Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • 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).

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Convocation

Convocation

The Annual Faculty Convocation is a college-wide event featuring keynote presentations, guest speakers of special interest, or discussion groups/workshops related to the education of artists and designers. The event is designed to welcome all returning and new faculty to campus, to provide updates on major developments at Otis over the summer, to offer a compelling presentation program to start the academic year, and to celebrate Otis' current recipients of Teaching Excellence Awards.

The 2017 All Faculty Convocation will be held on Wednesday, August 23 in the Forum. Our program will look inward this year at our remarkable accomplishments in supporting student success through innovative, effective teaching and surrounding practices. Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson will welcome the Faculty with opening remarks; Provost Randall Lavender will follow with a brief message and the introduction of our keynote speaker, Jill L Ferguson (no relation to the President!). Author, editor, higher education consultant, artist, and assessment in the creative disciplines expert, Jill L. Ferguson will lead an interactive session to inform and engage us as we prepare for our upcoming WASC Reaccreditation review and campus visit. Jill is the author of Assessment in Creative Disciplines: Quantifying and Qualifying the Aesthetic (Common Ground 2014) and Inquiry-Based Learning for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators (Emerald Insight, 2014). Following this activity, Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation, Debra Ballard, will dive deeper into specifics that we all need to be aware of in preparation for our opportunity to showcase how you—the teaching faculty—instigate, fulfill, and continuously improve the transformational experience that our programs provide. The annual Teaching Excellence Awards Celebration will follow honoring some of Otis’ finest faculty members. The Convocation will adjourn with a faculty/staff luncheon and departmental faculty meetings.


The 2016 Faculty Convocation was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in the Otis Forum, situated within a new 89,000 square-foot student housing, academic, and student services complex. Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson welcomed the Faculty with opening remarks; Provost Randall Lavender followed with a brief message and introduction of the keynote speaker, Dr. Tia Brown McNair. As Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities, Dr. McNair is a leader in advancing student success and making excellence inclusive in higher education. In her keynote presentation, "Advancing Faculty Diversity through the Vision and Practice of Inclusive Excellence," Dr. McNair illuminated ways that institutions can create campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today's increasingly diverse cohort of students who require an institution-wide commitment to addressing diversity, equity, learning, and student success as core values with measurable goals. The recognition of Faculty Promotions and the annual Teaching Excellence Awards Celebration followed the keynote presentation honoring four of Otis’ finest faculty.  


The 2015 Convocation featured Otis’ new President, Bruce W. Ferguson, who welcomed the Faculty with opening remarks.  Provost Randall Lavender followed with remarks and the introduction of the keynote speaker. Richard Louv, award-winning author, journalist, and commentator, spoke about his recent book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age and national bestseller Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.  Louv’s work brings to our attention the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation, and the theme of his presentation at Otis was:  "Hybrid Minds: Technology and Nature."  Louv's often-cited phrase, "nature-deficit disorder," served an apt metaphor for one of Otis' longstanding discussions—that of its relative making focus, along with its attention to fostering students' critical thinking and technical skills.  The annual Teaching Excellence Awards Celebration recognizing Otis Faculty achievements followed the keynote presentation.  Associate Provost for Assessment and Accreditation Debra Ballard and Provost Lavender then launched Otis’ 3-year WASC and NASAD reaccreditation cycles, and outlined for the Faculty the plan for successfully completing and learning from assessment practices, self-study, and upcoming site visits.

 

The 2014 Convocation featured Interim President Kerry Walk and Acting Provost Randall Lavender, who updated the academic community on current matters, and introduced keynote speaker Dr. Mark Milliron, award-winning education leader, author, speaker, and consultant.  Dr. Milliron was Deputy Director of Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He has published numerous chapters, articles, and blogs on best practices in higher education, including contributions to such leading publications as Chronicle of Higher Education, American College Testing (ACT) Foundation, and American Journal of Distance Education, and serves on numerous corporate, nonprofit, and education boards and advisory groups, including the Global Online Academy, the Journal for Teaching and Learning with Technology, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the parent organization of the Big Ideas Fest.
 

The 2013 Convocation featured renowned psychological researcher Dr. Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before. The book uses data from 1.3 million young people to show the real differences among generations on self-esteem, individualism, anxiety, sexuality, and other characteristics. Dr. Twenge will use her research to discuss teaching today's college students. Her presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A featuring Chair of Fine Arts, Meg Cranston, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Heather Joseph-Witham, Adjunct Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Foundation, Rob Spruijt, and Assistant Vice President for Student Success/Dean of Student Affairs, Laura Kiralla.
 

The 2012 Convocation featured keynote speaker John Tagg, whose groundbreaking book, The Learning Paradigm College, defines a paradigm shift happening in higher education today that places more importance on learning outcomes and less on the quantity of instruction, and emphasizes results more than formal processes. As Tagg explained, the Instruction Paradigm that has dominated higher education for so long attends to courses, while the Learning Paradigm attends to students. Chair of Liberal Studies, Debra Ballard, shared thoughts, discoveries, and reflections from her own teaching and program administrative experiences, extensive reading in the areas of pedagogy and best teaching practices, and formal training in assessment for higher education.
 

The 2011 Convocation examined the theme of Creativity from three perspectives: research, practice, and teaching application. Renowned creativity researcher Mark A. Runco discussed phases of creativity and talent development. Inspiring advertising leader Will Travis shared insights into creativity through a branding and interactive design lens. And Otis faculty member Linda Hudson shared the innovative Foundation and upper division design course, Creative Practices and Responses.
 

The 2010 Convocation focused on issues of sustainability in art and design education. Keynote speaker Nathan Shedroff, author of numerous books on sustainable art/design practices, including Design is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable, is Chair of the graduate program in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts. Independent currator Patricia Watts shared the work of several unusual and influential artists working in an environmentally-conscious way. And Chair of Fashion Design, Rosemary Brantley,  revealed how the teaching of sustainable practices has been embedded in that program's curriculum.
  

The 2009 Convocation featured artist Bill Viola,  a pioneer in the medium of video art who is internationally recognized as one of today's leading artists, and Susan Metros, Associate Vice Provost for Technology Enhanced Learning and Deputy Chief Information Officer at the University of Southern California. The presentations were facilitated by Chair of Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design, Kali Nikitas.

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