River Garza is an artist from Los Angeles, CA whose work draws on traditional Indigenous aesthetics, Southern California Indigenous maritime culture, skateboarding, Graffiti, Mexican culture, and Low Rider culture.


Student Spotlight:

Jose M. Salas 

AA, Animation, ELAC '19  

Jose recently shared some exciting updates with the department. Since graduating from ELAC with an AA in animation, Jose transferred to CSUN where he majors in 3D Animation. While at CSUN, Jose has worked as a CG Supervisor on a feature film by Giacomo Puccini, utilizing the MAYA and NUKE skills he first learned at ELAC. He has since worked on a second film as a 3D Modeler and Lead AR Developer creating AR lenses. Following these projects, Jose is now employed full-time as a CG Generalist. He feels that ELAC prepared him for success, and he has been able to use many of the skills he learned here in the ELAC animation program. 

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2021 Animation Film Festival

The ELAC Art Department hosted our annual International Animation Film Festival from Friday, April 23rd - Thursday, April 29th. Hungarian Animation Day was hosted virtually in partnership with the National Film Institute  Hungary – Film Archive, Hungary’s KEDD Animation Studio, and Cinema and Without Borders Foundation. This year's festival was the seventh edition and featured short animated films from Hungary. 

The goal of the ELAC International Animation Festival is to give an in-depth and entertaining introduction to contemporary international animation. Screenings of short animated films from around the world, analyses and Q&As with a panel of well-known animation experts, and a tribute to an international animation artist working in the U.S. animation industry are all part of the festival program.

Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP)

The Art Department are proud to announce our new Museum Studies Certificate Program (MSCP) at East Los Angeles College and the Vincent Price Art Museum. This seven-course program (21-units) provides a broad foundation of knowledge and professional work experience in the museum sector.

Open to all students at ELAC, the program draws upon coursework in Art History, Library Science, Studio Art, Anthropology, and Archaeology, and includes museum internships and unique academic and professional development opportunities. Please visit our Museum Studies page for more information.