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  • 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.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Hana Siobhan O’Regan: Bringing Craftsmanship to Digital Design

Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

Graphic Design USA's Students to Watch in 2017

Noah Humes ('17 Illustration) and MJ Balvanera (MFA Graphic Design) are featured in Graphic Design USA's "Students to Watch in 2017," an annual list that recognizes the top talent entering the professional design community. Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) chooses students from leading design programs around the country. Learn more about Humes and Balvanera in their GDUSA interviews below.

 

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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. 

MAKING PACKAGING DELICIOUS

Bottega Louie’s colorful packaging and design have become synonymous with the brand's gourmet offerings, thanks in part to senior art director Erica Gibson (’09 Communication Arts).

Known for their macarons and candy-colored marketplace, Los Angeles’ Bottega Louie needed just the right packaging for a new mix-and-match line of chocolates. 

Alumnus Kio Griffith Exhibiting at Aichi Triennale 2016 in Japan

Alumnus Kio Griffith ('86 Communications Arts), a visual/sound artist, curator and editor will be showing at the international art festival, Aichi Triennale 2016, in Japan. 

 

Alumnus Jake Janz Designs Statue to Commemorate Fallen Lifeguard

Innovative technology turned Fresno-born product designer and branding artist Jake Janz ('05 Illustration) into a sculptor of public monuments.

Janz created a 9-foot-tall stainless steel lifeguard that scans the Newport Beach horizon looking for distressed swimmers, just as his brother-in-law, Ben Carlson, did the day he died two years ago.

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:

Urban Outfitters Interview with Alumna Satsuki Shibuya

California painter Satsuki Shibuya (’09 Communication Artscreates beautifully subtle watercolors that are each quiet meditations on color and intuition: discover more about her work and inspiration in our interview with the artist.  

 

Kerri Steinberg's Jewish Mad Men

“The public is aware that advertising is dominant within our lives, but it’s only when you understand how it works can you begin to talk back to it,” says Kerri Steinberg, Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty member and author of Jewish Mad Men: Advertising and the Design of the American Jewish Experience.

Industry Spotlight | Advertising with Mad Men's Josh Weltman

An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

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