Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • 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.

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Faculty Bios

SUMMER OF ART 2017


Jesus Aguilar, M.Arch Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago; BFA with Honors in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, OTIS College of Art and Design. Since 2011, Jesus has served as a Teaching Associate in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department and was the department’s Academic Mentor in 2013-2014. He has worked with Los Angeles Design and Architecture firms; The LADG and DSH// Architecture. In 2010 Jesus pursued his personal and independent interests in residential, commercial and graphic design, as Made by Jesus. Made by Jesus studio is rooted in the idea of full spectrum design and aims to bridge the multiple mediums of design; spatial, visual, and conceptual, to produce spaces, brands, and objects.

Beverly Bledsoe, MFA in Printmaking, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ms. Bledsoe is a professional artist whose work has been included in both group and solo exhibition. She has taught printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics in higher education for over 14 years. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Mike Cedeno, studied at California Institute of Art. Mr. Cedeno has been teaching animation and drawing classes at Otis College since 2013. His professional experience includes 27 years of working as a character animator and character designer for Disney Feature Animation. Extensive list of animation credits include Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, and many more within Disney and also other major studios in Hollywood. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design, Digital Media. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0147745/

Robert Dobbie, BFA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Dobbie is a freelance illustrator, who draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, Classic Disney, Film Noir and James Ellory. Clients include Hurley, American Airlines, Intel, Fox Family Channel, AFLAC, Snack King, and Murphy Design. Adjunct Professor, Communication Arts Department, Otis College of Art and Design.

Roni Feldman, MFA in Painting, Claremont Graduate University; BA in Creative Studies/Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Internationally exhibited painter, Mr. Feldman’s exhibitions include Yokohama Biennial, Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany; Torrance Art Museum; Vincent Price Art Museum; Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles; Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco. Reviewed in Art Ltd. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Jeanie Frias, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Frias has taught painting, drawing, and college preparation courses for over 15 years.  Ms. Frias has exhibited nationally. She has taught for UCLA, Occidental College, as well as private and home school groups. As a former admissions counselor for Otis, Ms. Frias has extensive knowledge and understanding of portfolio requirements for art school admissions. She specializes in mentoring young artists towards their goal of successful application to the art college of their choice.

Janice Gomez, MFA in photography and installation, Claremont Graduate University; BA combining theater and fine art, San Francisco State University. Ms. Gomez's works have been exhibited at The University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach, Machine Project and Jaus.  She is a co-founder of Summercamp’s ProjectProject, an alternative artist run exhibition and residency space in El Sereno, Los Angeles.

Nancy Jo Haselbacher, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, Art Institute of Boston. Ms. Haselbacher has exhibited at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Temple Univ., Rome, The Museum of Urban Art and Culture, Boston, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Marjan Hormozi, MFA University College (Slade School), London; BFA University of North London. Ms. Hormozi studied at Chelsea School of Art, London. A distinguished figurative draftsman and painter, her exhibitions include Factory Place Gallery, Los Angeles and Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle Up-On-Tyne, G.B. She is a recipient of the Artist in Residence Award, North East London Polytechnic and the Cheltenham Fellowship, Cheltenham College of Art. She currently teaches in the undergraduate Foundation department.

Candace Lavin, MA in Education, California State University, Los Angeles; BA in Graphic Design, California State University, Northridge. Ms. Lavin is a past Dr. Toy award winner. Her professional experience includes environmental graphic design for Walt Disney Imagineering, product design of toys, collectibles, and specialty gifts for Applause, Warner Bros., and Disney. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Markus Maciel, Markus Maciel, BFA in Toy Design, Otis College of Art and Design. Senior Digital Designer, Mattel, Inc., in the digital D&D Support Group, co-manager of the Digital Training Center. Previously worked in the Hot Wheels Engineering Group. Mr. Maciel also worked at International Toy as Director of Product Development. Senior Lecture at Otis College of Art and Design in Foundation, Product Design, and Toy Design.

Ruben Ochoa, MFA, University of California, Irvine; BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Ochoa has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2008 Whitney Biennial, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. He's the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and the California Community Foundation in 2004 and 2013. Senior lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Karl Jean Petion, MFA in Film/Video and Fine Art, California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Petion has been an Artist in Residence at the LATE Academies and Renaissance Programs in New York. He has taught art and design in various locations in Los Angeles for several years, participated in “Debating Through the Arts” at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, and was recently exhibited at Lambert Fine Arts in New York.

Miguel Reyes, BA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Freelance painter, portrait artist, muralist, photographer, printer, stylist, art and fashion show producer. Vogue/Sotheby’s Fashion Illustration Award, MTA Muralist. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Luis Ruiz, BFA Computer Animation (3D), Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Ruiz has worked in the multimedia industry for over ten years. TV production work includes the History Channel, A&E, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. He has created background animations for Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and others. A recent product designer for Mattel Toys, Mr. Ruiz has also done freelance work for Spinmaster, Yahoo, Nintendo of America, and Thomson Reuters. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Mayuka Thais, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. A contemporary artist, Miss Mayuka is a bilingual multi-cultural artist, edutainer and art educator who specializes in teaching International School and multi-national students. She has led songwriting classes for at-risk youths involved in San Fernando Valley's NPO Youth Speak Collective Program. At the age of nine, she won her first Art Award from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. A published Art Educator, she is the recipient of Eco Arts Awards for her songs and music videos on animal conservation and ecology. Her most recent song was featured in an Independent Hollywood film, "Half Way to Hell."

Scott Zaragoza, BFA Studies in Painting and Drawing, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Zaragoza has been in solo exhibitions at the Salon Gallery, London, U.K. and group shows in both the U.K and Los Angeles including George Billis Gallery. His work has been included in the prestigious Gilbert B. Silverman and was recently featured in Flaunt Magazine Nov, 2014 issue. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

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