Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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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

Identity Gay/Straight Alliance

Identity is a student organization at Otis College of Art and Design. Our purpose is to promote awareness and educate our campus and community about various genders, sexual orientations and various other related minority identities. We endeavor to support students of all genders and sexualities. We provide a safe space for them on campus and strive to promote acceptance and education for our community. We also encourage acceptance, tolerance and self-pride within our community through community involvement.- Contact - Maya at otisidentityclub@gmail.com

Insdustrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Provides Product Design students at Otis College the opportunity to become a part of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)  As members, students  have access to the IDSA job boards and websites, discounts to IDSA events will have the opportunity to submit work for IDSA awards and recognition. Contact Adam Blish @ apblish@gmail.com

Otis Video Game 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 otisvgc@gmail.com

Muslim Student Association (OMSA)

The Muslim Student Association provides a means for students to connect with fellow Muslims, create a platform for dialogue and discussion surrounding and involving Islam, and will provide a designated space for the students to pray during designated prayer times. We will connect with other Muslim clubs in other universities and colleges in Los Angeles  via events and potential meetups. The club will also connect Otis students with the surrounding mosques and do some volunteer work through those organizations. Contact - Sabrine @ mengerinksabrine@gmail.com

Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
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 Blish @ apblish@gmail.com

Otis Soccer Club

The Otis Soccer Club provides an opportunty for Otis College students, faculty, staff or alumni to enjoy a great time playing soccer, and offers the chance to meet people within the Otis Community. Contact Diego Hernandez @ diegogarcia53599@gmail.com

Theater Club

The Theater Club brings students together to express themselves through the art of performance and to collaborate outside of their coursework, exploring personal projects through acting, directing, set and prop-building, screenwriting, makeup, or costuming. Club projects will be showcased to other students throughout the year. Contact Daria Bazzi @ bazzifamilia@gmail.com

Under the Baobab Tree

Under the Baobab Tree is an organization dedicated to the retention of students of African descent and Latino students at Otis College of Art and Design. Through meetings, occurring twice a month, students will be able to socialize, exchange cultural knowledge, collaborate study efforts, and learn of the various resources available to them in terms of funding, academics, and employment. Contact - Noah or Bernard @ noahshumes@gmail.com or bfranklin@student.otis.edu

Club/Organization Recognition Online Form

If you are interested in creating a new club/organization on campus, please download the Clubs Training Manual and Registration Guidlines and 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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