Events
  • 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.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Celebrating Military Veterans in the Arts at Otis College of Art and Design

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

Otis College will host an evening dedicated to America’s servicemen and women Thursday, October 30th, 2014 6:30pm. Craft in America will premier its documentary, “Service,” which explores creativity and healing among our nation’s veterans and soldiers
Celebrating Military Veterans in the Arts

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"This evening will be a wonderful tribute to the servicemen and women who have made an indelible mark on the art world with their work and creative vision."

Otis College of Art and Design and the Otis Veteran’s Association, in conjunction with Craft in America, is proud to present an evening honoring America’s servicemen and women on October 30, 2014 at Otis College of Art and Design in the Ahmanson Hall Forum, located at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The event will begin at 6:30pm with a live demonstration by artists Claire Hanzakos, Kaija Keel, and Jilda Schwartz, who will be sculpting life-size busts of three Otis alumni who are veteran artists: Tom Van Sant (’57 MFA), Kent Twitchell (’77 MFA), and George Martinez (’14 BFA). The demonstration is sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Art Options Foundation as part of its Face to Face visual art project, which involved the sculpting of one hundred life-sized busts of men and women veterans as an act of remembrance and historical record. During the demonstration, a short documentary on the Face to Face project will be screened.

Immediately following the sculpture demonstration, Craft in America will premier its newest documentary, “Service,” exploring creativity and healing among our nation’s veterans and soldiers. Craft in America is an award-winning series that examines America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. This advance screening of “Service” will be shown in the Galef Center for Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design at 8:00pm, “Service” will be broadcast nationwide on PBS on November 2, 2014. KOCE Los Angeles will air “Service” at 10:30pm Sun. Nov. 2nd.

The event was developed through Otis’ Creative Action class “Clay in LA: 1945 to Present,” which is supported, in part, by a grant from the Hearst Foundations. Additional support for the Otis Veterans Association is provided by The Ahmanson Foundation and its Ahmanson Veteran’s Scholarship Initiative. This event was co-organized by Jo Lauria of Craft in America, who is also a Creative Action mentor.

“This evening will be a wonderful tribute to the servicemen and women who have made an indelible mark on the art world with their work and creative vision,” said Otis Product Design Faculty Joan Takayama-Ogawa. “We are proud to highlight and celebrate these exceptional artists and their creative achievements.”

This event is open to the public. RSVP at (310) 846-2617 or through email at mtecle(at)otis(dot)edu

EVENT DETAILS
Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30pm – 9pm
Otis College of Art and Design / Ahmanson Hall Forum
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Free parking is available at the Otis parking garage

AGENDA
6:30pm – “Face to Face” Documentary Screening and Live Sculpture Demonstration
8:00pm – Craft in America Premier of “Service”

ABOUT THE CREATIVE ACTION PROGRAM
The Creative Action Program at Otis College of Art and Design offers project-based courses that match multidisciplinary teams of students with local and international community partners. Creative Action courses introduce students to pressing environmental and social issues through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Through research, leadership, and collaboration, students focus their creativity on real-world problems. These skills are essential to the career of an artist or designer.

ABOUT CRAFT IN AMERICA
Craft in America, the Peabody Award-wining series, continues to explore America's creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The newest episode, SERVICE, part of the PBS veterans initiative Stories of Service*, is the story of craft and the military and premieres on PBS in November. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, SERVICE documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

Ancillary projects include hours of online videos and interactive learning materials, museum exhibitions, the Random House book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, and the free-to-the-public Craft in America Center located in Los Angeles, offering artist talks, exhibitions, workshops and a library of publications on the history and techniques of craft.

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