Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • 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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

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Clubs and Organizations

Club Uber

Club Uber provides up to 3 monetary reimbursements per semester to students for the purpose of sourcing art supplies, visiting museums as required for class activity, or for grocery shopping. Club Uber locations are approved by a student run group on campus that meets weekly to decide how the club should be faciliated, including the adding or removal of approved destinations. If you want to be part of the group that contributes to destinational decisions, contact Deborah @ hjk_100@hotmail.com

Dirty Deeds Gardening Club

The purpose of this organization is to give the opportunity to learn about gardening and sustainable living. The club seeks to raise acknowledgement about environmental matters among students. - Contact - Jasmin  @ jasmin.druffner@gmail.com

Exhibition and Curatorial Club (ECC)

The Exhibition Curatorial Club at Otis promotes a stronger community of art students on the Otis Campus. The club provides students with an opportunity to curate and display artwork for exhibitions. Room 107 in the Galef Center serves as gallery space and the exhibitions will coincide with the Graduate shows held in the Bolsky. Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu

GLOW

GLOW (glOw) is a group of students who are dedicated to providing a place where those who like electronic dance music can bring together their passion for music and culture. Contact - Phoenix at miphenx@gmail.com

Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
Identity—Otis Gay Straight Alliance

An organization designed to promote awareness and educate the Otis community about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and alternative sex and gender cultures. The group encourages acceptance, tolerance and self-pride within the Otis Community. Contact - club officers Jeff -or- Maya at otisidentityclub@gmail.com, The group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OTISIDCLUB?fref=ts

Otis Christian Club (OCC)

The Otis Christian Club is a group of individuals who form a family through the love of Christ. The club holds weekly gatherings for worship, sermons, and fellowship to create an environment of comfort. We dedicate ourselves to grow in our faith as a group as well as our individual relationships with God. Contact - Eden at edensunminpark@gmail.com Our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212891492185942/

Otis Mindfulness Group

Otis Mindfulness Group provides students and staff at Otis an option to practice mindfulness based meditation on campus. The club offers a guided meditation and the opportunity to discuss how the practice of mindfulness can enhance day-to-day life. Contact Adam Blsh @ apblish@gmail.com

Otis Surf Assocation (OSA)

The Otis Surf Association is dedicated to the belief that surfing is fun and good. It provides a chance for people to acknowledge the planet we live on and our role as its inhabitants. We as an association accept any member that is in support of surfing or the ocean, be they surfers, photographers, or any type of artist or enthusiast. Contact Hunter @ hculberson@student.otis.edu

Ozine Media

OZINE Media will collaborates with OZINE, the LAS class, to be the digital news hub for all Otis students, aiding in the transformation of Otis College from a commuter school to a true creative community with a residential life. Contact - Jose at jvaldezhernandez@student.otis.edu

Under the Baobab Tree (UBT)

Dedicated to the retention of African and Latin descended students at Otis College of Art and Design. UBT offers a safe forum for the sharing of experiences, ideas and narratives. The club provides support mechanisms that will strengthen connection between students and their peers as well as students and Otis faculty, in an effort to increase the opportunity for graduation. - Contact - Noah at  noahshumes@gmail.com

 

Club/Organization Recognition Online Form

If you are interested in creating a new club/organization on campus, please submit an Application. The request will be forwarded to Mike Luna, Director of Student Activities. If you have questions, please contact 310.846.2595.

 

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