FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2008
Otis artists, designers and writers featured in “Omage ‘08” at Track 16 Gallery, August 2-30, 2008
Coinciding with a variety of celebratory events and exhibitions that commemorate Otis’ 90th anniversary, Omage ‘08: The Artists, Designers, and Writers of Otis College of Art, an exhibition of work by Otis’ distinguished faculty, opens Saturday, August 2, 6-9 pm at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Featuring work by more than 60 artists, designers, and writers, the exhibition is guest-curated by Lisa Melandri, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has maintained a position of excellence and a high profile regionally and internationally as an institution that educates creators and thinkers. At the core is its exceptional faculty. In addition to their proven dedication as educators, Otis faculty members are exhibited globally and are recognized fine artists, architects and designers, as well as widely published authors, poets and critics.
According to Otis President Samuel Hoi, “Otis faculty members help students take their places in the world as successful creative professionals. Guided and nurtured by teachers who have traveled that same road, students define their own vision and chart a path to achieve their goals. Through inspired teaching, these future artists and designers catch hold of their dreams.”
Participants include Debra Ballard, Maura Bendett, Marcie Begleiter, Beatrice Mousli Bennett, Guy Bennett, Adam Berg, Beverly Bledsoe, Ann
Bray, Linda Burnham, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Chris Chapin, Melissa Clark, Tracy Colby, Meg Cranston, Abdelali Dahrouch, Jacci Den Hartog, Marlena Donohue, Roy Dowell, Dana Duff, Art Durinski, Bill Fogg, Peter Gadol, Rosi Gabl, Gary Geraths, Parme Giuntini, Arloa Goldstone (’08), Scott Grieger, Kathryn Hagen (’99), Nancy Hasselbacher , Erin Hauber, Marsha Hopkins (’97), Marjan Hormozi, Linda Hudson, Michele Jacquis, Annetta Kapon (’85), Soo Kim, Suzanne Lacy, Randy Lavender, Joyce Lightbody, Barbara Maloutas (’03), Helena Min, Chris Mounger, Patrick Nickell, Kali Nikitas, Joan Ogawa-Takayama, Renée Petropoulos, Katie Philips, Ave Pildas, Kiki Samarcelli (’74), Rich Shelton, Alex Slade, Rob Sprujit (’01), Jim Starrett, Kerri Steinberg, Pat Stiles, Ann Summa, J.T Steiny (’84), Holly Tempo, Paul Vangelisti, Jean-Marie Venturini (’06), Chris Warner, John White, Rush White, and Michael Wright.
RELATED EVENTS (free and open to the public)
Saturday, August 2, 6 to 9 pm Opening Reception
Saturday, August 16, 7 to 9 pm Panel Discussion: Collapsing Boundaries Otis faculty members and arts professionals discuss current art/design
Saturday, August 23, 7 to 9 pm Otis Authors Read
Saturday, August 30, 6 to 9 pm Closing Reception
For images, please visit archive.otis.edu/press
For more information on Otis 90th Anniversary events, please visit archive.otis.edu/homecoming
ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.