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Artists Announced for 100% L.A. Billboard Project

Part of Otis College's Centennial Year Celebration, Artwork Installed September 24

Brooklyn-based nonprofit SaveArtSpace has partnered with Otis College of Art and Design to present "100% LA" a celebration of art and design inspired by the city of Los Angeles.

Curated by college president Bruce W. Ferguson on the occasion of the Otis College Centennial, the selected artists include Kohshin Finley (BFA Communication Arts ‘12), Sofia Enriquez (BFA Communication Arts/Illustration ’14), Tanya Thoma (BFA Fine Arts ’18), Matthew Penkala, Academic Projects Manager, and current Toy Design student Uyen Nguyen.

Los Angeles is a city dedicated to sparking the imagination and it has inspired countless artists, designers, and creatives. The work selected for "100% LA" celebrates and reflects back the energy and vibrancy of Southern California.

Other artists chosen include Olivia D'OraziVikesh KapoorLeafy YehVakseen, and Hideyo Kameda

See all of the selected works.

There will be an artist reception on Sunday, September 30 at Otis College of Art and Design as part of Birthday Party kick-off to the College's Centennial Year. Learn more.

Curator Bruce W. Ferguson

An accomplished author and curator of numerous nationally and internationally noted exhibitions, Bruce W. Ferguson became president of Otis College of Art and Design in May 2015. He was the founding director and first curator of the nationally acclaimed SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has curated for such eminent institutions as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Winnipeg and Vancouver art galleries in Canada. He has organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice, and Istanbul. Mr. Ferguson’s extensive academic leadership experience includes roles as Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Founding Director of Arizona State University’s F.A.R. (Future Arts Research), and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Kansas City Art Institute. He continues to actively publish, maintain relations with colleagues worldwide and be involved on institutional boards i.e. the Bergen Assembly in Norway and SAHA, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Find Your 100: Otis College of Art and Design's Centennial Year Celebration 

Otis College of Art and Design opened its doors on September 30, 1918. That’s 100 years of providing an inspiring and transformative art and design education. To celebrate we’re running the 100% campaign, dedicated to creativity and the 100% commitment that artists and designers give to their passion. From our kick-off on September 30, 2018 to the 100% Festival to our Annual Exhibition event in May, we'll be sharing stories, advice, resources and more to recognize our thriving community and help those creatives just beginning their journey. Find out more. 

Image: Detail views of Matthew Penkala Who’s In Broken?, Kohshin Finley It Only Made Me Stronger, and Tanya Thoma Specula for the Birds to Look at.