John Outterbridge

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John Outterbridge (born 1933) is an African-American artist and community activist living in Los Angeles, California.

He was the first director of the Watts Towers Art Center, and served in that role for seventeen years. His sculpture work has been reviewed in the New York Times,[1] and his work is owned by prominent museums.


In 2011 Outterbridge was named a United States Artists Gracie Fellow for Visual Arts.[2] In 1994, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Otis College of Art and Design.[3]


  1. ^ Mention in New York Times art review
  2. ^ United States Artists Official Website. [1],
  3. ^ (PDF). Otis College of Art and Design Retrieved 12 May 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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