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Deda Jacobsen became an art educator at the Brentwood Art Center over 35 years ago. She has been changing lives of aspiring artists on the Westside for the last forty years as a mentor, coach, instructor and critic.

Deda began her career as an artist as a child. With a grandfather who was an artist as her first teacher and role model, her creativity was nurtured and blossomed in what was already an established “creative” family. The integration between visual art and audio art, music and lyrics, consumed Deda for the first several decades of her life.

Deda graduated from Northwestern University and studied at the Brentwood Art Center under the direction of Ed Buttwinick, the then Founder and Director of the school. As a result of his instruction, in 1977 Deda went in search of her own, personal artistic expression, and began teaching for the Brentwood Art Center. By her thirties, Deda was on her way to becoming a skilled portrait artist.

Deda has won a number of awards and recognitions, a sampling of which includes:

  • “California Open” at Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, Juror Laddie John Dill, Honorable Mention, 1994
  • Library, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., 1993
  • “17th Annual Multi-Media Show” for the Fine Arts Federation, Creative Arts Center Municipal Gallery, Burbank, CA, Juror Suzanne Muchnic, Juror’s Selection Award, 1991
  • “Seven Western States Open Juried Exhibition” at Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA, Juror Tressa Miller, Third Place, 1991
  • California State Fair, Sacramento, CA, Fourth Place in Oil Painting, 1981

Deda has also been featured on Century Cable on LA Now and as an Art History Consultant for KNBC on The Kelly and Gail Show. Deda has also been featured in various print publications for her talent, including the Palisadian Post.

Deda continues to foster her work as an artist, as well as teach and lecture on the topics of drawing, painting, color theory and art history. Many of her students have taken the bold step of leading a life as an artist, and the excitement of mentoring people, as an extension of her works of art, creates a continuum of serenity and joy affecting Deda’s character and life work at the core of her being.