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Otis Symposium Draws International Design Stars to Los Angeles

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Otis College of Art and Design will host its bi-annual symposium, Untitled: Variations in Design Practice, Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11 AM – 5 PM. This event is open to the public with limited seating.
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Los Angeles, CA June 13, 2012

Otis College of Art and Design brings internationally recognized guests and attendees to its bi-annual design symposium. Kali Nikitas, Chair of Otis Graduate Graphic Design, brought together designers, artists, and educators from around the world whose work exemplifies alternative practice and innovative collaboration. “One of the great highlights of the MFA Graphic Design Program is hosting incredible talent for workshops and lectures,” says Nikitas. “There is no better way for our students to start their summer session. The energy generated is infectious when committed designers, artists, educators, and students come together ... magic!”

SCHEDULED PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Ludovic Balland (Basel, Switzerland) – Award-winning Swiss type specialist known for his innovative typographical investigations and editorial design.

Hugo Puttaert of Vision and Factory (Brussels, Belgium) - Graphic designer, educator, and editor who investigates the crossovers between graphic design, typography, new media, architecture, and art. Teaches at Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

James Goggin of Practise (Chicago/ UK) - Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, working across various media: from typefaces, visual identities, and stationery, to exhibition design, mobile platforms, video, and textile design.

Hanjse van Halem (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Installation artist, curator, and graphic designer whose books, typography, and drawings make use of geometric patterns and pen illustrations in combination with traditional Dutch graphic design craftsmanship.

Boy Vereecken (Brussels, Belgium) - Editorial designer, researcher, and publisher interested in semiotics of design and editing. Boy runs a studio in Brussels, is a member of the Slavs and Tartars Art Collective, and is Advising Researcher in the design department of Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

Peter Bil’ak (The Hague, Netherlands) – An important figure in Dutch design who focuses on editorial, graphic, and type design, Peter teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, writes for various magazines, and lectures frequently on design-related topics.

Jan en Randoald (Gent, Belgium) – Partner in the collaborative studio of Randoald Sabbe and Jan W. Hespeel that specializes in graphic design, typography, prints, and other artistic explorations.

The symposium was made possible in part by a generous grant from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.

EVENT DETAILS:

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, June 16, 2012
11:00 AM – 5 PM
Party and Swap Up Shop Immediately Following at 5 PM.

LOCATION:
Otis College of Art and Design
Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

PARKING:
Free, park in the main parking structure level A and above, or street parking.

RESERVATIONS:
Space is limited to 100 seats, reservations on a first come first serve basis.
To reserve a space, please email Barbara Edison: bedison(at)otis(dot)edu

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN:
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.

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.