• 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.


Emerson Woelffer Paintings to Benefit Otis College Scholarship Fund

Otis College is Pleased to Announce a Partnership with Los Angeles Modern Auctions

Otis College of Art and Design is honored to be partnering with the Estate of Emerson Woelffer and Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) in an on-going partnership for the estate and legacy of artist Emerson Woelffer. This partnership will include the management and sale of the artist’s estate in future LAMA auctions and private treaties to benefit the Scholarship Fund of Otis College of Art and Design. A number of Woelffer's paintings, including Born To The Day, 1950, Untitled, 1993, and Untitled, 1973 will go to auction on May 21, 2017. 


Emerson Woelffer, Born To The Day, 1950

Emerson Woelffer, Born To The Day, 1950
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Emerson Woelffer (1914-2003) taught at Otis College of Art and Design for nearly twenty years and remained active with the , until his death in 2003. The sale of works by the artist will directly benefit the cause Woelffer dedicated his life to: arts education. Emerson Woelffer influenced generations of artists, who still remember his generosity and encouragement. "Emerson Woelffer was one of the greats of Abstract Expressionism," said prominent muralist Kent Twitchell (’77 MFA Fine Arts) "It was a privilege being around him during my years at Otis. I could never measure the influence Emerson had on all of us as a teacher, role model, and friend."


Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1973

Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1973
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Woelffer’s work and practice are uniquely ‘L.A.’ Los Angeles was Woelffer’s home for nearly forty years, and it was here that he pursued his own artistic expression and pushed his students to go beyond what was happening in New York at the time. It is in the special laboratory that is Los Angeles that Woelffer thrived, and it is particularly appropriate that his work stay in the city and be represented by Los Angeles Modern Auctions.


Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1993

Emerson Woelffer, Untitled, 1993
May 21, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction


Otis College of Art and Design's Scholarship Fund provides vital scholarship funding to many promising young artists and designers who would be unable to complete their education without this support. Artists, designers, writers and creative thinkers play an increasingly critical role in this age of ideas. Investing in the creatives of tomorrow will enable them to strengthen economies, shape the cultural landscape, and bring surprising solutions to complex problems.


Photo: Emerson Woelffer attends an Otis College of Art and Design Commencement Ceremony. Woelffer received an honorary degree from Otis College in 1991. Credit: Jerry de Wilde

Adapted from the announcement by Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA).

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