Events
  • You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their work is just as distinctive. JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves through their silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, they've continued their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen.

  • "In publishers’ terms, Shock and Awe – a hefty, intellectual book about glam rock – is timely." - Jude Rogers, The Guardian

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Join us on Thursday, March 2nd for an evening of conversation and exploration! Connect with fellow alumni, see friends, tour our new buildings, and meet President Ferguson at this Alumni Night reception. It will be a casual and fun evening and we hope you can join us. 

    The evening includes:

    A beer and wine reception 

    Introduction of the new Director of Alumni Relations Phil Scanlon

    Campus tour

    Visits to the Anna Craycroft exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery and Millard Sheets Library

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  • Brendan Folwer was born 1978, Berkeley, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions include New Portraits (2017), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Portraits (2016), Mathew, New York and New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches (2015), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

  • One of two "Show and Tell" hands-on book events held inside the exhibition Tuning the Room in the Ben Maltz Gallery, featuring selections from the highly regarded Millard Sheets Library Artists’ Books Collection.

     

  • Paul Lisicky

    Mar 08| Lectures
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    Paul Lisicky’s memoirs include The Narrow Door, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and Famous Builder. He is the author of a collection of short prose entitled Unbuilt Projects, and the novels The Burning House, and Lawnboy.

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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.

Acoustic Event Opens 'Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room' This Weekend

To prepare for her upcoming exhibition Tuning the Room, New York-based artist Anna Craycroft enlisted musician Gregory Lenczycki and sound engineer Ken Goerres to literally tune the room before installation began. In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections.

"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.

Examining Bullies, Teasers, and Tormenters

Posted side-by-side along the library windows at Otis College of Art and Design is an unassuming but powerful section of the pop-up installation: 100 Steps to Fairness and Integrity.

An aggressive election year has seen high-profile cases of prejudice and violence played out in the media and communities across the nation. Seeing this as an opportunity for dialogue, Patricia Kovic, faculty lead for the Creative Action course Neighbor-Gap-Bridge, challenged her students to collect 100 instances of negative behavior for analysis.

Zeal Harris' ‘Home Remedies For Driving While Black’

Zeal Harris' ('07 MFA) new solo exhibition Home Remedies for Driving While Black addresses police violence through the lens of interpersonal relationships.

"The art is sometimes autobiographical or biographical as three of the artworks are about men that I personally knew, whose lives were lost while in police custody," says Harris. "The compositions are careful in their effort to offer anti-iconographic storytelling that puts rich human character back onto victims made into cold statistics."

'Los Angeles Times': Polly Apfelbaum's fallen paintings and beads of devotion...

Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2016

"A secular chapel might seem an impossible contradiction in terms — an unsustainable union of worldliness and divinity. The mystery of mortality doesn’t merge easily with the empirical here-and-now.

L.A. in Oslo: Exhibition Explores the Fantasy of L.A.

Meg Cranston, Los Angeles-based artist and chair of Fine Arts, along with several Otis alumni, will show work in the upcoming ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’ opening September 22 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway.

Polly Apfelbaum Unveils ‘Rug-Filled Gallery’ in First Institutional Show in Los Angeles at The Ben Maltz Gallery

LOS ANGELES –The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes, on view September 24 – December 4, 2016, the artist’s first solo institutional show in Los Angeles. A public opening reception takes place Saturday, September 24, 4-6pm.

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. 

 

Art, Aesthetics, and Activism Collide in the Work of Faculty Andrea Bowers

Andrea Bowers is a political artist who makes artwork that is just as compelling aesthetically as it is conceptually. She says her work is “service to the cause of activism,” but at the same time she looks for “an aesthetic within the subject” to communicate her political message.

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