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  • Sitting in Sound

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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • 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

  • 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).

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Yeltsin Penado: Using Color to Open Up Conversations

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. 

 

MFA Open Studios

Join us for the 2017 MFA Open Studios on Sunday, April 9th from 2-5pm, representing work by the Graduate Fine Arts, Graduate Public Practice, Graduate Graphic Design, and Graduate Writing departments at the Otis College Graduate Studios in Culver City. The 2017 MFA Open Studios are free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available behind the studios.

'Artbound': Alumna Camille Rose Garcia’s Psychedelic World

Reprinted from KCET Artbound, March 13, 2017 

"Three women — a wizened witch, a sleek, pipe-smoking femme fatale and a bare-chested school girl sporting a mini-skirt and a sword — shimmy up the hairy shank of a monstrous wolf. It’s not just the beast that’s foreboding; part of his massive torso has been replaced by a melty mountain range with a gaping chasm at its center.  

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

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.

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. 

Fine Arts Students Exhibit at Photo LA

Fine arts students from Otis College are exhibiting at Photo L.A., the international photographic art exposition, through January 15 in downtown Los Angeles. 

Exhibiting students include Ceci Arana (Senior), Alexis Brazet (Senior), Emmanuelle Castellan (Senior), Camille Chorin (Senior), Jonathan Colin (Sophomore), Sherri Green (Junior), Dakota Higgins (Senior), April Oh (Senior), Pamela Ramos (Junior), and Michelle Peters (Senior). 

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