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  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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The Woman Behind the Monster (Truck)

Bright green postcards and the toothy grin of a monster truck announced the 2017 Annual Exhibition, which will open to the public this Saturday, May 13. The bright, detailed model of the featured monster truck puppet, or CryptoTruck, was the highlight of  Monique Givens' ('16 Toy Design) own display at last year's Annual Exhibition.

In the Studio with Alumna Hayley Quentin and 'ArtMaze Mag'

Reprinted from ArtMaze Mag

"Hayley Quentin’s ('08 Fine Arts) paintings challenge the conventional representation of male beauty and eroticism in art. Her ethereal facture is characterized by the interplay of diffuse and saturated oil colors, working together to create a lens through which the viewer sees the painted body.

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall's Highly Anticipated 'Mastry' Comes to Los Angeles

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry will hit the final stop of its three-city tour at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) on March 12 and will run through July 3, 2017. Mastry is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, (The

Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka

Floating Realities: The Art of Masami Teraoka ('68 MFA Fine Arts) is on view at Cal State Fullerton’s Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery through March 2, 2017. Focusing on the Japanese influences in Teraoka’s work, the artist's drawings and paintings are exhibited alongside examples of historical Japanese prints.

LA-Based Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar

Reprinted from Artnet News, January 26, 2017

"In recent years there’s been lots of talk of an LA revival, and although the city’s art community privately scoffs at the suggestion that LA was even absent in the first place, its undeniable that new artistic momentum has reached a critical mass in the last two years, driven by large international and domestic galleries taking root, new museums such as the Broad, and an increasing number of artists settling in the city.

"Women's Show": An Exploration of History in a Post-Women's March World

"We want to recognize a collective history that includes women, even as the art world continues to struggle with gender equality on both gallery and museum walls and in institutional positions," writes co-curators Henderson Blumer ('16 MFA Fine Arts) and Suzanne Zoe Joskow ('17 MFA Fine Arts). "In the year 2017, the stakes for women in Southern California and this country are profound. During this past year, women's bodies and identities have been put on display and under attack.

Advice for Graduating Students from Six Otis College Alumni Who Have Been There

National Portfolio Day visitors heard some great advice from our alumni at the Career in the Arts panel. Alumni Phoenix Owens ('16, Digital Media), Erfan Zamani ('14 A/L/I), Izzy Savage ('15 A/L/I), Hayley Quentin ('08 Fine Arts), Nicholas Edinger ('16 Digital Media), and Derek Gonzalez ('13 Communications Arts) sounded off on life as a creative and what it takes to be a working artist. We asked these recent alumni if they had any specific advice for students beginning their final semester at Otis College. 

Forbes '30 Under 30' List Includes Two Otis College Alumni

Kour Pour ('10 Painting) was named to Forbes' 2017 '30 Under 30 Europe: The Arts' list. Of British-Iranian decent, Pour's work explores the social and cultural connections between western and eastern cultures. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Dublin, Naples, and Hong Kong. 

Remembering Tyrus Wong

Alumnus Tyrus Wong, celebrated animator, ceramicist, painter, and kite maker passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wong graduated from Otis College of Art and Design (then the Otis Art Institute) in the 1930s, and while exhibiting artworks around Los Angeles, he began working in the film industry as a production illustrator. It was his evocative concept art for Walt Disney's "Bambi" that would ultimately lead him down the path of becoming one of the most celebrated Chinese American artists of our time.

Don't Miss These End-of-the-Year Shows

Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

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