Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Otis Alumni and Faculty Entrepreneurs

Support Otis alumni and faculty entrepreneurs! The list below provides information on retail stores and galleries owned by alumni, and websites where alumni and faculty designed products can be purchased.

 

Galleries/Boutiques

Robert Gunderman ('88)
ACME. L.A.

Jacob Rhodes
Field Projects, N.Y.

Jade Lai
Creatures of Comfort, L.A. and N.Y.

Robert Apodaca ('03)
Fifth Floor Gallery, L.A.

Eleana del Rio ('89)
Koplin del Rio, L.A.

Wanda Weller ('88)
Modern Folk Living, Ojai

Carla Decker ('93)
Plastica, L.A.

Eric Kermanikian ('00 MFA)
Western Project, L.A.

 

 

 

Jewelry/Accessories

Abigail Cosio ('07)
 

Nancy Newberg ('84)
Nancy Newberg Jewelry

Apollo Crowe ('07)
 

Amanda Thomas ('10)
Luv AJ

Rachel Mastre ('04)
Kokoro Kara Jewelry

Jody Rollins ('05)
Yellow 108

Isis Jara ('10)
Senesence

Therese Kochakji ('07)
Finger-Bracelets

Sonia Boyajian ('01)
Sonia Boyajian

Lillian Shalom (’07)
Lillian Shalom

   
Fashion Design

Rebecca Virtue ('90)
BECCA by Rebecca Virtue (swimwear)

Deborah Sabet ('05)
 

Consuelo Asper ('01)
Wingswear

Rod Beattie ('86)
Bleu by Rod Beattie (swimwear)

Michelle Wenke & Megan George ('04)
Monrow

Cynthia Vincent ('88)
 

Maya Reynolds ('07)
Clade (L.A. boutique)

Red Carter ('92)
Red Carter Swimwear

Paul Nguyen ('96)
Fore!! Axel & Hudson

Jessica Elrod (Allen) ('06)
Cavelle Kids

Meleina Mayhew ('00)
Sugar Pants

Heather Goldberg ('09)
Haber

Claire Pettibone ('89)
Claire Pettibone

Louiza Babouryan ('98)
Louiza Babouryan

Jenni Kayne ('01)
Jenni Kayne

Design Products

Blaine Fontana ('02)
Fontana Studios

Ashkahn Shahparnia ('06)
www.ashkahn.com/
(also available at MOCA, Hammer Museum)

Tim Biskup ('88)
store.timbiskup.com/

Bianca D'Amico ('05)
Chaparral Studio

Charles Carroll ('09)
Clean Aesthetic

Leslie Ross-Robertson (CE faculty)
Modern Optic (stationery and prints)

Kristen Erickson (’03)
www.kris10erickson.com

Leigh Kivowitz Spencer ('99)
Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker

Tula Pink ('02)
www.tulapink.com/

Camille Rose Garcia ('92)
Camille Rose Garcia Store

Jeremy Madl ('00)
Mad Toy Design

Nate Mitchell ('04)
Squid Kids Ink

Jessica Chrysler (’08)
Jessica Chrysler
(Design objects and illustrated books)

Lishu and Leonardo Rodriguez (’01)
El Dot Designs

Tanya Aguiñiga (Product Design faculty member)
www.aguinigadesign.com
(also available at many museum stores)

David Billings (’88)
Dogleg Right

Haley Robinson ('08)
www.haleyannrobinson.com/

Jenn Romero ('08)
Unurth

Lorna Turner (CE faculty)
cards available at YOLK

Erin Adams ('87)
Brainworks Home

Melanie Abrantes ('12)
Melanie Abrantes Designs

Ingred Sidie (’89)

Dick Termes
Termespheres

 

 

 

Books

Ben Maltz Gallery Publications

Rebecca Chamlee ('85) Faculty member, Communication Arts
Pie in the Sky Press (handbound letterpress books)

Barbara Maloutas ('02 MFA) Associate Chair, Communication Arts (poetry)
In a Combination of Practices

Sandow Birk ('89)
Dante's Divine Comedy

Annie Buckley (’03 MFA)
The Kids Yoga Deck

Sarah Perry ('83)
If… (childrens)

Ian Falconer ('83)
Olivia series (childrens)

Aaron Clark ('08)
The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime
And other Crime Fiction

Seismicity Editions
Michele Houston (’96)
The Wonderful Healing Leaves

Hideko Takahashi ('94)
Children's Books

Cole Moss ('11)
Unicorn Being a Jerk/Why Unicorn Drinks

Sam Watters ('02 MFA)
Books on historical homes and gardens

Gerald Lange (CE faculty)
The Bieler Press (Chapbooks, woodcuts, artists books)

Robert Cabeen (’73)
 

 

 

 

Edibles

Laura Magardechian ('12)
Chubby Cheek Cakes (custom cakes)

Paul Wackym ('85)
Wackym's Kitchen (cookies/treats)