• Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event

    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

    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

    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.


Students Stage Stories from the Lives of Seniors

Otis students stand with Ralph Seaton, a magician, poet, and one of the seniors that was featured in the performance.

Left to right - Terence Colby (actor), Skye Stevenson, Mary Francis, Angelica Cortez and Ralph Seaton.


This past weekend, Otis College of Art and Design students presented "Painting A Portrait with Words: Life Stages" at the Culver City Senior Center. Under the direction of faculty member, Laurel Ollstein students staged a live reading featuring the stories of four seniors from the center. In groups, students interviewed the seniors, created written and visual elements, and then presented their finished piece for the community. 

Ollstein, who has been running the Creative Action class for several years, said "It's about oral history, it's about sharing stories of people that are different from your life." The class creates a space for intergenerational conversations and discovery, in which Ollstein says, "the seniors get to have this wonderful audience of young people hungry to hear their stories". 

One of the groups featured two-time war veteran, Ken Yoshimoto. For the students, asking personal questions of a complete stranger was daunting at first, but ultimately rewarding. A student in Ken's group described the experience saying that most of the time they were, "really taking in all that he had to share with us, his voice was really compelling and inspiring. To hear all that he has gone through left me in amazement."

All four seniors that inspired the work, Ralph Seaton, Weena Dowes, Laurette Boarman and Ken Yoshimoto, were in attendance as their life stories were brought to the stage. There were many valuable lessons to take from the performance, including these words of wisdom from featured senior Weena Dowes, "I don't see any evidence that there is another life after this, and so I think that it's probably a good idea to live this one to the hilt."

To learn more about Life Stages and see some of the performances in action, check out this video from last year's class. 


Audience at Senior Center

Life Stages was presented at the Culver City Senior Center to a packed house.


Students with faculty member Laurel Ollstein

Life Stages was presented under the direction of Otis faculty, Laurel Ollstein (upper right). 






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