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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Ceramics

Lila Reynolds Awarded the Inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize

With a striking yet minimal ceramics piece, Lila Reynolds ('17 Product Design) has received the inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize for 2017. Lila will receive $20,000 in scholarship funds and will have her sculpture displayed in David Yurman boutiques in the Fall. In addition, Otis College of Art and Design will also receive a Master Class with David Yurman himself.

Hyperallergic on the Legacy and Revival of Ceramics

PARIS — Conversations about art and medium-specificity are almost always conversations about history. Yet in our postmodern, post-media times we have tended to shy away from the Greenbergian concept of medium-specificity as a particularly relevant principle for organizing historical exhibitions. Partially defying this trend, curators Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane give us Ceramix, a sweeping, historical, ceramic-specific survey of the 20th and 21st centuries, with some earlier works mixed in for context.

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.

Alumna Keiko Fukazawa exhibit Made in China Reviewed by LA Times

Keiko Fukazawa's ('86 MFA Ceramics) "Spout Monster #1" is an unassuming little smart bomb, a precision-guided work of art that explodes aesthetic conventions by uncovering buried social and political content in ordinary found objects.

The porcelain sculpture, included in the modest but captivating survey of Fukazawa's recent ceramics newly opened at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, is composed from two shallow, footed bowls. They are stacked rim to rim and fused together in the kiln, looking like a little flying saucer.

Alumnus Diego Romero Awarded United States Artists Fellowship

Firmly positioning his work within an Indigenous visuality, Diego Romero has built a career constructing ceramic vessels that elevate Pueblo life to Olympian stature. A third generation professional artist, Romero was born and raised in Berkeley, California to a Cochiti father and a non-Native mother.

Los Angeles Times Features 'Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty'

Somewhere ceramist Ralph Bacerra is smiling, says Jo Lauria, curator of "Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in L.A.

Alumnus Paul Soldner

"As an artist, I work with clay, bronze, photos and prints. From these mediums, I make objects for use. But their uses are varied. Some are functional, some are not. They are meant to sometimes surprise. Disgust or delight. Although made to be used. Use not be common. In its highest sense, such use is in the spirit. Of celebration. Of life. Enhanced.

ArtScene Reviews AMOCA'S 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Curated By Faculty Jo Lauria

ArtScene, June 2015 Publication
By Scarlet Cheng
 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions Features Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

 
The Los Angeles County Art Institute, which became the Otis College of Art and Design, was at the center of ceramic’s evolution as an artistic medium in America. In 1954 Peter Voulkos became head of its ceramics department. He brought with him energy, strength and a bold streak influenced by Abstract Expressionism–all new elements for the discipline.
 

The Marks Project: Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Product Design Faculty Joan Takayama-Ogawa has been identified by The Marks Project as one of the top 50 American Ceramic Artists, which requires Joan to document the artist signature throughout her career for future authentication. 

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