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  • Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in South Florida. Her video works and performances have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally such as MoMA, MoCA:NoMi, BAM, Bass Museum, the Contemporary Museum of Montreal with the Montreal Biennial (2014) and film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, and the New York Film Festival. She was recently featured in Art Papers, ArtNews and Art Forum discussing identity, Internet and her artistic practices and influences.
  • York Chang (b. 1973, St. Louis, MO) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses forensic and archival information systems as supports for poetic gestures and alternate histories, in order to interrogate the aesthetic conventions of authority which often serve to blur the line between fiction and reality. He earned both his BFA (1996) and Juris Doctorate (2001) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). York Chang lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and is represented by Greene Exhibitions. 
     
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  • Oliver Kellhammer is an independent artist, writer and researcher, who seeks, through his botanical interventions and social art practice, to demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover from damage. His recent work has focused on the psychosocial effects of climate change, cleaning up contaminated soils, reintroducing prehistoric trees to landscape damaged by industrial logging and cataloging the ecology of brownfield ecologies. He currently works as a lecturer in sustainable systems at Parsons in New York City.
     
  • In this performance I try to summarize In search of past time with my own words, as a story of another time which reveals itself contemporary. I deliver my own intimate and personal perception of this book which radiates in my life. Each performance is another opportunity to explore different zones of the book, proceeding at random, inspired by an aleatory and fickle memory. 
     
  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.4 by IÑAKI ÁBALOS

  • Multimedia and digital artist Parker Ito is known for his manipulations of found imagery and web-based systems of communication. Ito’s works often makes use of non-traditional art materials, such as reflective 3M Scotch-lite fabric, automotive paint, and vinyl. He is known for the high volume of his output—sometimes under different names—and his sense of humor. He does not consider himself a conceptual artist, but says his work is rooted in “konceptualism,” which he describes as “similar to when people spell the word ‘cool,’ ‘kewl’ or ‘kool.’”
     

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Academic Awards

Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors (coming soon).

2015 Valedictory Award

Elizabeth Jeane “Izzy” Savage, an Architecture/Landscape/Interiors major, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2015. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony. Izzy was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance throughout her Otis career and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on designing environments that promote vibrant social and cultural interactions.
2015 Otis Valedictorian
 
Izzy grew up in Santa Barbara, where as a child she helped her father build a playhouse and remodel the family home. Once in A/L/I she quickly distinguished herself both with her ability to form close bonds with peers and colleagues, and with her capacity to stay highly focused, engaged and ambitious. Izzy won the A/L/I program’s Studio 1, 2, and 4 Excellence in Design Awards, and exhibited two of her projects in the program. She has also completed two successful internships at local firms: John Friedman-Alice Kim Architects and Bricolage Design.
Last year, Izzy won the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship. Her project Illuminated Tapestry documented her proposed renovation of the Santa Fe Building in downtown Los Angeles into live/work apartments meant to stimulate a socially interactive and vibrant culture, uniting the building’s inhabitants with the general public. Among her future goals is a desire to teach  ̶  to help future students become inspired in their craft just as her professors have inspired her.  A dedicated student, generous colleague, and remarkable talent, Izzy truly embodies the aspirations of the College. Samples of her work may be seen at izzysavage.com

2015 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee. Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony. The 2015 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:
 

Undergraduate

Sheri Chillingworth, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi, Fashion Design

Gabriela (Gaby) Gorostieta, Digital Media

Emi Ichikawa, Product Design

Maxfield Miles, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres

Avalon Murray, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration

Eric Nishioka, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design
SuJung (Esther) Oldenkamp, Toy Design
Alexandria (Lexi) Rodriguez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising Design
Elizabeth (Izzy) Savage, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
 

Graduate

Daniel Chang, MFA Graphic Design
Sean Pessin, MFA Writing

Yasmin Than, MFA Fine Arts
Carol Zou, MFA Public Practice
 
 

2015 Distinction in Studio Awards

Many major programs honor graduating students for distinctions in studio work. Among students so honored in 2015 are:


Fashion Design Student of the Year

Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi
 

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Awards for Excellence in Design

Adam Harris, Studio 1, Fall 2014
Yoon Hwang, Studio 1, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 2, Summer 2014
Maegan Iamjan, Studio 2, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 3A, Fall 2014
Raymond Tran, Studio 3B, Fall 2014
Kelvin Tseng, Studio 4A, Spring 2015
Paulina Benavides, Studio 4B, Spring 2015
Suna Jaen, Studio 5, Fall 2014
Merve Onur, Studio 6, Spring 2015

Fine Arts – Senior Exhibition Jurors Awards

Chelsea McCarthy
Nicholas Ramsey
John Hourihan
 
Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List. 

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