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Inside the Studio of Alumnus Kerry James Marshall with Artsy

No one’s going to let you into the art world. This is a reality that Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts), one of America’s most esteemed painters, whose numerous accolades will be burnished this year with a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA Chicago) that later travels to the new Met Breuer in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles, knows well.

Documentary on Alumnus Tyrus Wong Screens at Newport Film Festival

If Pamela Tom hadn't watched past the end of "Bambi," she might never have found the inspiration for her documentary, which will screen this week at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

The filmmaker, who lives in Los Angeles, was enjoying a family viewing of a Disney classic a decade and a half ago when a bonus feature at the end of the videotape piqued her curiosity.

Fine Arts Alumnus Alex Becerra Featured in Modern Painters

Behind the frosted windows of a nondescript 1,700-square-foot storefront in Inglewood, California, just a few minutes south of the world-renowned Randy’s Donuts, billows of cigarette smoke envelop the Castroesque beard of Alex Becerra ('11 Fine Arts).

Alumnus Kio Griffith Featured on Artbound

A work by Kio Griffith ('86 Communications Arts) that was recently shown at the Durden and Ray Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley Art Center and currently appears at the Torrance Art Museum in the exhibition "Doppelgänger" (April 2 to May 28, 2016) exemplifies the visual and sound artist’s cross-cultural, mixed media and multi-faceted approach to art. The work "Red Wheelbarrow," constructed from materials including Bakelite, photographic prints, a stainless steel strainer, is an assemblage tribute to William Carlos Williams’ 1962 modernist poem of the same name:

Fine Arts Alumnus Eduardo Sarabia Awarded Mike Kelley Foundation Grant

Launched in June of last year, the Artist Project Grants seek to further Mike Kelley’s philanthropic work and honour his legacy by supporting innovative projects with visual artists at L.A. non-profit institutions and organisations. The goal is to benefit both visual artists and arts organizations alike and to support compelling and inventive projects in any medium, particularly work that is under-known, or has proven difficult to make or to fund.

Fine Arts Alumnae Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Otis Alumnae and artists Liz Young and Coleen Sterritt were named among the 175 Fellowships awarded today in the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's ninety-second competition for the United States and Canada.

Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Unveils New Mural in La Jolla

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above. Intersecting the image are brightly colored Papel Picado and Prayer banners that read “For Love”, “For a Better Future”, and “Thanks Be to God” as an echo of good will.

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall Highlighted by Chicago Magazine

Where are all the black people? Kerry James Marshall says the question launched his acclaimed body of work, featured this spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Alumnus Victor Yates' Debut Novel is Lambda Award Finalist

Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. A Love Like Blood, Yates' thesis project, is a finalist in the LGBT Debut Fiction category. The novel follows 17-year old Carsten Tynes, as he deals with the intricacies of sexuality, race, religion, and a father's abuse.  

OC Weekly Features Alumnus Sandow Birk

If Sandow Birk ('88 Fine Arts) hadn't been surfing in Ireland, he might never have stumbled across the trove of hand-illustrated Korans inside Dublin's famed Chester Beatty library. It was 2005, and Birk, who was raised in Seal Beach and remains one of a handful of nationally known contemporary artists from Orange County, already had plans for the first fully illustrated Koran specifically meant for an American audience. Yet he knew he could never hope to match the calligraphy he'd seen in classical Islamic art.

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