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  • Design Week 2016

    Otis will host international talent, for its 5th annual Design Week, a series of week-long intensive design workshops with students, faculty, and visiting artists and designers.

    Theme: “GAME ON!”

    June 12 – 17, 2016.
    Public Lecture:

    June 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm.
    Goldsmith Campus

    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
    Free Admission and Parking

  • Classes Begin

  • Campus Closed for the Holiday.

  • Classes End.

  • Classes End

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures

    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.


Karen Moss

Karen Moss
Adjunct Professor
BA, UC Santa Cruz, MA & PhD, University of Southern California

Moss is a Los Angeles-based art historian, curator and writer who organizes exhibitions, artists’ residencies, performance series, and public programs. Her areas of expertise include conceptual, performance and intermedia art since the 1960s, contemporary art and social practices, and experimental pedagogies.


Currently, Moss is consulting curator for Talking to Action, at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis’ participation part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Los Angeles/Latin America initiative and is also on the curatorial team for CURRENT: LA, the upcoming inaugural Los Angeles Public Art Biennial.

Previously, Moss was Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Curator at Orange County Museum of Art, where she curated numerous exhibitions including State of Mind: New Art from California Circa 1970 for the Getty’s PST LA, 1945-1985; Illumination: The Paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Agnes Martin and Florence Pierce; California Biennials and accompanying residency projects with Jed Caesar, Mary Kelly, Shana Lutker, My Barbarian and Mario Ybarra, among others.

Prior to OCMA, as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at San Francisco Art Institute, Moss curated Sharon Lockhart/Kelly Nipper, Topographies, Touch: Relational Art from the 1990s (with Nicolas Bourriaud) and international residencies with Tania Bruguera, Lee Bul, Los Carpinteros, Wim Delvoye, Pierre Huyghe/Philppe Parenno, and Rikrit Tiranvanija, among others.

In her position as Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at the Walker Art Center, Moss curated Performance in the 1970s: Experiencing the Everyday, Art of the 1960s: Media is the Message and oversaw artists’ residencies, lectures, panels, symposia and other public programs.

Moss was the first Director of Programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art where she curated Kim Abeles: Encyclopedia Persona, Altered Egos: Making Art as Another and co-organized SMMOAs’ signature series of site-specific installations. Early in her career she was assistant curator at MOCA, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Moss has published curatorial essays in exhibition catalogues and has written articles, essays and interviews for both art publications and scholarly journals. She also currently teaches in the USC Roski Curatorial M.A. Program and has taught previously at Cal State University Long Beach, and San Francisco Art Institute.

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