Title: Instructor of Art (Retired)
Company: Ventura College
Location: Ventura, California, United States
Hiroko Yoshimoto, Retired Instructor of Art at Ventura College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art and higher education.
Ms. Yoshimoto commenced her career in 1967 as a freelance designer with the Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, holding the role for one year. Subsequently serving as a freelance graphic designer soon thereafter, she worked for IBM in Tokyo, Japan, from 1968 to 1970. In the latter portion of her career, she served as the longtime instructor of art at Ventura College from 1970 until her retirement from teaching in 2005. During this time, she also instructed at Santa Ana College, was a visual arts curator at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, and was an advisory committee member of the Ventura Municipal Art Collection and the Community Memorial Hospital Art Collection.
Having been exhibited in one-woman and group shows in the United States, Europe and Japan, Ms. Yoshimoto desired to be an artist from a formative age. Delving into teaching as a way of becoming independent, she is proud of her former students who have informed her that she had a major influence on them in the classroom. She has also done stage and costume designs for the Ventura County Master Chorale and Ventura College opera productions. In addition, she was the art director for various videotapes and was a featured festival artist for the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA.
In order to remain abreast of developments within the industry, Ms. Yoshimoto maintains affiliation with the Ventura Art Association, the Asian American Women Artists Association, the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and the Carnegie Art Museum, among others. Earning a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, she was the recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Award from Ventura College and has garnered numerous art competition awards during her tenure. Likewise, she was highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in the West, as well as the second edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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