Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • 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. 

  • 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).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Teaching Excellence Awards Recipients

Distinguished Educator

Eddy Award: Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Excellence in Teaching

Otis and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce annually honor one outstanding Otis faculty member. The Chamber presents this award at its annual Teacher Recognition Dinner. The Eddy Award/Distinguished Educator Award recipient receives $2,500, is introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.

Each year one Part-Time and one Full-Time faculty member each receive the Excellence in Teaching Award. Both recipients receive $1,250, are introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.


2017 Distinguished Educator

JT Steiny, Senior Lecturer, Communication Arts

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2017 Teaching Excellence

Joanne Mitchell, Associate Professor, Foundation (Full-Time)
Jessica Ngo, Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences (Part-Time)

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2016 Distinguished Educator

Jim Starret, Professor, Foundation

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2016 Teaching Excellence

Siri Kaur, Associate Professor, Fine Arts, Foundation (Full-Time)
Laura Barbera, Senior Lecturer, Digital Media (Part-Time)

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2015 Distinguished Educator

Christian Mounger, Associate Professor, Foundation

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2015 Teaching Excellence

Marlena Donohue, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, Grad Fine Arts (Full-Time)
Chris Badger, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Foundation (Part-Time)

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2014 Distinguished Educator

Dana Duff, Professor, Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice

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2014 Teaching Excellence

Jason Burton, Assistant Professor, Product Design and Foundation (Full-Time)
William ‘Bill’ Sneed, Lecturer, Digital Media (Part-Time)

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2013 Distinguished Educator

Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media

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2013 Teaching Excellence

Bill Kelley, Jr. Lecturer, Graduate Public Practice (Part-Time)
Renee Petropoulous, Associate Professor, Graduate Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2012 Distinguished Educator

Gary Geraths, Associate Professor, Foundation and Digital Media

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2012 Teaching Excellence

Mark Wyse, Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts (Part-Time)
Meg Cranston Chair, Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2011 Distinguished Educator

Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Assistant Chair, Fashion Design.

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2011 Teaching Excellence

Carol Branch, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies (Part Time).
Erin Hauber, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts (Full Time).

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2010 Distinguished Educator

Scott Grieger, Professor, Fine Arts

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2010 Teaching Excellence

Anthony Young, Professor, Fashion Design (Full-Time)
Robert Summers, Lecturer, Liberal Studies (Part-Time)

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Other faculty members have received the Eddy Award:

2009: Michael Schrier
2008: Christian Mounger
2007: Heather Joseph-Witham
2006: James Starrett
2005: Randall Lavender
2004: Joan Takayama-Ogawa
2003: Parme Giuntini
2002: Debra Ballard
2001: Ave Pildas
2000: Rosemary Brantley
1999: Robert L. Glover
1998: Katie Philips
1997: Scott Grieger and Kathryn Hagen

 

 

 

 

 

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