Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • 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.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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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

GAMING CLUB

The purpose of this organization is to create a community within Otis where students with interests in games can meet up and create long-lasting friendships, learn and strategize through the game or just play for fun, and make a memorable college experience. Which is done through periodic meetings, casual gameplay, and eventually leading to competitive tournaments. Contact - Jonathan at jonathanchoi@me.com

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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 jessicalilyla@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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