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  • Otis Community Banquet

    Oct 22| Special Event

    In conjunction with the exhibition Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta
    Wednesday, October 22 | Bobrow Green
    11:30am – 12:30pm: Banquet for participating classes
    12:30 – 1:15pm: Open to Otis Community to view class projects created for Banquet, and sample soup and fruit-infused water

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artists Lucy + Jorge Orta.

    Thursday, October 23rd, 10am

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • Artists Lucy + Jorge Orta in conversation with the curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of the traveling exhibition Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta. The conversation is followed by a reception. Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta is on view in the Ben Maltz Gallery through December 6, 2014.

  • JP Munro

    Oct 28| Lectures

    Born 1975, Inglewood, CA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


  • Minor Declaration

    Oct 29| Student Event

    Highly Recommended for Sophomores

  • Rob Spillman

    Oct 29| Lectures

    Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, which has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and elsewhere.

  • Phillip Zach

    Oct 30| Lectures

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Phillip Zach.

    Thursday, October 30th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230



Past Exhibitions 2011


Doin’ it in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building
October 1, 2011 – February 26, 2012

Part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 initiative. See full Doin’ It in Public Website.

Frederick Fisher: The Circle and the Square
June 25 - September 1, 2011
The Circle and Square Press Release (PDF)

This Little Piggy...
June 25 - September 1, 2011

Can art be responsible and opulent? This Little Piggy...showcases current Otis students who look at alternatives to consumptive consumer-culture through objects of resistance and reflection.  Artists: Cake and Eat It, Jamie Crooke, Hanna Kovenock, Shalini Patel and Gabi Vru. Curator: Paige Tighe, Ben Maltz Gallery Curatorial Fellow

BROODWORK: It's About Time
April 30 - June 11, 2011
Press Release (PDF)

An exhibition that explores what family life can provide to creative professionals. While having both a family and a productive practice is nothing new, the trend of honoring the synthesis of the two is a current phenomenon. This exhibition is a project of BROODWORK, the cross-disciplinary inquiry surrounding the integration of creative practice and family life founded by It's About Time curators Iris Anna Regn and Rebecca Niederlander. The curators defined, named and now investigate the practices and output of this previously unspoken vanguard community. For this project, the lens is focused on Time, and presents themes such as Juncture, Momentum, Occasion, and Transference through a wide range of works from the fields of visual art, architecture, design, creative writing, and music within the parameters of 21st century life. Project funding is provided in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance, and Eamon O'Kane's participation in this exhibition is made possible by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

Elizabeth Alexander, Jim Campbell, Joyce Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, John Hall, Tim Hawkinson, Steven Hull, Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Greg Lynn, Dave Muller, Christoph Niemann, Eamon O'Kane, Danica Phelps, Michael Rotondi, Michelle Segre, Tony Tasset, Nina Tolstrup, Corinne Van der Borch and Iwan Baan, and Michael Worthington.

Saturday, April 30, 4pm-6pm - Opening reception with sound performance by Health and Beauty, Workshops by Finishing School and Project Food LA

Sunday, May 22, 2pm-5pm - BROODWORK: Marking Time at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
SMMoA's Cause for Creativity welcomes BROODWORK's intergenerational exploration on how family becomes a mechanism for marking time; includes Ann Faison's Making Time workshop and other hands-on activities. Location: SMMoA, Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404, Info: education@smmoa.org. Tickets: $5, FREE for SMMoA Members

Saturday, June 4, 11am
Gallery tour with BROODWORK Curators

Saturday, June 11, 1-3pm
Book launch and reception for The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (May 2011), Published by Demeter Press, edited by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein.

Sponsored in part by Pasadena Art Alliance.
Eamon O'Kane's participation in this exhibition is funded in part by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

Imagine Ireland  Pasadena Arts Alliance    Santa Monica Museum of Art

American Icons: Graphics of Patriotism and Dissent
April 1 - 16, 2011

American Icons

This exhibition presents 75+ posters that riff on classic American icons from the 18th-20th centuries—including the flag, eagle, dollar sign, Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam—in order to confront contemporary political, social and environmental issues. This project is a partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics politicalgraphics.org and Otis' Integrated Learning seminar Designing the Political led by Guy Bennett, Kerri Steinberg and Carol Wells. It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the California Arts Council.

Saturday Programs are free and open to the public:
April 2: Tour with Curator and Otis Students, 3pm
April 9: Panel Discussion with John Carr, Alma Lopez, Youth Justice Coalition, Carol A. Wells, and Otis students, 3pm-5pm
April 16: Tour with Curator and Otis Students, 2:30 pm followed by a closing reception from 4pm-6pm

CSPG     National Endowment for the Arts     California Arts Council    California Art Lvr

April 1 - 16, 2011

This annual exhibition features Graphic Design by students from colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area. It is organized and sponsored by the AIGA LA Education Committee and hosted by OTIS' Communication Arts Department and Ben Maltz Gallery.

AIGA, the professional association for design, is the place design professionals turn to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.

Wake Amusements
March 1 – 30, 2011

Wake Amusements is an exhibition organized by Curator Matt Packer from the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork. The exhibition features artist books by 12 contemporary Irish artists, who each use the book format as a space of display, investigation and interaction. Adopting the title of 'wake amusements', and drawing reference to the jovial funerary practices that were an Irish folk tradition up until the turn of the 20th century, the artists books have been selected to reflect the theme of enlivening the dead as applied to people, places, and objects. The exhibition features the following Irish artists: Fergus Feehily, Simon Cutts, Sean Lynch, Alice Maher, David Sherry, Daniel Jewesbury, Stephen Brandes, Ciara Healy, Nevan Lehart, Jaki Irvine, Erica Van Horn, and Garrett Phelan. This project is funded in part by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

imagineireland | image 1 | image 2

Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green
January 18 – March 19 2011

The first large-scale survey to present the innovative sculptures of Los Angeles based artist Phyllis Green, highlighting the important contribution Green has made to art and craft for more than two decades. Throughout her career, Green has used the traditional techniques of craft to achieve unconventional outcomes in the realm of fine art. Cleverly combining such materials as clay, wood and fiber, she produces sculpture that pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of craft and challenges the lingering modernist assumption that decoration and ornament are enemies of high art. Many of her mixed media objects are hybrids of symbolic male and female representation: perforated and projecting, soft and hard, inside and outside. They evoke all manner of "female" allusions by their small size and by the multi-layered use of flocking, feathers and fabric. The use of body imagery as form and content, and the location of the body as a site of desire and identity are consistent features of Green's artistic output between 1985-2010, the period on which the exhibition focuses. www.phyllisgreen.net


Saturday Feb 26, 11am FREE
Gallery tour with Phyllis Green followed by a no-host lunch at a local eatery

Saturday March 12, 9:30a-2p FREE - Registration required

CLAY in LA: Ceramics Symposium sponsored by The Boardman Foundation
Join Otis for a dynamic panel discussion led by curator and writer Jo Lauria ('90) with artists Ruby Neri, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire, and Adam Silverman followed by demonstrations with Robert Miller ('90), Kevin Meyer ('93), and Adam Silverman interspersed with film screenings and an artist & curator led tour of the exhibition Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green


Press Release / Slideshow / Video: Artist Walk-Thru / Video: Curator’s Walk-Thru