Jean Oppermann is a fine artist and design educator. Her paintings and drawings have been displayed in galleries in San Francisco and are in private collections nationally and internationally. Jean was invited to join CCA's Fashion Design Program faculty at its inception in 1995.
An experienced instructor who has taught drawing at colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years, Jean was well suited to design the first figure-drawing course, "Body in Motion," to be offered specifically to Fashion Design majors.
In addition to teaching, Jean also has worked in the local fashion industry in customer service, as a sales representative, shop manager, merchandiser, and store designer.
Jean worked in the design offices of Japanese Weekend, an innovative San Francisco maternitywear company, and was instrumental in opening its flagship store in 1992. Jean's studio practice as a painter enhanced her ability to become a visual merchandising manager for Cut Loose, a San Francisco contemporary women's clothing company known for its rich and innovative color palettes. In 2000 Jean designed the interior of the new Cut Loose retail store.
In 2001 Jean left the fashion industry to devote herself solely to the continued development of CCA's Fashion Design Program. She currently serves as assistant chair, academic advisor, and drawing instructor, and continues her studio practice.