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Alumni Mural Competition

Alumni Mural Competition 2018

Call For Entries

Deadline to enter is August 6, 2018, 10pm

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Project Overview

Background: Alumni and alumni teams are invited to submit proposals to create an original mural in Kathleen Holser Ahmanson Hall on the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The workspace is the interior wall of the South Hall on the second floor, which leads to administrative offices. This highly trafficked space serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public. The opening reception will be held during the Otis College Centennial Celebration on September 30, 2018.

Opportunity Description: This opportunity is open to all Otis College alumni working in all disciplines; submissions in every form of two dimensional media are encouraged—such as painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, and drawing as well as non-traditional forms such as fashion designs, blueprints, commercial art, text, or cartography. Works incorporating a dynamic blend of media are also encouraged.

The artwork should add vibrancy to the site. Mural must be created and completed during nights and weekends between Monday, September 3 and Sunday, September 23, 2018. The selected mural will be on display for approximately one academic year (October, 2018 through June, 2019). Design proposals must incorporate available lighting and the wall space cannot be altered.

Dimensions for the working space of the North Wall are detailed in the following illustration:

North Wall Ahmanson Building

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Maximum allotted length for mural relief elements is three inches.

Funding: Selected artist or artist team will be compensated in a total amount not to exceed $2,000 for the artist fee, which includes all installation and material costs.

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to Otis College alumni working in two-dimensional media including, but not limited to, painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, and drawing. Previous public art experience not required. Otis College alumni may submit up to two proposals, alumni teams may submit up to two proposals. Alumni Team submissions are considered seperate from indivisual submissions.

Evaluation/Selection Process

Proposal: Artist must include:

  • Artist Statement;
  • Curricula Vitae;
  • Narrative explanation of the concept for the proposed mural;
  • Sketches, renderings, or digital illustrations representing the concept for the proposed mural that fairly depicts the design, color, and intent of the mural;
  • Five image examples of previous work.

Artist Selection Considerations:

  • Submissions will be accepted by individual alumni or alumni teams.
  • The artist’s body of work must reflect artistic excellence, innovation, and originality.
  • The artist is able to clearly articulate strong conceptual priorities and artistic approach or concept.
  • Commissioned artist should reside locally or arrange accommodations while in Los Angeles,, Otis College cannot offer travel arrangements or accommodations.
  • Assessed ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.
  • Insurance coverage is not available through Otis College.

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 6, 2018, 10pm

Jury Selection Panel: A jury panel established by Otis College will evaluate the proposals and commission one artist or artist team. Juror details to come.

Please contact Hazel Mandujano, Director of Alumni Relations with any questions

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2018 Alumni Mural Competition Jurors

Victoria Burns

Victoria Burns

Victoria Burns has over 30 years of experience in the international art market and is a member of The Association of Professional Art Advisors. With a commitment to connoisseurship and investment portfolio development, Burns advises both new and experienced collectors on building art collections that reflect the client’s personal vision, enhance their home or office environments, and contribute to their wealth. She consults on the acquisition of objects in all media, with an expertise in Modern and Contemporary Art. Burns has long-standing relationships with top international art galleries, museums, auction houses and private dealers, and attends major arts events, insuring her access to the best material on the market. Throughout her career, Burns has advised corporate clients on fine art acquisitions and educational programs for their employees. Clients include: the MacArthur Foundation, Harris Associates, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Hines Developers among others.

Sandra de la Loza

Sandra de la Loza Alumni Mural Juror

Sandra de la Loza’s work examines underlying power dynamics embedded in social space often drawing upon extensive archival research and mobilizing community-based networks. She is the founder of the Poch(x) Research Society (PRS) (2002), a project that explores the elasticity of the artifact and the mythmaking aspects of “History” through conceptual, performative, social and aesthetic strategies that result in multi-media installations, video, photographic work, social engagement, publications and public interventions. She considers her efforts to co-generate autonomous spaces for artistic production, community action and critical dialogue an important part of her practice. Through such efforts she has co-organized community centers, pedagogical spaces, and multi-disciplinary events such as the October Surprise (2004), and Arts in Action (2000-2004), decolonize LA (2016) and at land’s edge (2016-2017). In 2017 de la Loza was awarded a COLA Master Artist Fellowship which will culminate in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2018. A recent collaboration with Argentinian artist Eduardo Molinari is currently traveling through the exhibition Talking to Action: Art, Activism, Pedagogy of the Americas as part of the Getty initiative, PST LA/LA. This show will travel to the School of Art Institute Chicago next fall. In 2017 de la Loza was awarded a COLA Master Artist Fellowship Award which will culminate in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2018.

Norm Laich

Norm Laich Alumni Mural Juror

Norm Laich was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied studio arts at Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Ontario College of Art, Toronto and Eastern Michigan University. His enamel paintings and large scale wall paintings have been exhibited at 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK., Paradise Garage, Los Angeles and Team Gallery, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Vincent Ramos (BFA, '02)

Vicent Ramos Juror

Vincent Ramos received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011); Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA (2008); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). His work was most recently featured in A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), as part of PST LA/LA. In addition, Ramos organized A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America, currently on view through October 6, 2018 at the Charles White Gallery, Los Angeles. Awards include the Friends of Contemporary Art (FOCA) Mid-Career Fellowship (2015); Legacy Artist in Residence Fellowship, 18th Street Arts Center (2011); and the California Community Foundation (CCF) Emerging Artist Fellowship (2010).


Phranc Alumni Mural Competition Juror

Phranc introduces herself as “the All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger” As a visual artist she has adopted the moniker “The Cardboard Cobbler”. As a teenager she attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, California, where she focused on songwriting and silk-screening. In the late 1970’s she was a member of the Nervous Gender and Catholic Discipline in the L.A. punk rock scene. She has recorded for Rhino Records, Island Records, and Kill Rock Stars and toured internationally with many acclaimed and notorious artists. Both her music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response, and provoke discussion. She is exhibits her visual work at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica California ( and at Friesen Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho (

2017 Alumni Mural Competition Winner Renée Fox

Reneé Fox Mural

The Role of Helen in the Corruption of Faustus, 2017, image credit from artist website

2017 jurors were Theodore Karatz, Anna Katz, Jamie G. Manné, Shulamit Nazarian, Marc Pally, and Fay Ray (BFA, ’01).