Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • 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. 

  • 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).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Business Titan Teaches Art Students How To Be Unreasonable

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Eli Broad, founder of two Fortune 500 companies, offers life lessons in unconventional thinking to graduating students at Otis College of Art and Design.

LOS ANGELES, CA, May 31, 2012 - Civic leader, philanthropist, and art collector, Eli Broad spoke to an audience of over 2000 people, including over 300 young creative professionals and their families, during commencement ceremonies at Otis College of Art and Design. Viewers around the world tuned in from 20 different countries to watch the live video stream. "Civilizations are not remembered by their business leaders, but by their artists," he said. "You have a different way of looking at the world . . . You enrich our world through your creativity and vision."

 

"Artists and designers are truly master problem-solvers," said Broad. "It's how you approach every project, client, assignment, or challenge. Apply those same critical skills to the broader world outside your door."

Admitting he did not remember much about his graduation in 1954, being "so eager to get out into the working world," Broad offered a quote from the great playwright George Bernard Shaw as his guiding inspiration for over 50 years:

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."


Distinguishing between what it means to be artlessly unreasonable and artfully unreasonable, Broad confessed he started out in life artlessly unreasonable, relaying an amusing story of how he was fired from his first job after asking for more money.

Broad emphasized three guiding principals for those wishing to master the art of being unreasonable:

  1. Ask a lot of questions.
  2. Take risks.
  3. Give back.

 

"The most powerful question is why not?" he said. "That's what you need to ask when someone tells you it can't be done. By definition artists and designers are 'why not' thinkers. You do what no one else would think to do. You tackle with brutal honesty the social issues of your time."

Broad underscored his conviction that clinging to safety is more irrational than taking risks, and he urged students to be proud of betting on themselves.

In closing, Mr. Broad stressed how important it is to give back. "You don't have to have money to give back. You have time, expertise, skills, ideas, and other resources that can serve others . . . We need your creative vision, your unconventional thinking, and your unreasonable approach to solve the world's social, economic, and political challenges. And I promise you, the more involved you are, the richer the rewards, and the more satisfying your life will be."

Eli Broad's rules to live by:

  • Ask a lot of questions.
  • Pursue the untried.
  • Revise expectations upward.
  • Take risks.
  • Seek out the best of everything—the best in your work… the best talent… the best in yourself.
  • And always be artfully unreasonable.

 

Otis College of Art and Design graduated 285 B.F.A. students and 36 M.F.A. students with expertise in disciplines ranging from Architecture, Graphic Design, Digital Media, Writing and Communication Arts, to Product Design, Toy Design, Fashion Design, and Fine Arts. The 2012 class had the highest number of graduates with honors to date in the nearly 100-year history of Otis.

Class Marshal, Javier Meabe (Toy Design), is now working at Mattel; and Valedictorian, Alexandra Vay (Digital Media), is now working at Disney Interactive Media Group.

"After graduation," said Vay, "I'm going to be working on online games, and for anyone who doesn't know, video games are serious business!"

Likening her experience at Otis to a video game, she said, "We work hard getting experience in our respective fields to level up and unlock achievements and new skills as we grow. Otis feels like a well-designed game because in every video game the main character has a quest and a story, a call to action. The Hero hears the call and takes it, growing and transforming over the course of his or her journey . . . the journey to the essence of ourselves was through our art, and we've slowly learned who we are and who we were meant to be. It couldn't have been achieved without our calling, but it wouldn't be possible without our peers and teachers too. If Otis were a video game, it would be the best one I ever played, because the multiplayer is where it's at! The sense of community and kinship I have experienced with my classmates has taught me countless lessons about myself and my art, and I'm better for being a part of it."

Otis President, Samuel Hoi, expressed his pride and admiration for the stellar graduating class. "There is no question in my mind that you will succeed in your chosen fields," he said. "If only I could tell you all the accolades that have come my way from visitors to your superb B.F.A. and M.F.A. showcases here on campus, and also to the spectacular fashion show last weekend."

"You are a community of creatives, who, through a rigorous curriculum and influential faculty mentorship, have experienced phenomenal personal transformation . . . With your journey of discovery at Otis, you have learned how to combine professionalism with joy and curiosity to launch a life of possibilities for yourselves and for others . . . As emerging artists, designers, and writers you are at a special time and place to bring renewal to old ideas and old practices, and to identify and solve problems in fresh ways . . . For nearly 100 years Otis graduates have embarked on their own journeys, each creating an individual, positive, and lasting mark on the world. Now it's your time."

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
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