• Sitting in Sound

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

    Jul 15| Special Event

    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).


Jill Higashi-Zeleznik Appointed Chair of Fashion Design at Otis College

Professor and Assistant Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik Will Assume Her New Role as Chair of Fashion Design Effective July 1, 2017.

Following an extensive input-gathering process involving external and internal experts in the field, several Otis College board of trustees members, fashion program faculty and staff, department chairs, and academic directors, a detailed job prospectus was created and disseminated nationally and internationally. The search committee for the position included members of the fashion faculty/teaching staff, current Otis College design chairs, one faculty member each from another design departments and from liberal arts and sciences, the associate provost for academic administration, and the vice presidents for institutional advancement and human resources and development. Open forums were conducted and community feedback gathered for search committee consideration, leading to the recommendation of three finalists for the position. 

Jill Higashi-Zeleznik ('87) served as interim chair of fashion design during the 2016-17 academic year and was assistant chair of the department for the previous 19 years. Prior to joining the Otis faculty, she studied at Otis/Parsons and had a long and distinguished career in the fashion industry at the design director level, with a particular focus on turning around under-performing companies/divisions. Challenges in that arena entailed restructuring and developing design teams, evaluating market competition, enhancing the organization’s image and design, supervising creative direction, and analyzing all aspects of the production process. 

“President Ferguson and I greatly look forward to working with Jill as the Otis fashion design program enters a new era,” said Randall Lavender, provost at Otis College.

During her years at Otis, Zeleznik has distinguished herself as a truly outstanding teacher and contributed substantially to the fashion design program’s strong reputation, which has garnered the respect of top industry leaders. At the same time, she has helped to build a robust network of alumni and industry partners who are integral to the program’s success. She is known for dependable leadership in a program whose linchpin is relevance and vision for sustainability, as well as for her strong capacities to develop students, foster their success, and help graduates achieve their professional goals. 

As interim chair Zeleznik brought her expertise to bear in (among other ways) furthering fashion design’s new costume design emphasis, a recent addition to the program’s continued expansion of the opportunities it offers students to engage a wide range of design challenges. She also maintains strong ties to the fashion industry, and thereby to the trends, best practices, and standards of an ever-changing field.

Going forward, Zeleznik will play a crucial role in evolving fashion design’s curriculum, reflecting the fact that the industry itself continually expects more and different things from program graduates. She has creative ideas for implementing new cross-department collaborative opportunities for students to address contemporary needs, enhancements for flexibility within the curriculum, and opportunities for students to focus on individual interests in addition to problems set by world-class mentors. 



Students in the fashion design program become educated and practiced in all aspects of the design process as they work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design.  The program differentiates itself from other art and design competitors by providing a structured curriculum with a singular emphasis on developing capable, innovative, and professional fashion designers (with a comprehensive knowledge of both moderate and designer markets).  For decades, this formula has proven successful in shaping students into creative professionals prepared for a seamless transition into the industry.  


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