Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • 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).

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    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.

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2017 Otis Report On The Creative Economy Reveals California’s Robust Creative Economy Leads Nation

Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez with Academy members Victoria Alonso and Debra Martin Chase Lead Discussion at Release Event

The findings of the 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy were released on May 18, 2017, by Otis College of Art and Design at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Bruce W. Ferguson, president of Otis College of Art and Design, welcomed the live and online audience, introducing Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who provided her thoughts on the creative economy and the entertainment industry. Isaacs’ remarks prefaced a panel discussion on the topic led by report economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez with Academy members Victoria Alonso and Debra Martin Chase.

Since 2007, Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation LAEDC to generate the Otis Report on the Creative Economy, first as a report on the Los Angeles Region and then joined by a statewide report, supported by the California Arts Council. The Otis Reports are invaluable tools to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the area's creative sector on the economy.

Significant findings in the 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California include: 

  • Creative economy output totaled $406.5 billion (direct, indirect, and induced).
  • The creative economy generated 1.6 million jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and those wage and salary workers earned $136 billion in total labor income.
  • With 747,600 direct jobs, California surpasses New York State, which has 478,100 jobs, followed by Texas at 230,600 jobs.
  • Property taxes, state and local personal income taxes, and sales taxes directly and indirectly generated by the creative industries totaled $16.7 billion across all of California.
  • The largest direct job counts in California’s creative sector were in entertainment (171,500), publishing and printing (154,200), and fashion (119,800). Together, these three industries accounted for 60 percent of direct creative industries employment in California.
  • Creative occupations often require high levels of education or skills training, with close to 50 percent of those examined requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region and California is available for download online at http://www.otis.edu/otisreport. In addition, key findings of the statewide report will be addressed at an informational legislative hearing in Sacramento, CA on May 24, 2017, organized by the Joint Committee on the Arts.

Now in its fourth year, this year’s Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California features an addendum analyzing issues of affordable artist housing and retaining and supporting California artists and creative workers, authored by Artspace Projects and developed with support from the California Arts Council. Additionally, the statewide report highlights local creative industries via eight regional snapshots; including the Bay Area, Capital Region, Central Coast, Central Valley, Inland Empire, San Diego and the Imperial Valley, Southern California, and Upstate California.

Funding for the 2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy was provided by California Arts Council, Mattel, City National Bank, and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Additional support provided by DPR Construction, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Marsh, Moss Adams, SignCentrix, Sony Pictures, and Alan Zafran. Media partners included Arts for LA, Arts for Orange County, Californians for the Arts, and LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

 

Photo: Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez (center) with Academy members Victoria Alonso (left) and Debra Martin Chase (right) discuss the creative economy in the Los Angeles region. Credit: Allison Knight

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