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  • Silke Otto-Knapp is a painter and associate professor of painting and drawing at UCLA. 
     
    She has had recent one-person exhibitions at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; Greengrassi, London; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; Kunstverein Munich, Germany; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; the Banff Centre, Canada; Modern Art Oxford, UK; and Tate Britain, London.
     
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  • Sergej Jensen

    Mar 31| Lectures
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    Sergej Jensen’s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references. Primarily known for his textile works, his lyrical compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool.
     
    He recently exhibited his work in the show "Classic" at Regen Projects, and his work is also included in LACMA's show "Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting.”
  • Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department presents the film collaborative from Berlin OJOBOCA.

     

    Thursday April 2nd, 2015
    7pm in Ahmanson Hall, lower-level screening room.
    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

     

  • Rea Tajiri

    Apr 07| Lectures
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    Rea Tajiri is a New York based filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental, and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. She is also an Associate Professor at Temple University in the Film Media Arts Department.
     
    Learn more about the artist here.
     
  • Dusk to Dusk

    Apr 11| Exhibition
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    James Aldridge, The Gathering, 2010, Acrylic on canvas


    Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

    April 11 - July 26, 2015  |  Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10-5 / Thu 10-7 / Sat-Sun 12-4

  • Come fly a kite!

    Bring your family and friends to make and fly kites at the beach.

    Everyone will receive his or her own free, unique kite along with color theory instruction. Otis students will provide advice.

    Where

    Just north of the Santa Monica Pier
    Parking at the North Parking Lot 1: $12

    When

    Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 am – 4 pm

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Gifts in Action

Among the recently received gifts from foundations are grants from the Ahmanson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Getty Foundation, and Irvine Foundation. Our thanks to these foundations and others for their support. 

 

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The Ahmanson Foundation Veteran Student Scholarship Initiative (AVSI)

Otis was selected as one of 25 colleges and universities in Southern California recognized for excellence in serving student veterans. The Foundation’s goal is to help recruit, retain, and educate students who are pursuing higher education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

AVSI is designed to provide maximum flexibility so that participants can be responsive to student veterans’ individualized needs. In 2013, the inaugural year of the initiative, Otis received a $50,000 grant for scholarship support. The award complements the Ahmanson Foundation’s generous and longstanding contributions to Otis for annual scholarships and an endowed scholarship for graduate students.

A partner in the federal Yellow Ribbon Program, Otis provides a 100% match of financial assistance for tuition and fees provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the past several years, on average, seven veterans have registered for degree programs, among the highest rate of veteran enrollment in the College’s history.
Many of the student veterans self-identify as artists first. They take deep pride in their acceptance to the College because they were not asked to disclose their veteran status; admission decisions are based on artistic merit and academic performance. Yet, given their professional experience, they quickly emerge as campus leaders for their seriousness of purpose, creative approach to problem solving, and commitment to teamwork.

Just as they represent all branches of the military, from combat illustrators in the Marines to bridge crew members in the Army, their major areas of study reflect all academic departments, from Digital Media to Fashion Design. They are inspired by the examples set by fellow servicemen and women who are pursuing creative professions such as Nick Hayes (Toy Design ‘13), a lead game designer at Spin Master Ltd.

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The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

The Hearst Foundation made an extraordinary investment with a $600,000 grant over three years for annual scholarships and innovative curricula. In academic year 2013, the award supported sixteen undergraduates who would not otherwise have been able to attend Otis, and dozens of community partnerships for the Creative Action: Integrated Learning Program.

Hearst Scholar Ha Young Helen Ko explains that she is resolutely confident about her decision to study art but her opportunity depended entirely on private support: “When I remember how much art has done to help me cope with difficulties in my life, my desire to become an artist only becomes stronger. It is because of the Hearst Foundation’s generous donation that I am able to pay my tuition, my materials, and all the other miscellaneous costs of attending school. Because of my family's financial situation, for the longest time I gave up on being an artist. I still can't believe I'm now working towards becoming one, and one of the best ones at that, because I'm at Otis where I can learn the techniques and skills from professionals."  Throughout her academic career, Ko will learn firsthand to apply her art and design skills to address community needs because all undergraduates take three years of elective courses in Creative Action. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation is providing major support for this program in which students work in trans-disciplinary teams to identify creative solutions to social and environmental issues.

Among the community partners is Junior Blind of America, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping children and adults who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-disabled achieve independence. Students worked with peers from different majors to identify ways to promote social interaction and campus beautification at Junior Blind’s Los Angeles campus, which serves 8,000 blind, partially sighted, or multiply disabled annual visitors, 70% of whom are under age 12. The students conceived, built, and installed a mobile sound sculpture, haptic games, an indoor water feature, a wayfinding xylophone, and a three-dimensional mural that depicts canonical works of art.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation joins other philanthropic leaders who support the Otis Student Scholarship Fund, including the Ahmanson Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, William H. Hannon Foundation, and The Rose Hills Foundation. Additional support for Creative Action is provided by Art4Moore and the National Arts and Disability Center.


 

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In Mourning and in Rage, by Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz. Holly Near singing on the steps of L.A. City Hall. (1978)

The Getty Foundation

Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building, an exhibition, two scholarly publications, and a series of public events documented, contextualized, and paid tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives that were centered in and around the L.A. Woman’s Building in the 1970s and 1980s. The project was part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, of more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months in 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Generous support was also provided by the 

Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Dept of Cultural Affairs, City of L.A.

 

The James Irvine Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation awarded funding for the implementation of the Teaching and Learning Initiative. The promotes systemic change at all levels of learning and teaching of Media Arts, at Otis and in public schools and community organizations through strategic partnerships with local and regional institutions. With the Irvine Foundation’s support, Otis strengthens its commitment to inspiring the artistic, academic, and professional growth of its students, faculty, and the greater community.

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The Vons Foundation

The Vons Foundation provides scholarship support for Otis' Summer of Art Program.

Camille Papa, 2014 Summer of Art Vons Foundation Scholar