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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Richard Shelton Director of Creative Action an Integrated Learning Program, Otis College of Art and Design. For the past twenty years, Rich has been active working with community organizations such as: Junior Blind, The Republic of Palau, Homeboy Industries, Urban Compass in Watts, The Getty, Los Angeles Poverty Department, the Minnesota State and Federal Correction Facilities; Film in the Cities (video in the schools, animation with non-verbal students, conducting video workshops on Cass Lake/Leech Lake Ban of Ojibwe Native American Reservation); Open Arms; and Upward Bound.

  • Join us on Thursday, March 2nd for an evening of conversation and exploration! Connect with fellow alumni, see friends, tour our new buildings, and meet President Ferguson at this Alumni Night reception. It will be a casual and fun evening and we hope you can join us. 

    The evening includes:

    A beer and wine reception 

    Introduction of the new Director of Alumni Relations Phil Scanlon

    Campus tour and Visits to the Anna Craycroft exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery and Millard Sheets Library

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  • Brendan Folwer was born 1978, Berkeley, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions include New Portraits (2017), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Portraits (2016), Mathew, New York and New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches (2015), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

  • One of two "Show and Tell" hands-on book events held inside the exhibition Tuning the Room in the Ben Maltz Gallery, featuring selections from the highly regarded Millard Sheets Library Artists’ Books Collection.

     

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Political Artist and Graphic Agitator Emory Douglas to Speak at Otis College of Art and Design

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Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party will discuss visual art and political communication with Graduate Graphic Design students.
Emory Douglas Black Panther Poster
Emory Douglas Lecture, Graphic Design MFA

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2013

Artist and activist Emory Douglas will speak to students at Otis College of Art and Design as part of the Graduate Graphic Design program’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The lecture will be held Wednesday, July 10 at 12:00 PM in the Ahmanson Forum on the Goldsmith Campus at 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los, Angeles, CA 90045.

A major force in the American Black Power movement, Emory Douglas was the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until its dissolution in the early 1980s. His extensive body of work helped define the Black Panther Party’s signature visual style, and is an iconic representation of the Party’s struggles and accomplishments for nearly two decades.

Prolific and politically astute, Douglas created work with powerful impact, serving the Panther’s mission to improve the lives of African Americans by calling for resistance, social change, and community service. Using inexpensive printing technologies—including photostats and presstype, textures and patterns, collaged and re-collaged drawings and photographs —Douglas produced posters, pamphlets, and a weekly, two-color, heavily illustrated, tabloid-style newspaper, The Black Panther.

The work of Emory Douglas demonstrates the efficacy of visual art in political communication. With a distinctive humanism, Douglas galvanized a community ravaged by poverty and injustice by creating a visual projection of power for people who felt powerless and victimized. In contrast to earlier social realist political art, associated with the Work Projects Administration, that portrayed poor people in a helpless state, Douglas projected respect and action through his work, illustrating harsh conditions while underscoring the dignity of an African-American community emerging from segregation and proudly fighting to assert its rights to equality.

This lecture is part of the Otis Graduate Graphic Design program’s annual Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.

About The Graduate Graphic Design Program
The MFA Graphic Design program at Otis is limited-residency. Students come together for eight weeks each summer. To acquire an MFA they must complete three summer sessions and two on-site or off-site sessions. Design Week kicks off the summer sessions and powers students through the remaining seven weeks of the program.

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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