Events
  • In his lecture, Laurence Rickels reenters the exchange between Walter Benjamin and Alexander Mette, which led to Mette’s review of Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels in Imago and brought Benjamin to consider the clinical picture of schizophrenia, the topic of Mette’s dissertation-book, which he in turn reviewed.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Emily Thorpe's art work addresses the twisting formation of memory through spatial relations and moments of domesticity. She will be presenting a solo exhibition for her Graduate Thesis at The Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design, on view February 20 to February 25, 2017. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, February 25, 6-9pm.

  • Solmaz Sharif

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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.

  • 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.

     

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Support Independent Makers This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be full of sales and big store blow-outs, but the art of gift giving requires a little more thought. For the loved ones on your list consider gifts that are designed, handcrafted, illustrated, or curated by independent makers. We've put together a few recommendations from alumni-owned businesses that offer something for everyone, from luxurious yet playful kids clothing to sustainable furniture to the perfect planter for your office. 

Giving New Meaning To Old Mediums

Owning a business is a goal for many artists and designers, though the hardships of running a successful studio or product line are often glossed over in today's glorification of the entrepreneur. 

When Melanie Abrantes (’12 Product Design) launched Melanie Abrantes Designs in 2013 she had a strong support system, the market for handmade goods was growing, and she was working 12-hour days to make it work. 

Commonstudio heads to India on Fulbright-Nehru Grant

Daniel Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Kim Karlsrud (’07 Interactive Product Design), co-founders of Commonstudio, are heading to Bangalore, India, in October 2016.

Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
 
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
 
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.
 

Student Spotlight: Arturo Vazquez

Arturo Vazquez came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was two years old. In order to give him a better education, his parents moved the family from Compton to Whittier and it was later, at Rio Hondo Community College that Arturo would meet his mentor, ceramics professor, and Otis alumnus, Robert Miller.

Alumna Melanie Abrantes Featured in Better Homes and Gardens

When Melanie Abrantes ('12 Product Design) decided to pursue her love of handmade home goods, cork and wood were the perfect media for the California-based lathe-loving woodworker. Her commitment to sustainably farmed materials coupled with her genuine curiosity keeps her one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups, and planters constantly changing.

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What was your "aha entrepreneur moment" -- when you knew you wanted your own business?

Alumni Danny Phillips and Kim Karlsrud

Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Karlsrud ('07 Product Design) met when they were students, and star

Otis at Dwell on Design 2015

Last weekend Otis College of Art and Design exhibited selected work of students from the departments of Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and Product Design at the Dwell on Design show. Product Design presented work from juniors and seniors ranging from tea cups to furniture, while A/L/I exhibited images of various students’ work that represented the department’s disciplines and curriculum.

Product Design Sophomore Jasmin Druffner Wins First Place Award at Spring Green Expo 2015 for “Garden on Wheels”

Jasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not only to help raise awareness regarding sustainability issues, but also to meet like minds, to develop experience talking about t

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