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.

O-Tube

Paris Trip

  • Travel To Paris

    Students have the amazing opportunity to travel to one of the main centers of art in the world.

  • Foundation Year

    Students will visit museums, historic sites, and the great European city with Foundation faculty for on-site lectures and focused field study.

  • Earn School Credit

    While traveling to Paris for a period of 9 days for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a 1 credit course.

  • Sketching the Sites

    It’s so valuable to get outside of Otis. Those experiences become some of the greatest memories of school — opportunities to be
    immersed in the world. —Danny Phillips (’08)

  • Oui Oui!

    For information, please contact Darren Grosch in the Center for International Education

 

Paris is your classroom: this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the capital of European Art guided by Otis Foundation faculty. On this 9 day course you will see the greatest museums in the world: the Louvre, the Musee D'Orsay, the Pompidou...; walk through masterpieces of European architecture; draw in your visual jounral in the beautiful gardens of Paris; eat warm French bread while you walk the streets and take in the buzz of Parisian life.

 

Former students were asked, “Would you recommend this course to other students?”

I would recommend this program to other students. I would tell them that it is quite literally the opportunity of a life time and an experience you will never forget. You learn not only as individuals but as a group unit. You learn life lessons that will remain with you always that help you understand the world in another light. It is a very humbling and beautiful experience that I believe every student should be apart of. It is an investment in your future.

-Paris Student, Spring 2017

I would absolutely recommend this program. First, if you think you know how to sketch now, well buddy, you are going to KNOW how to sketch by the end. It is astonishing the gigantic difference just small suggestions from the faculty make. Listen to them. If you are unsure, please ask questions. Honestly, just become their friends. They are wonderful people and root you into this culture that you otherwise would just kind of float through. Take your time to do research on the places you are going to. That is my one piece of advice. You will be running around these massive spaces and if you only have an hour to draw, having a general idea of where pieces are or which ones a museum has that you like, I feel would have been extremely helpful.

- Paris Student, Spring 2017

I highly recommend this program to future students. It is a once in a lifetime experience to study so vigorously in a beautiful environment like Paris. You get to enjoy food, famous museums, and meet new friends that you wouldn’t have otherwise became as close with. The knowledge and experience I gained from this course is priceless. I understand how to effectively utilize visual jounrals and I am eager to continue using sketchbooks throughout the rest of my life.

- Paris Student, Spring 2016

 

ContactCenter for International Education or Lead Faculty: Matthew Penkala

Approximate Cost: $3,200.00
   Included:
   Airfare
   Land transportation
   Accommodations
   Excursions and activities
   Experiential learning activities
   Site entrance fees
   Two Group Dinners


   Not Included:
   Personal expenses
   Personal meals
   Transportation to and from LAX
   Passport Fees
   Tourist Visa Fees (If applicable)

Flyer  
(Click to view)

Apply for Paris Course elective here.

Otis College has a robust Travel Emergency Action Plan established and active within all related travel study programs. For more information on this plan, please click here


 
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist