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  • Lucas Blalock (b. 1978, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BA from Bard College (2002), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011), and is an MFA candidate at UCLA (2013).

  • Daniel Mendel-Black has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. Recent shows include Pretty Lips Are Red at China Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles, and André Butzer, Marcel Hüppauff, Daniel Mendel-Black, Philipp Schwalb at Galerie Bernd Kugler in Innsbruck, Austria. Mendel-Black’s work is represented in a number of public collections.

  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

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Faculty Bios

SUMMER OF ART 2016

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.


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.

 

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.


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."

Christopher Warner, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder; BA, Gonzaga University, Spokane. Mr. Warner was a recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship, 1990. His work has been exhibited widely with numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Western US. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

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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