Greetings from the Alumni Relations Manager, Ceres Madoo
Welcome to your March ONEWS. Otis alumni are busy and thriving with exhibitions through out the world, smart design affecting the shape of things, filmmaking, book publishing and new business models - where artists are in charge. Yeah.
I am new to Otis, but Otis is certainly not new to me. I have noticed you in every creative corner of this city. You have a way of standing out. Individuality is the Otis trademark. Currently, there are 1,200 students from over 30 countries. I am interested in how as creative individuals, we may be called upon or call upon ourselves to rethink the world or at the very least, our neighborhoods and lives. Smart design thinking may be the big new idea to the business world, but as artists and designers we have always known its power for progress and sustainability.
Our next ONEWS will be a Blog, featuring your work, your stories, solo exhibitions, collaborations, business ventures, community, your etsy links, websites and more. Alumni Relations wants to promote your creative efforts in a serious way. We will continue to link you with important Otis services, exhibitions, opportunities and lectures which you as our prized alumni are invited to attend.
I hope to gather a group of enthusiastic alumni, to teach me about your unique history and help me support this giant community. The Alumni Blog will be an exciting way to share and potentially sell your wares. Send me an email with the code: Otisian in the subject line and you will be contacted for a not so secret meeting. email@example.com
Otis history and memory are yours and I hope that you will share and teach me and those around you about this unique tribe. I am interested to hear from all majors, all ages.
Continue to Submit Information about upcoming exhibits, projects - links, images and news; also feel free to email me directly. I look forward o hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Otis Alumni Facebook Group and post your events and shows here.
Easily update your contact and employment info with the Alumni Office.
Notes From the Field
Otis Alumni changing the face and future of an American icon: Barbie
Otis Alumnae Erica Kane (’97 Toy Design) and Isabelle (Izzy) Garr (’94 Toy Design) with the Otis BarbieCaroline Collins (’88 Toy Design) not pictured
At the Creative Economy event, Mattel announced a $1.85 million gift to Otis as a means to be "investing now in the next generation of creative leaders." The check was presented along with the one of a kind Otis Barbie, created by three alumnae, employees of Mattel.
Erich Weidetz, (04’ Toy), Barbie Video Girl
Barbie Video Girl from Mattel WINS The Toy Award 2010 in the category “Trend + Lifestyle”. Congratulations to Erich! Barbie has an integrated camera lens in her necklace and a small LCD monitor on her back, hidden by a hoody. This means you can not only follow Barbie’s adventures and experiences from her perspective and even record them, but also edit and add effects to the camera pictures via a PC link. (Think of all the applications for espionage).
Nakissa Nowzar (’06 Toy Design) , One Kiss Doll
TOTY Nomination for One Kiss Doll: The Princess and the Frog, Disney Enterprise.
The Washington Post "...through the magical powers of Disney animation and commercial marketing, the forgotten little princess was transformed into Tiana, a beautiful black princess from New Orleans...She became the star of The Princess and the Frog, a movie set to premiere in November. Tiana is the first Disney princess in more than a decade, and the first ever to be black.”
Guest of Honor
Tyrus Wong ('32 Fine Arts)
Tyrus Wong attended Otis in 1932. At 99 years of age he is our oldest living alumni. One of his many accomplishments was painting the backgrounds for Disney’s Bambi. He enjoys flying kites in his retirement. Tyrus was interviewed by Otis students in November 2007, see it on youtube. He will be our guest of honor at the 28th Annual Scholarship Benefit & Fashion Show the evening of May 8.
Daphne Yap (’04 Toy Design)with James Cameron, Director
Concept Artist for Avatar, Star Trek and Alice in Wonderland.
Book Published: The Art of Avatar and Daphne 01: Sketches by Daphne Yap, Design Studio Press, Culver City.
Grand Master Collaborator
Alan Nakagawa ('86 Fine Arts)
Look at all the cool things Alan is involved in!
Alan's day gig, helping bringing art to the masses, is www.metro.net/art.
Alan loves food and has over 450 eateries documented www.cafelala.blogspot.com. Ear Meal, a new webcast featuring artists sculpting sound, every Wednesday at 9:30 PM pst at www.unitedartscene.com. Collage Ensemble Inc. is Mona Kasra and Alan Nakagawa "art you can sink your teeth into" www.collagecollage.com. Department of Real Estate, an experimental electronic bebop improv trio, is comprised of Peter Watkinson, Kio Griffith ('86 Communication Arts) and Alan Nakagawa www.astroturd.com. Otonomiyaki, a collaborative sound art duo, is Kio Griffith and Alan Nakagawa www.otonomiyaki.com.
Review the Otis College of Art and Design Calendar often for free lectures and events on campus and around town.
Tribute to Renowned CeramistRalph Bacerra
View Art is What I Do, The Life of Ralph Bacerra, a film by Jo Lauria ('90), that was produced by The Boardman Family Foundation in cooperation with Otis. Lois and Bob Boardman are longtime friends of Ralph Bacerra and collectors of his work.
March 6, MexiCali Biennial Curator Talk 11:00am-12:00 pm
Ed Gomez ('03 MFA Fine Arts) with Samuel Hoi, Otis President
MexiCali Biennial highlights the work of artists from California and Mexico, selected by Biennial Curators/Artists Ed Gomez ('03, MFA Fine Arts), Luis G. Hernandez ('03, MFA), and Amy Pederson. Working in photography, painting, sculpture, performance and new media, artists from both sides of the border interrogate the economies of exchange underlying extant constructs of race, nationalism, art, and identity in the region, while insisting on a transgressive fluidity between media and territory. www.mexicalibiennial.org See video on line from the Ben Maltz Gallery.
“Every time someone graduates from Otis, art evolves and design gets better. And that’s really your job when you leave here…to move things along.” - 2009 Commencement Keynote Speaker Mark Parker, Nike CEO, artist and designer, who received an honorary doctorate degree from Otis. Read the Report on The Creative Economy.
April 8, Fashion Jury Show
Attention Fashion Alumni!
Every year, fashion design students present their work to a jury of invited industry professionals who select final projects for the annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show. If you are a Fashion alum you'll be hearing more about this soon.
03:30 pm - Show and Jury (ALL Fashion Alumni invited to jury)
04:30 pm - Fashion Alumni and Friends Reception
April 10 - May 5, "The Story of O: Graduate Fine Arts 1989-2009"
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm
Featuring new work by alumni who attended Otis College of Art and Design’s distinguished Graduate Fine Arts program between 1989 and 2009 and studied under the leadership of artist and Chair Roy Dowell.
Artists in exhibition: Anthony Carfello (’09), Michi Colacicco (’05), Carla Danes (’01), Sabine Dehnel (’03), Tami Demaree (’03), Luis G. Hernandez (’03), Patrick Hill (’00), Susan Horowitz (’01), Carmine Iannaccone (’93), Amanda Keller Konya (’09), Bill Kleiman (’89), Alexander Kroll (‘09), Jennifer Lanski (’06), Vally Mestroni (’02), Kevin A. Myers (’91), Chris Oatey (’06), Hilde Overbergh (’90), Lorenzo E. Hurtado Segovia (’07), Whitney Stolich (’03), and Mary Younakof (’06).
April 24 - May 10, "Thinking by Hand"
Architect Fred Fisher, member of the Board of Governors, and past Chair of Environmental Design, displays recent watercolors in "Thinking by Hand," Edward Cella Art+Architecture, an exhibition that explores the process and strategy he uses to envision and create architecture. Opening Reception April 24, 6 - 9 pm. www.edwardcella.comwww.otis.edu/calendar/detail/id/1544
10 Year Anniversary Celebration MFA Creative Writing
April 28, 6:30pm – 9:00 pm
Join students, alumni, faculty and staff for a reception, tour of The Story of O exhibition by Roy Dowell and readings by alums Gilad Elbom ('03 MFA Writing) and Barbara Maloutas ('02 MFA Writing).www.otis.edu/calendar/detail/id/1484
Career Services www.otis.edu/career offers a variety of resources and services to alumni.
One-hour appointments are available with a counselor to discuss job and/or career issues including:
internship and job search assistance, resume and cover letter guidance, portfolio review, mock interviewing, Myers-Briggs Assessment and employer listings. Contact Cassie Ehrenberg Assistant Director of Career Services at email@example.com.
If you need information about how to log into the on-line job board for alumni please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Otis Tote Bag: Made from the recycled city banners that celebrated the 90th Anniversary of Otis. On the left see alumnae Summer Spanton('09 Fashion Design) and Ila Erickson (09’ Fashion Design) constructed the totes and Brooklyn Brown ( '07 Communication Arts) designed the hang tag and label (middle). Mark Caneso ('05 Communication Arts) designed the 90th Homecoming logo. Classic Otis T-shirt (on right)
Place your credit card order with the art supply store Graphaids (Westchester Location) 310-216-6300, shipping available to all states and internationally.