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artist , art administrator

John Wilfred Outterbridge, American artist, art administrator. Certified teacher, California, 1970. Fulbright fellow to National Conference of Maori Artists New Zealand, 1988, J.R. Hyde Visiting Artist fellow Memphis Institute of the Arts, 1994, Jean Paul Getty fellow for visual arts, 1994, National Ednowment for the Arts fellow, 1994.


Outterbridge, John Wilfred was born on March 12, 1933 in Greenville, North Carolina, United States. Son of John Ivery and Olivia (Northern) Outterbridge.


Student, Agricultural & Technology U., Greensboro, 1952-1953;student, American Academy Art, Chicago, 1956-1959;Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Otis College Art and Design, Los Angeles, 1994.


Artist/designer, Aircraft, a division Traid Corporation, Los Angeles, 1964-1968;art instructor, fine art installer, Pasadena Museum Art, 1967-1972;co-founder, artistic director, Communicative Arts Academy, Compton, California, 1969-1975;lecturer arts and humanities department, California State University, Carson, 1970-1973;artist/director, Watts Towers Art Center, Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles, 1975-1992.


  • In 2011 Outterbridge was named a United States Artists Gracie Fellow for Visual Arts.



Member Governor's selection committee for directorship California State Arts Council, 1978. Advisory committee getty Institute for Arts Education, 1978-1980. Visual arts panelist National Endowment of the Arts, 1978-1980, others in past.


Married Beverly Marie Outterbridge, January 23, 1960 (divorced September 1991). 1 child, Tami Lynn.

John Ivery Outterbridge

Olivia (Northern) Outterbridge

Beverly Marie Outterbridge

Tami Lynn Outterbridge