Donna Day Westerman

2131 Anniversary Lane
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949-642-3842

"Rita: Colossus"
Medium: Intaglio with sewn object
24"x 18"

"Esther and Me"
12"x 18"

Donna Day Westerman, born in Detroit, Michigan in 1940, has been a full-time faculty member at Orange Coast College since 1975. Now a full professor, she teaches printmaking, painting, experimental painting and illustration and has served as co-chair of the art department for the past 10 years. In 1979, she started the computer graphics program at Orange Coast College (the first in the nation to be housed within a fine arts division), developing its curriculum while serving as its director for 11 years. During this time, as a pioneer in the field, she appeared as a speaker and consultant at numerous conferences and events and won several honors and awards for her efforts including the "Innovator of the Year" award for both the College and the District. She has been the subject of a number of videos and articles of artists in Southern California, has appeared on CBS TV as the subject of a 15 minute interview (her "15 minutes of fame"), and is listed in numerous "Who's Who" books. She is a recent Past - President of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.

In addition to a long exhibition record as a fine artist (She has exhibited widely, having been associated with galleries in Boston, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.), she has been a commercially successful free-lance designer and illustrator since the age of 14. Her endeavors in this area include an award winning endangered species calendar series and a bicentennial calendar for the Marine Midland Bank in New York.

She received her training at the University of Michigan, the Boston Museum School and at Otis Art Institute where she graduated summa cum laude with an MFA degree in painting and printmaking.

Her work is in many public and private collections across the country.

I have had an interest in the impact of Hollywood on our environment here in Southern California. The movie stars of the 40’s and 50’s are symbols of our preoccupation in Southern California with physical perfection.

 Rumors surrounding some of the homes of the “stars”, extensions of their make-believe personae, are an aspect of this interest and so, in one print, Rita Hayworth, whose reality became a nightmare, is seen rising from the sea like a colossus “playing dolls” with a house in Malibu rumored (falsely, of course) to have been given to her by Ali Khan as well as by Orson Wells.

 Esther Williams was always one of my idols when I was growing up. My goal was to perform in Cypress Gardens as a mermaid. My favorite sports have always been connected to the water and my friends call me “Esther Westerman”!

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