• 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.


Student Counseling Services


All Student Counseling Services are free of charge for currently enrolled full-time students



Hello Otis Community…my name is Jamie Turner (pronouns he/him/his) and as of June 2016 I’m the psychotherapist for enrolled Otis College students who are in need of individual counseling.   I’m also here to provide group therapy, mindfulness training and other campus wellness programs along with the rest of the Student Health and Wellness Center staff.  I came to Los Angeles from Boston where I most recently worked with college students at Harvard University’s counseling center.  I hold a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where most of my research focused on community mental health.  I’m excited and honored to be here, and I look forward to meeting you. 


Student Counseling Services Menu:

Counseling can help facilitate well-being and problem-solving.  Talking to a therapist can also be helpful if you’re struggling with stress, anxiety, relationship problems, depression or other mood problems.  Otis College offers the following counseling services…

•             Individual counseling

•             Couples / conjoint counseling

•             Group counseling

•             Consultation

•             Referrals to external mental health providers for longer-term therapy

•             Substance Abuse screening and counseling

•             Psychological testing as part of the initial evaluation process, and to track progress during treatment

•             Outreach programming / education events to promote wellness in the Otis community


Student Counseling Services Mission:

As part of the Office of Student Affairs, Student Counseling Services supports the mission of the Otis College of Art and Design by providing counseling services, mental health outreach, and co-curricular activities designed to help students maintain psychological wellness to enhance functionality and motivation as they pursue their academic goals.


Student Counseling Satisfaction Survey:

If you have received counseling from Student Counseling Services, please fill out our Satisfaction Survey here.


What to Expect:

At your first appointment we’ll complete an initial assessment.  I’ll gather some history from you, and record information you provide in the electronic medical record.  You’ll be able to ask any questions you want.  Together, we’ll start to develop goals that you’d like to work on in therapy.  Your goals may be very specific, or more general, depending on your needs. 

Your rights and responsibilities as a client at the Student Health and Wellness Center can be found here.


Making an Appointment:

Appointments can be made in-person at the Student Health and Wellness Center, or by calling our office on the phone (310-846-5738).

The counseling center is open M-F 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM unless otherwise posted.  There’s no cost to currently enrolled Otis College students for counseling. Otis College employees and alumni are not eligible for counseling services.



You will be marked as a no show for your appointment if you do not come to the appointment, or arrive late (15 or more minutes past your scheduled appointment time). The no show fee is $5, due at check in for your next scheduled appointment.


Cancelling an appointment:

If you decide that you do not need a scheduled appointment, please cancel your appointment in person or by phone (310) 846-5738. Email is not an acceptable form of cancelling your appointment. Appointments must be canceled at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you do not cancel your appointment within that time frame, you will be marked as a no show for your appointment.


What if I’m in crisis?:

If you’re in emotional crisis and need to speak with someone right away, come to the Student Health and Wellness Center.  I’ll meet with you as soon as possible. 

I am not a first responder so In an emergency, call 9-1-1 for help. For further instruction on what to do in an emergency or after hours, please go here.


Off-Campus Resources:


  • Health Advocate 24/7 Support (only available to student's who have the Student Health Insurance Plan): Phone 1-855-384-1800, wesbite.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255.
  • U-Lifeline, your online resource for college mental health: website.
  • Mental Health America: website.
  • Tiny Buddha, Meditation and Mindfulness Quotes and Articles: website.


Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

  • Santa Monica Rape Crisis Center / The Rape Foundation: website, Phone 1-310 451-0042.
  • Los Angeles LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender)  Community Center: website, Phone 1-323-993-7400.
  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center, for Asian and Asian-American people: website, Phone 1-213-252-2100.
  • Center for TransYouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: website, Phone 1-323-361-5372
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Los Angeles: website, Phone 1-323-936-4343
  • Airport Marina Counseling Center, outpatient therapy and psychiatry near Otis College: website, Phone 1-310-670-1410, Email:
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