or notice flying through our brains when least expected. She is moved by the human courage and challenge and absurdities that surround her and the frequent humor that comes from not taking herself too seriously despite her propensity to live the 'examined life'.

Her work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Art Houston, and the Center For Photography at Woodstock, Permanent Print Collection, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art/College Art Gallery at S.U.N.Y., New Paltz, New York.

Cora Ramirez Vasquez

Cora Ramirez Vasquez graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2005 with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Art Therapy. In 2006 she and her husband opened Gallery Azul ( in San Pedro, and have been curating themed group shows for the past 4 years. She has been producing art professionally for the past 10 years, and participates in group shows, and various live painting events, and is working on an upcoming show with a fellow artist and art therapist.

In March of 2010, she opened a private practice and is currently working part time in community mental health.

Donna Woods

Donna Woods is a California artist whose career spans over thirty-years. Donna has participated in a number of individual and group shows throughout California and Canada. Ms. Woods is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University's Art Therapy program and an active volunteer in art based community projects. Ms. Woods was a co-founder of and curator for Backstreet Galleries for seven years during which she implemented multi-ethnic programming and hosted several international arts exhibits. She was represented for 5 years by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in its Sales and Rental Gallery, as an emerging artist.

Ms. Woods is a dedicated artist, art educator, and community activist. Donna's pallet is dynamic, vibrant, and expansive. Ms. Woods enjoys working in stone, mix- media, assemblage and photography.