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  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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“Faces of the Creative Economy” Event to Highlight L.A. Based Creative Entrepreneurs

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2014
Media Contact: Rachel Horning, 310-251-9084 and Rachel@laxcoastal.com

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(Los Angeles, California – March 14, 2014) On Thursday, April 10 from 6-9PM the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Otis College of Art and Design will co-host a panel discussion on the “Faces of the Creative Economy,” inspired by the quickly emerging creative, media, technology and economic prowess of the Los Angeles region. With innovation at the core of many creative and technology-based companies emerging throughout the Los Angeles area, this event will provide Angelenos with an opportunity to celebrate local product design and technology-focused entrepreneurs.

The event will begin with a brief overview of the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, presented by Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Current panelists include: Jen Bilik, founder of Knock Knock, a product design company based in Venice that “puts the fun in functional” through the production and sale of witty products including office, organizational, and bedtime related objects;  Ryan and Adam Goldsten, co-founders of Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) and former basketball and football players at the University of Southern California. APL is “dedicated to providing exclusive high-performance athletic footwear and apparel products utilizing a combination of breakthrough technology, advanced materials, and innovative product design.” The event will end with a set from Sycons, solar powered DJ’s Mark X. Farina and Matthew Horne.

Otis’ Director of Foundation Relations Christine Leahey welcomes the public to campus and remarks, “The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy documents that Los Angeles and California are creative capitals of the nation. In partnership with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to put a face to this phenomenon with thought-provoking, accomplished professionals who are driving cultural and economic change.” Rachel Horning, head of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce technology initiative Connect to Tech L.A. adds , “We are thrilled to offer this sneak peek into the creative products developed and distributed by our hand-selected panelists. It’s important to showcase local entrepreneurs whose ideas contribute to reshaping Los Angeles as we know it.”

 

The event is open to the public.

 

About LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
Since 1953, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead on meaningful issues affecting the business and residential communities it represents. The Chamber works to promote business and support the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Del Rey, Playa Vista and LAX. Additional information is available at www.laxcoastal.com.


 

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.
 

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist