Artist Paige Oden

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As the daughter of nationally renowned illustrator Dick Oden, I earned my BFA in Painting and an MFA in Figurative Sculpture, studying under artists such as Ed Moses, John Lincoln, Stephen Werlick and bay area sculptor Stephen De Staebler. Upon returning from school in Italy in 1988 (Fine Arts scholarship) I completed a figurative sculpture scholarship at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C and then finished my MFA bronze works at CSULB metals foundry in 1991.
It was during my CSULB MFA program in 1991 that I also taught painting classes at the Orange County High School of the Arts (aka OCSA).  Now, nearly 25 years later I continue my association with OCSA as the Director of the Visual Arts Conservatory where I get to design and oversee the arts curriculum, guide the 14 member faculty and oversee the arts education of 200 extremely talented fine arts students. 
Overseeing and redesigning the OCSA Visual Arts Conservatory was an opportunity I could not pass up. While it has deferred my painting career, it has been an opportunity to mentor the most talented fine artists of our local future. The OCSA fine arts curriculum is comparable to any arts college with outstanding faculty. I cherish the opportunity to bring in the most talented and often economically challenged student artists and then offer them a curriculum and education that will help get them to the most prestigious art colleges in the world. 
Throughout my 20+ years of leadership at OCSA I have continually painted in my home studio and participated in gallery exhibits and  annual painting events. I have been very fortunate to have received many awards for my paintings and for my teaching. As well as several grants that have allowed me to study under such artists as  Camille Przwodek, Ken Auster, [...]

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