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  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

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

  • 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.

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Alumni

Remembering Tyrus Wong

Alumnus Tyrus Wong, celebrated animator, ceramicist, painter, and kite maker passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wong graduated from Otis College of Art and Design (then the Otis Art Institute) in the 1930s, and while exhibiting artworks around Los Angeles, he began working in the film industry as a production illustrator. It was his evocative concept art for Walt Disney's "Bambi" that would ultimately lead him down the path of becoming one of the most celebrated Chinese American artists of our time.

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Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

Making a Statement at Miami Art Week

Art Basel in Miami Beach, and the adjoining fairs, parties, and shows that converge in Miami, offers an annual sampling of contemporary art and culture. Acting as a barometer of the art world, attendees were able to view well-established and emerging artists alike.

'LA Weekly': The Explosive Way a Pair of Artists Stood Up to Cultural Stereotyping...

Reprinted from LA Weekly Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"On a Sunday in mid-November, just days after the election of Donald Trump, David Roy and Forouzan Safari drove from L.A. to the desert outside Victorville for an amateur rocket launch. 

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. 

'Cultured Magazine': 30 Young Artists To Watch In 2017

Reprinted from Culture Magazine November 2016

"We spent the summer refining and debating who should be included in our first-ever “30 Under 35” list. In order to narrow it down, we captured the country’s pulse by limiting our focus to its two culture capitals—Los Angeles and New York. Here, in alphabetical order, our names to watch in 2017, from Kelly Akashi to Stewart Uoo.

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."

'T Magazine': Kerry James Marshall Is Shifting the Color of Art History

Reprinted from T Magazine, October 17, 2016 

PUTTING A RING ON HAUTE COUTURE

After falling in love with fashion design, Claire Pettibone honed her craft at Otis College and wove vintage elegance into a lifelong career. The daughter of two Otis College alumni, Pettibone was born a true romantic with design in her blood. Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, she channeled that inspiration into her own designer lingerie line, which was soon picked up by department stores around the world. She followed that success with the creation of a couture bridal collection, further developing the reaches of her vintage-inspired lifestyle brand.

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