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  • High&Low Bureau is a curatorial duo composed of Yael Messer and Gilad Reich. They curate exhibitions, film programs, performative events and publications, while engaging with a plethora of disciplines, media and modes of artistic expression.Their curatorial practice is dedicated to the exploration of artistic strategies that reflect on, and suggest alternatives to, specific social-political conditions.

  • Los Angeles is a city often described as having no center. Its art community has turned that "disadvantage" into an advantage and given itself a license for adventure. Organizations, galleries, and artists find decentralization to be an exciting option and they establish their addresses in unexpected neighborhoods and zones in the city and even beyond, in other cities and states. What are the challenges and advantages of this programmatic and conceptual strategy? What are the risks, to organization and audience alike? Is this necessary, and if so, is it sustainable?

  • Fritz Haeg

    Sep 25| Lectures
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    Image: Fritz Haeg, working to install the Edible Estate #12 garden in Budapest, 2012. Photo: Andras Kare.

    Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Fritz Haeg.

    Thursday, September 25th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • David Schafer

    Sep 30| Lectures
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    David Schafer is a visual and sound artist working in sculpture, sound, sound, performance, and works on paper. His work is concerned with the structures, translation, and intelligibility, of language and architecture. Schafer has shown nationally and internationally and has received several public commissions. Most recently he has had one-person shows at Studio10 gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, and Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA.

  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     

  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures
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    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

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Teaching Excellence Awards

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About the Program

The teaching faculty is the College's greatest resource. Accordingly, three outstanding educators from the accredited B.F.A./M.F.A. programs are recognized each year for their commitment to Otis, their clear, effective teaching, and their ability to respond to a diverse student body.

While there is no one way to be an outstanding teacher, each award is defined by a set of criteria meant to govern its nominations and selection.

The Distinguished Educator Award is presented to a longstanding member of the teaching and/or teaching/administrative community who has demonstrated a sustained ability to:

  • Incite curiosity in, motivate, and enhance the success of students
  • Inspire and earn the admiration of departmental colleagues
  • Create a lasting and gratifying impression of an extraordinary educator.

The Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to one full-time faculty/department administrator and one adjunct/part-time faculty member who consistently:

  • Communicates a thorough knowledge of and enthusiasm for the relevant field or subject
  • Presents that knowledge coherently and connects it with other allied fields or subjects
  • Challenges students and increases their capacity for independent thought
  • Transforms, enhances, or innovates teaching methodology and practice.

Eligibility

Distinguished Educator Award: All faculty members and department/program administrators who teach and who have served in either or both capacities for a minimum of ten academic years with a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and/or applied teaching scholarship.

Excellence in Teaching Awards: Full-time faculty members and department/program administrators who teach and who have served in that capacity for a minimum of three consecutive academic years. Adjunct/part-time faculty members who have taught one or more courses over a minimum of three consecutive academic years. 

Past recipients of an Otis teaching award (within five years) are not eligible.

Nominations 

Students, faculty, academic program directors, assistant/associate chairs, and department chairs may login once to nominate one candidate for the Distinguished Educator Award and two for Excellence in Teaching Awards. Alumni may nominate for the Distinguished Educator Award. Award criteria are considered in the nomination process, and the reason for each nomination is stated.

A Call for Nominations is announced here each February, and a survey link is posted. 

See written comments submitted with the Teaching Excellence Awards nominations.

 

Selections

A committee of Academic Assembly members including Department Administrators, Full-Time and Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty from Liberal Studies, Studio, Fine Arts, Design, Graduate and Undergraduate programs, along with the prior year’s award recipients, is convened by the Vice Provost. The Selections Committee considers four primary factors:

  • awards criteria
  • student evaluations of teaching
  • number of and reasons for nominations received
  • confluence of nominating constituencies (i.e. students, faculty, etc.)

Such selections are complex, and every effort is made to consider all factors that may assist in achieving equitable results. 

Recognition and Celebration

Distinguished Educator Award recipients receive $2,500, are featured in an article in O MAG, and honored at the annual Convocation. Concurrently, the recipient will receive the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce Eddy Award for Excellence in Education and attend its annual Teacher Recognition Dinner with a group of friends and colleagues.

Excellence in Teaching Award recipients each receive $1,250, are featured in an article in O MAG, and honored at the annual Convocation.

Award recipients may be called upon to contribute their expertise in College forums focused on matters of teaching and related best practices.