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Last day of fall semester classes.
Have a great break!
Spring semester classes begin on Jan 13, 2014.
All locations are closed for the winter holiday from December 19 - January 1. Administrative offices open on Jan. 2. Classes begin on January 13.
Sign up for Continuing Education courses with the early bird discount at the Spring 2014 Open House. Classes begin Feb 1.
Tour the campus, meet instructors, attend workshops from 1-3 pm.
Free parking off La Tijera
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Spring semester classes begin today and end on May 6
No classes in obervance of Martin Luther King Holiday
Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is a group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from OTIS Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists’ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California.
Opening Reception for Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books.
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Laura Owens and Edgar Bryan, 2012 Fine Arts Distinguished Visiting Artists in Painting
Edgar Bryan, born in Alabama, received a BFA from the School of the Art Inst of Chicago and MFA from UCLA. He has shown his work internationally and in L.A. at Regen Projects. He was an illustrator in the United States Air Force for five years, and his work is influenced by classical portraiture and still-life. In his paintings, he reinterprets these genres with a casual approach, using reoccurring motifs of vinyl records, bicycles, and other details of everyday life.
Like Bryan, Owens had a rigorous training in drawing, including copying master works. She earned a BFA from RISD and MFA from Cal Arts. Her large-scale layered paintings combine thin washes with thick impasto, creating spaces that draw the viewer in. Her most recent solo show was at Bonn’s Kunstmsueum, and she has exhibited widely internationally. She shows her work at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, N.Y.
Sohrab Mohebbi, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Curator in Fine Arts
Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in L.A. He has curated projects for the Queens Museum of Art; Cabinet, N.Y.; Center for Curatorial Studies, N.Y.; and Bidoun Projects. He received the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Universe-in-Universe, and La Vanguarida. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, and received an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, and a BFA in photography from Tehran University.
Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston, 2011 Donghia Designers in Residence
Nader Tehrani of Office dA and Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarklee led a week-long master class in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and presented a public lecture on Jan 27. The Angelo Donghia Foundation supports this program annually. Past designers include Eva Maddox and LTL Architects.
Helios House, a joint project by Office dA and JohnstonMarklee, is a sustainable gas station in L.A,, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.
Ruby Neri and Adam Silverman, 2010-11 Boardman Artists in Residence
Adam Silverman, Studio Director of Heath Ceramics, L.A., studied architecture, art and design at RISD. After moving to L.A., he practiced architecture, started a clothing company, and in 2003 became a professional potter. His ceramics company is Atwater pottery. www.atwaterppttery.com
Ruby Neri comes from a long line of traditional figurative sculptors, She received her BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from UCLA. As founding member of the Mission School, she collaborated with notable San Francisco graffiti artists. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles, and concentrated on sculpture.
Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the Visual Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2010 semester at Otis. Lowe, who is an artist, architect, urban designer, businessman, and activist, founded Project Row Houses, considered the most impressive and visionary public art project in the country, in 1993. His socially engaged methodology brings local community members together to engage their own creative energies and aesthetic values to procude "collective expression." He will work with Otis graduate students to help them understand artists’ larger roles and potential contribution within a community. Lowe presents a public lecture on January 13, 7:30 pm, "Towards Social Sculpture, A Conversation with Rick Lowe," as the first lecture in the Graduate Programs Lecture Series. A reception precedes the lecture at 7 pm.
Angelo Donghia Foundation Designer in Residency
In 2008, the Angelo Donghia Foundation awarded funding for a master class and public lecture by a prominent designer in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Dept. The goal of the residence program is to host and introduce internationally celebrated and award-winning design professionals to Otis students and the L.A. community. Participating designers include Eva Maddox of Branded Environments, Perkins and WIll, Chicago; and Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL), N.Y. based architects.
From 2005-2008 Otis hosted the Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency with the support of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, to honor the memory of Jennifer Howard Coleman, who was a talented artist and an Otis alumna. It recognized prominent contemporary painters who worked intensely with students on the aesthetic, economic, and technical issues that artists face today. Participitating artists included: Mark Dean Veca ('85), Nancy Chunn, Yamandú Canosa, Masami Teraoka ('68), and Shahzia Sikander.
Ben Maltz Gallery exhibition catalogues***
2007 - 2010
William E. Jones
Alison Saar ('81)
Derek Thompson (’94)
Mark Dean Veca (’85)
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Sue de Beer
Edgar Heap of Birds
Stanya Kahn and Harry Dodge
Kerry James Marshall ('78)
Sandeep Mukherjee ('96)
Ruben Ochoa ('97)
Steven G Rhodes
Eduardo Sarabia ('99)
Joe Sola (‘99)
Bruce Yonemoto (’79, MFA)
Neil M. Denari
Sol Madridejos Fernandez
Nancy Goslee Powers
R. E. Somol
Martin van Koolbergen
Laurie Haycock Makela
Jeffrey Vallance (’81)
Koert van Mensvoort
Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein
Kim Hastreiter of Paper Magazine
Leslie Hoffman of Earth Pledge
Peggy Moffitt and Vidal Sassoon
Isabel and Ruben Toledo