JAI Featured Artist/August 2022
JAI Featured Artist
JAI Featured Artist
Hillel is a muralist, illustrator, designer, and maker. Focusing on expanding the boundaries of Jewish art, he revitalizes ancient rituals with projects in contemporary media, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals around the world, redefining Jewish spaces, and is the founder of the Jewish Street Art Festival. He is fascinated by Hebrew typographic history and teaches about the interaction of technology, identity, and design.
“In everything I do, I try to make work that’s deeply rooted in tradition while influenced by and connected to the world of today. I see myself as the latest link in a chain of artists dating back centuries who considered what it means to be a Jewish artist in modern society. I’m very proud to know my work is being used in classrooms to teach about Jewish ideas and have hopefully inspired young artists to think creatively about what they want their Judaism to look like.”
Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California organization committed to supporting Jewish artists and arts professionals. JAI aspires to be an agent of transformative change by organizing provocative exhibitions and thoughtful programs promoting diverse dialogue about Jewish identity and experiences. Founded in 2004, JAI remains committed to fostering Jewish culture in our community and beyond.
MISSION AND HISTORY
JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.
We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.
JAI Executive Committee: Melinda Smith Altshuler, Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, President Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Randi Matushevitz, Hillel Smith, Debra Sokolow and Ruth Weisberg
How to Become a JAI Member: JAI welcomes applications for membership from artists and arts professionals. For how to apply and to view the selection criteria click on Join JAI in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at firstname.lastname@example.org