Professional Bio

  • MA in Art History at UC Riverside, 2017
  • MFA in Painting at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2012
  • BA in Fine Arts & BA in Neuroscience at University of Southern California, 2009

Robin Hextrum attended USC for her undergraduate studies, where she completed a double major in Fine Art and Neuroscience and rowed on the Varsity Women’s Crew Team. Following this diverse experience, she studied at Laguna College of Art and Design where she received her MFA in painting. Before teaching at Regis University, she taught studio arts and liberal arts coursework at Laguna College of Art and Design and Rio Hondo Community College. She also received a second Master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History from UC Riverside. She has exhibited her paintings across the country and had her most recent solo exhibition at Studio C Gallery in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of grants from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and The Stobart Foundation. Her current series of paintings reflects her knowledge of contemporary art practice and the legacy of art history as she combines disparate visual iconography and painterly vocabularies in each artwork.

Research & Scholarship

Scholarly Writing

  • Rebel Masculinities, Essay published in the Museum Catalog for Unruly Bodies: Dismantling Larry Clark’s Tulsa, California Museum of Photography, 2016
  • Biases in Aestheticizing the Human Form: A Call for Racial and Gender Awareness in Representational Artwork. Academic Paper Presented at the TRAC Conference, Ventura March 4th 2014.

Academic Research

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant for Sociology professor Michael Messner for the 2010 journal article on Gender in Televised Media (Summer-Fall 2009)
  • Gender in Televised Sports News and Highlights Shows 1989-2009. CO-Investigators: Michael Messner, Ph.D & Cheryl Cooky Ph.D., Research Assistant: Robin Hextrum. June 2010


Robin Hextrum worked with a team of fellow graduate student curators at UC Riverside to design, develop and curate an exhibition titled Unruly Bodies: Dismantling Larry Clark’s Tulsa at the California Museum of Photography. She played an instrumental role in the background research, conceptual development and exhibition design for the show. She also wrote an essay for the museum catalog connected to this show titled “Rebel Masculinities.” This essay compared the depiction of masculinity in Danny Lyon’s photo series Bikeriders to Larry Clark’s representation of working class white male youth in his photo series Tulsa.

Lectures and Presentations

REGIS UNIVERSITY: “Art & the Environment,” Robin Hextrum gave a guest lecture about environmental themes in her creative work for Professor Alyse Knorr’s course Nature, Literature, and the Ecological Self at Regis University, September 21st 2017.

STUDIO C GALLERY: “Flora & Fauna,” Lecture about creative work in a solo exhibition, Studio C Gallery, January 2016.

LCAD: “Developing and Proposing Curriculum.” Guest Lecture at LCAD’s MFA program about the process of designing and developing a new course. September 24th, 2014.

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY: "Shunga: Erotic Art in Edo Japan." Guest Lecture at Chapman University for an Asian Art History Course taught by Ed Fosmire. April 20th, 2014.

LCAD: "Fractal Geometry and Art." Guest Lecture at LCAD for a Critical Reasoning course under Grant Hier. March 2014.

THE REPRESENTATIONAL ART CONFERENCE: "Biases in Aestheticizing the Human Form: A Call for Racial and Gender Awareness in Representational Artwork." Academic Paper Presentation at the TRAC Conference, Ventura March 4th 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA "Sex and Sports": November 2008, November 2009 and November 2010. For three years running Robin Hextrum gave a guest lecture to Michael Messner's Sociology Class at USC about how she conveyed gender issues in sports through her artwork.

Publications and Press

  • “21 under 31.” Southwest Art Magazine September 2015
  • River’s Voice: Journal of Art & Literature, Rio Hondo College. Vol 16, May 2015
  • "Robin Hextrum." Post-Modern Times 1.3 (2014): 28-33.
  • “Oneira: I Dream of Self’ at Studio C Gallery in Los Angeles” by John Seed. Huffington Post. June 18th 2014
  • Marin IJ, “Art of the athlete: Stinson's Hextrum excels as a painter and rower at USC,” July 7th, 2009.
  • "All Things Trojan," by Adam Rose, Los Angeles Times/ Blogs, image of "In Contemplation of a Race."
  • USC Report, "Artletics Exhibition at Galen Center," page 12, February 12, 2008.

Awards & Recognition

Honors and Awards

  • GLUCK Arts Fellowship UC Riverside 2016-2017
  • The Stobart Foundation Grant 2015-2016
  • 21 Under 31 Southwest Art Magazine September 2015
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Representational Painters Fall 2013
  • 2nd place in Painting Urban Ocean Festival Spring 2011
  • Curator’s Choice Award, Nature Exhibition, Linus Gallery Fall 2011
  • LCAD President Award Fall 2010
  • Gallery Favorite Award, Bits and Pieces Exhibition, Linus Gallery Fall 2012
  • USC Presidential Scholar 2005-2009
  • USC Renaissance Scholar, 2009
  • USC Discovery Scholar, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2008
  • David X. Marks Foundation Scholar athlete 2006-2009
  • USC Dean's List Fall 2005- Fall 2009
  • 2007-2008 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic First Team
  • PAC 10 Scholar Athlete Women’s Rowing 2009


  • The Angell Foundation. Los Angeles, CA.
  • UC Berkeley Athletic Office. Berkeley, CA.
  • USC Rowing Office, Heritage Hall, Los Angeles, CA.

Community Involvment & Service


This solo exhibition raised funds for Santé D’Or Adoption Center and Tree People Foundation in Los Angeles. The artwork spoke to themes about the natural environment. This show raised funds for these two charities through a raffle, donation boxes, and art sales.


Robin Hextrum taught elementary and middle school students in neighborhoods surrounding UC Riverside as part of her Gluck Fellowship at UC Riverside. She developed and taught a class titled Poetry and Painting that helped young students learn about the legacy of Chinese Literati Painting, and also provided them with a valuable platform for self-expression and exploration.


Robin Hextrum participated in the Gallery Tally Project lead by Micol Hebron from Chapman University. Robin contributed two posters to the project which catalogued the gender disparity in contemporary galleries. The project aims to bring awareness to continued sexism and gender bias inherent in the art market and art institutions.

Creative Work



  • Close to the Surface, B-minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA September 2016
  • Flora and Fauna, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA January 2016
  • Transitions, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA June 2013
  • NATURE | NURTURE, Exhibit [A] Gallery, Long Beach, CA August 2012
  • Sex and Sports: Exploring the Condition of the Modern Female Athlete, Lindhurst Gallery, USC, Los Angeles CA September 2009


  • Faculty Exhibition, O’Sullivan Art Gallery at Regis University, Denver, CO October 2017
  • Symmetry in Motion, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA September 2016
  • (En)Gendered (In)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, LACE, Los Angeles, March 2016
  • Body of Water, El Camino College, CA September 2015
  • Collector’s Choice, Montage Resort, CA September 2015
  • CAP: Emerging Artists, Laguna Beach, CA June-August 2015
  • Folding Light, Five Column Art Studio, Los Angeles, CA June 2015
  • Water-Line Exhibition, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA May 2015
  • Bloom, Five Column Art Studio, Los Angeles, CA April 2015
  • Divergence: Faculty Biennial, Rio Hondo Community College, March 2015
  • LCAD Faculty Exhibition, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA February 2015
  • Des Femmes Exhibition, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA December 2014
  • Post-it, Group Show, B Minus Studios, Santa Ana, CA November 2014
  • All Media Exhibition, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA September 2014
  • Collector's Choice, Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA June 2014
  • Oniera: I Dream of Self, Studio C Gallery, Los Angeles, CA June 2014
  • Gallery Tally, For Your Art, Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA March 29th 2014
  • Women in Art, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA November 2013
  • (en)Gendered (in)Equity, West LA College Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA October 2013
  • Magnitude 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio June 2013
  • MFA 2013, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA May 2013
  • The Flip Side, LCAD Faculty Show, Gallery 793, Laguna Beach, CA March 2013
  • Connections, Lynn J Gallery, Buena Park, CA November 2012
  • Bits and Pieces, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA October 2012
  • The Realist Perspective, Gallery 533, Los Angeles, CA August 2012
  • Artists Remember the Year 1942, Group Exhibition, OC Great Park, Irvine, CA July 2012
  • Magnitude 7.7, Manifest Gallery Cincinnati, Ohio June 2012
  • Consequences, Arc Studios and Gallery, San Francisco, CA May 2012
  • LCAD MFA Exhibition, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach CA May 2012
  • Nature Exhibit, Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA October 2011
  • Urban Ocean, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA June 2011
  • Student, Mentor, Faculty Exhibition, House of Balsamic, Irvine, CA May 2011
  • MFA Faculty and Student Show, Irvine Arts Center, Irvine CA February 2011
  • Apocalypse Wow! Group exhibition, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood CA December 2009
  • NCAA Art Exhibition, Group exhibition, NCAA Convention Center, Washington DC, MD Jan. 2009
  • Louis Galen Annual Artletics Exhibition, Galen Center, USC, Los Angeles, CA February/March 2008.
  • Advanced Drawing Exhibition, Watt Hall, USC, Los Angeles, CA April 2008
  • Summer Exhibition, Santa Reparata, Florence, Italy, August 2007
  • Artletics Exhibition, Heritage Hall, USC, Los Angeles, CA April 2006
  • Annual Undergraduate Student Exhibition, Fisher Museum, USC, Los Angeles, CA May 2006.