Events
  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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Eric Rodriguez ('12)

May 6, 2013
Alumni Profile - Illustration
Spotlight Category: Student

What was your most fun/influential class?
“Illustrated Book” really made me focus on why I liked certain ideas, and why I made certain choices. It taught me to get to the heart of a project and be consistent with that concept. I definitely did some of my most unhindered and honest work.

What is your hometown? I grew up in Visalia, California.

What originally attracted you to Otis?
I expected to be held to a very high standard, and knew that demanding a lot from myself was the best way for me to progress.

How did you decide on your major?
I’ve loved comics since childhood. As I matured and started to realize the full potential of comics as an artistic medium, I knew they were what I wanted to focus on in my career. In Foundation Year, I was fairly certain that I wanted to go into Illustration because I felt that it was the best major to teach me what I needed.

Cool things you did outside of school?
JT Steiny (’84) organized several group book shows at Meltdown Comics in West Hollywood. He invested his own time and effort into it for the sake of the students. They were always a lot of fun. Sometimes we got together on the weekends and played soccer on the Otis lawn.

How did Otis affect your work/life?
I developed a strong work ethic and drive to succeed. Admittedly, I feel that I traded some important aspects of my life for four years away from people I cared about. My life changed in ways I never expected.

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I have a whole list of normal things that I’ve never done, like go camping or ride on a boat or attend a concert.

What would you tell new students?
Be prepared to work hard. You’ll probably have friends who attend large universities, join clubs and intramural sports teams, go for bike rides and road trips, throw parties, and go out on dates. You will not do any of these things, or, at least not very often. Your priorities will swiftly shift to a choice between eating, sleeping, or working. You’ll usually choose the latter. If you take it seriously, it will feel more like going to work than going to school, and by the end you’ll be glad it did.

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