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  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures

    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures

    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures

    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230


  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures

    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.


Spring 2014 Newsletter

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President Samuel Hoi Announces Plans to Step Down After 14 Years

Thomas Miller, chair of Otis' Board of Trustees, announced on February 10 that Samuel Hoi will step down as president in early summer. Hoi will become president of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore on July 1. Dr. Kerry Walk, current provost, has been appointed interim president, and will assume her duties upon Hoi's departure in May.

"President Hoi's impact on the growth and prosperity of Otis over the past fourteen years is significant and indisputable" said Miller. "We wish Sammy all the best and now look ahead to new leadership that can take this wonderful school to the next level as it approaches its centennial in 2018."

Dr. Walk joined Otis as Provost in May 2011. Prior positions included Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges; Director of Princeton University's innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program; and faculty and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom, and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.

Barbie's Dream House

Otis and Mattel partnered to present a unique creative collaboration between students from five different creative disciplines to celebrate Malibu, CA's most fashionable resident, Barbie®, as she renovates her new home. Barbie's Housewarming Party displayed projects by students in Fashion Design, Product Design, Fine Arts, Toy Design and Liberal Arts and Sciences at Santa Monica Place in January.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy goes statewide

With funding from the California Arts Council, this year's Otis Report on the Creative Economy expanded to the entire state. Presenters at the event included Samuel Hoi, President, Otis College of Art and Design; Ted Lieu, State Senator and Chair of the Joint Committee of the Arts, and Chair of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee; Robert Kleinhenz, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's Chief Economist; Keith McNutt, Director, Western Region of the Actors Fund; Craig Watson, California Arts Council Director; and Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for L.A.

One week after the report release event at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Senator Ted Lieu chaired a hearing in Sacramento at which President Hoi summarized the findings. Lieu proposed a bill to stimulate the creative economy by increasing state tax fund contributions to the CAC (California Arts Council) funding from $1 million to $25 million.

Support came from the California Arts Council, Mattel, The James Irvine Foundation, Nike, Sony Pictures, City National Bank, Boeing, Ovation, and City of L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Read the Report...

Alumnus Solo Exhibition

Moctezuma's Revenge is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of work by Eduardo Sarabia ('99) at the Arizona State Art Museum, Tempe through April 26. More...