Adjunct professor, community artist, co-founder of a circus, social change activist, nonprofit and government administrator, all-around instigator, Zimmerman is the eldest of eight Catholic daughters from Oklahoma City, and became a mother while still a teenager. Kids have always figured in her art world, and she created a mural at the Golden Hill Recreation Center with 200 child collaborators, which is still on view today. She got her start as an artist at her neighborhood rec center, where nice ladies helped you glue macaroni onto cold cream jars and spray them with silver paint and got her MFA at UCSD, Visual Arts Department. Oklahoma University granted her a BFA in Fine Arts with honors before that, and she supported herself and two kids throughout her education with a series of low paying jobs, forging a lifelong commitment to social justice through education and the arts. Some career highlights include: being chosen as the photographer waitress for the Town Tavern Cafe, distributing bedrolls and water to homeless people through the Cool Water street intervention; challenging the US Mexico Border Fence through art interventions as part of Las Comadres; providing technical assistance to art startups at the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; organizing summer camps and after school classes as a Museum Educator for San Diego Museum of Art; teaching K-12 art in National City Public Schools; founding and sustaining Fern Street Circus; and teaching as an Adjunct Professor in over 7 institutions of Higher Education throughout San Diego County and, for a time, in Kansas. She is currently a member of two collectives: the Feminist Image Group and Gulf Labor West, teaches at MiraCosta, Mesa, and Southwestern Colleges, and has several narrative art projects in the works.
Selected Recent Exhibitions
Women at War, Grossmont College, 2015; The Fence/La Barda, Art Produce Gallery, 2014; Labor Migrant Gulf, Southwestern College, 2014; Sanctuary, Casa Familiar, 2014; Time Came Around, Art Produce Gallery, 2013.
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