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  • 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).

  • 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.

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Otis College of Art and Design's 2017 Commencement Ceremony

On Mother's Day, Otis College of Art and Design held its 2017 Commencement Ceremony in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College. Remarks by college president Bruce W. Ferguson, honorary degree recipient Thom Mayne, and valedictorian Hana Siobhan O'Regan all urged the new graduates to use their creative practice as a vehicle to move the world, and themselves, forward. 

"To be a professional creative person is always a sustained act of courage," said Otis College president Bruce W. Ferguson in his opening remarks. "The arts in all its forms do offer a difference to the unquestioned logic of society. Our 2017 graduates will inscribe new stories, create new spontaneities, perform and play with new forms, sustained against mediocrity."

Commencement speaker Thom Mayne echoed his sentiments, highlighting the unique role that art and design play in the evolution of humanity. "The arts are uniquely capable of critically revealing aspects of ourselves, the world around us, and the relationship between the two. They are our anchor." Mayne, one of the world's leading architects, is the founder of Morphosis and has over forty years experience contributing to leading academic institutions and the study of architecture. He went on to encourage the graduates to work at their own pace, embrace the difficult, and continue to push the boundaries of their practice. "Your creativity will sustain you, in many ways, largely by its reciprocal potential, the rich feedback loop of a continued questioning that is embedded in the creative will."  

 

 

"As artists and designers, we have a powerful set of tools, the first of which is our imaginations," valedictorian Hana Siobhan O'Regan ('17 Communication Arts) remarked. "One thing I know we've all learned at Otis is that there's always another solution. The skills we've spent years honing at Otis, creativity, ingenuity, daring, innovation, those are our superpowers and we can harness them for good as long as we put our minds to it." The Valedictorian award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work represents the pinnacle of academic excellence. Chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance and the exceptional quality of her work, Hana hopes to utilize her design to bring attention to the overlooked, the unconsidered, and the ignored.

President Ferguson recognized Teaching Excellence Award recipients J.T. Steiny, Joanne Mitchell, and Jessica Ngo and provost Randall Lavender recognized the Academic Excellence Award recipients, a student from each program department chosen based on their academic achievement, quality of work, and personal character. The newly minted alumni, representing all seven undergraduate programs and four graduate programs, also displayed work at the college's Annual Exhibition.

Family and friends greeted their graduates after the ceremony with flowers, balloons, and heartfelt congratulations, see highlights from the weekend below. 

 

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