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Alumni Mural Competition

Alumni Mural Competition 2019

Call For Entries

Deadline to enter is August 9, 2019, 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 in the Fall of 2019.

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 2 and Sunday, September 29, 2019. The selected mural will be on display for approximately one academic year (October, 2019 through June, 2020). 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 $2,500 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 independently in a timely and professional manner.
  • Insurance coverage is not available through Otis College.

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 9, 2019, 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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2019 Alumni Mural Competition Jurors

York Chang

York Chang Alumni Mural Juro

Trained as both a lawyer and an artist, York Chang makes conceptually driven work which considers how collective action is influenced by ambiguity, disorientation, and propaganda. He works across media, and has presented performances, created artist books and short plays, and produced paintings, collages and drawings, among other activities. The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) recently presented concurrent solo exhibitions of Chang's work. Chang has also exhibited his work at various institutions, galleries, and art fairs in Los Angeles and internationally, including Commonwealth & Council, Greene Exhibitions, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Charlie James Gallery, 18th Street Arts Center, LACE, MAK Center for Art & Architecture, MassMOCA, and Edel Assanti in London. He is a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship Grantee.

Pearl C. Hsiung

Pearl C. Hsiung Alumni Mural Juro

The space that Hsiung’s work explores lies between representation and abstraction and is often a site for material experimentation. Her large-scale paintings, works on paper, and videos utilize a variety of techniques to investigate the perceptions of our relationship to and within nature as viewed through anthropocentric, sublime and transcendental contexts. Her work has been included in solos at Visitor Welcome Center (2017), Vincent Price Art Museum (2011), Steve Turner Contemporary (2010, 2007) and Max Wigram Gallery, London (2006, 2004) and in group exhibitions The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and North Carolina Museum of Art (2018); Made In L.A., 2012, Hammer Museum (2012); California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art (2006) and Busan Biennale, South Korea (2006). In 2015, Hsiung received a Getty Fellow, Mid-Career Fellowship from the California Community Foundation and in 2021 her large-scale, tile mosaic mural will be unveiled at the Grand Av Arts/Bunker Hill Metro Station in downtown Los Angeles. Her upcoming solo at Visitor Welcome Center will open in November 2019.

Marco Rios (’97)

Marco Rios Alumni Mural Juro

Marco Rios is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in sculpture, photography, video, and performance. He received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and his undergraduate degree from Otis College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited at LACMA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions;Artists Space, New York; Estacion, Tijuana, Mexico. Previous exhibitions include Death's Boutique at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Mixed Signals, a traveling exhibition organized by ICI; This is Killing Me, a group exhibitionat MASS MoCA; Despair Beyond Despair, a solo project at LAX ART; and the 2008 California Biennial at Orange County Museum of Art. Recently, he had his third solo exhibition “S” is for Sincere formerly formally “F” is for Fake at Simon Preston Gallery, NY; a solo project Anatomy of an Absent Artist at Santa Monica Museum, CA; and an outdoor public project at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. In 2007, he was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship. In 2008, he was selected as one of the James Irvine Foundation Visions from the New California awardees, and in 2009 awarded an ARC grant from The Durfee Foundation. Most recently he was awarded an Art Matters grant in 2016. Marco Rios is represented by Simon Preston Gallery in New York.

Shizu Saldamando

Shizu Saldamando Alumni Mural Juro

Shizu Saldamando was born and raised in San Francisco's Mission District, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Experimenting with a broad range of surfaces and materials, Saldmando’s portraiture enlists painting and drawing on canvas, wood, paper and cloth, and functions as homage as well as a documentation of subcultures within and around the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Her drawings, paintings, sculptures, and videos have been exhibited both locally and internationally. A selection of her solo exhibitions include: When You Sleep: A Survey of Shizu Saldamando, Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, California, All Tomorrow’s Parties, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Shizu Saldamando, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, To Return, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Stay Gold, Space 47, San Jose, California. Selected group exhibitions include Phantom Sightings at LACMA, Drawing the Line at MOCA San Diego, We Must Risk Delight: Twenty Artists from Los Angeles, an official collateral exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Trans-Pacific Borderlands as a part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time initiative at the Japanese American National Museum and The High Art of Riding Low at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Devon Tsuno

Devon Tsuno Alumni Mural Juro

Devon Tsuno is a Los Angeles-native. His spray paint and acrylic paintings, installations, and community projects focus on the LA watershed, water use, and native vs. non-native vegetation. Tsuno’s long-term interest in issues of access to public space, fishing and bodies of water in the LA area has been central to his work with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Music Center, Theodore Payne Foundation, and the grantLOVE Project. Tsuno is a 2017 Santa Fe Art Institute Water Rights Artist-In-Residence, is the 2016 SPArt Community Grantee and was awarded a 2014 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Art. Tsuno has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad at the Hammer Museum Venice Beach Biennial, Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Denk Gallery, U.S. Embassy in New Zealand, and Gallery Lara in Tokyo. His work has been featured in Artillery Magazine, X-TRA Journal and Notes on Looking. He received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2005 and a BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2003. Tsuno is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at California State University Dominguez Hills.

2018 Centennial Alumni Mural Competition Winners

Noah Humes (BFA, '17)

Noah Humes mural 2018

Home, Noah Humes 2018, Image credit: Seth Lower

Sofia Enriquez (BFA, '14)

Sofia Enriquez mural 2018

Cuidate Mucho, 2018 Sofia Enriquez   Image credit: Seth Lower

2018 jurors were Victoria Burns, Sandra de la Loza, Noam Laich, Phranc and Vincent Ramos (BFA, '02)