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  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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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Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

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2006 Alumni Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Center
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

This survey exhibition highlighted the lasting impact of Los Angeles artists and movements, and demonstrated the seminal influence of Otis, L.A.’s first professional school of art.

 

Kent Twitchel, 6 LA Artists

 

"Even before Kerry James Marshall took a drawing class at Otis, Charles White was one of his heroes. The Carver Junior High student had read about White, and was thrilled to learn that the painter taught and had a studio at Otis. When White walked into his classroom, recalls Marshall, “That was it for me.
It was a life-altering experience.” Both Marshall and Otis have come a long way since that day back in the ’60s. Marshall is a 1978 Otis graduate whose own paintings are now in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And today, Otis trains not just painters and sculptors but also toy and fashion designers."

Excerpt of historical essay by Barbara Isenberg (PDF)


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Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Exhibition at Barnsdall Art Center
 

Video about Alumni public art in Los Angeles (no audio)

THE Magazine on Otis' first 90 years (PDF)

OMAG Volume 1: Nine Decades of Fine Art (PDF)

 

Exhibiting Alumni
Anders Aldrin
Carlos Almaraz
John Altoon
Stuart Arends
Tetsuji Aono
Anissa Balson
Billy Al Bengston
Sandow Birk
Suzanne Caporael
George Chann
Hideo Date
Alonzo Davis
Alex Donis
Richard Evans
Kim Fisher
Keiko Fukazawa
Gajin Fujita
Diane Gamboa
Camille Rose Garcia
Zhenya Gershman
Roberto Gil de Montes
Lawrence Gipe
Bob Glover
David Grant
Mineko Grimmer
Kevin Hanley
John Hench
Bryan Hunt
Carmine Iannaccone
Edgar Ibarra-Lepe
Robert Irwin
Ulysses Jenkins
Annetta Kapon
Cindy Kolodziejski
Bari Kumar
Leslie Labowitz-Starus
Paul Landacre
Harold Lehman
Barry Le Va
Peter Liashkov
Kerry James Marshall
John Mason
Carlos Mollura
Joseph Mugnaini
Sandeep Mukherjee
Ruben Ochoa
Benji Okubo
Sarah Perry
Richard Pettibone
Ken Price
Tom Recchion
Lucas Reiner
Steve Roden
Leslie Rosdol
Allison Saar
Jacqueline Sage
Oshin Saginian
Porntip Sangvanich
Ruth C. Snyder
Paul Soldner
Coleen Sterritt
Whitney Stolich
Masami Teraoka
Timothy Tompkins
Eloy Torrez
Don Totten
Kent Twitchell
Patssi Valdez
Jeffrey Vallance
Mark Dean Veca
Darren Waterston
Carrie Whitney
Cecily Grossman Willis
Tyrus Wong
Bruce Yonemoto
Liz Young
Norman Zammitt
Peter Zokosky
Milford Zornes
 
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist