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  • For the second year in a row, Otis will be hosting the Community Works Institute - Summer West. This is a five day professional development program for K-16 teachers focused on place based education, service learning and sustainability. There is a discounted rate for Otis faculty, staff, students and alumni to participate. Contact the Artists Community Teaching program for more info: act@otis.edu

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  • I Know What You Did This Summer is a series of bi-weekly gatherings in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design organized around informal slideshow presentations by curators, artists, writers and producers in the Los Angeles area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, presenters will share places, experiences, and encounters during summer travel near and far. I Know What You Did This Summer is an occasion to enjoy drinks and conversation among friends, colleagues and our community.

    July 7: Anna Sew Hoy / Jesse Stecklow

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N.Y. learns from L.A.

Otis in the News

The New York TImes reports that L.A. may have something to teach N.Y. after all, at least in the art world. New York's museums are flooded with exhibitions of West Coast art: alumni Ken Price ('57) at the Metropolitan Museum and Drawing Center and Robert Irwin ('50) at the Whitney; James Turrell at the Guggenheim; Lyn Foulkes at the New Museum; Paul McCarthy at the Armory, and "State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970" at the Bronx Museum. As Holland Carter quipped, "How “California” is all of this? Totally. What can New York learn from it? We’re just finding out." About the exhibition of Price's work at the Met (originated by LACMA and designed by L.A.-based architect Frank Gehry), he says:
"Price, who died last year at 77, was in certain ways a classic Southern Californian. Born in Los Angeles and raised there in the 1930s and ’40s, as a kid he lived for surfing and jazz, and he had art on the brain from the start: drawing, painting, sculpturing, he liked it all. Where he departed from the stereotype was in the matter of focus: creatively, there was nothing laid-back about him. He was alert, hungry for input. One day on the beach he met a surfer named Billy Al Bengston (Otis classmate), a serious painter who, like Price, had an interest in ceramics. They buddied up and eventually shared a studio, but while Mr. Bengston stuck with painting, for Price clay became the way."

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