• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Image: Electronic Sound Bath

  • L: Nora Jane Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.



What is included in the Residency?

The L.A. Summer Residency includes room and board, meals in our cafeteria, lab spaces and access to semi-private studios. As part of the public programming, we will also have keynote speakers, one-on-one mentorships and an opportunity to engage with artists and designers from the vibrant art community of Los Angeles.


I was accepted into the Residency, how do I secure my spot? 

To secure your spot in the residency, you must submit the non-refundable deposit at The deposit deadline was April 7, 2017. 


I want to stay on campus. How do I pay for housing?

To secure your spot in housing, you must submit a $50 deposit at The housing deposit deadline is April 30, 2017. For an additional fee, you can also request a private room. Please check out our housing guidelines here


I have paid my deposit. What's next?

Please be sure to fill out the Registration Form, and pay the rest of your fees by May 15, 2017. You can make payments directly here:


Is parking available on campus?

Yes, parking is available for commuters for $25 per week. You can request a parking pass when you fill out the Registration Form. Passes can be picked up upon check-in. 


When is check in/check out?

Check in is: 9:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017

Check out: 9:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017

*There is an additional $100 fee per night for early arrival; no late stays will be allowed after the end of the Residency.

*For late check in, please indicate times in the Registration Form. 


I am coming from out of town. What dates should I plan my flight?

Please plan to arrive on June 4th, and depart on June 25th.


What kind of transportation is available?

Otis College is located near the airport, so you can take a cab, or Uber/Lyft. The College does not provide transportation (outside of scheduled program field trips).


How do I reserve a spot in Labs and Shops?

Please fill out the Registration Form and indicate your preference in studio spaces. Spaces are assigned on first come, first serve basis. You will receive confirmation via email.


I want to ship some items. Where can I send them?

Send all your packages to:

Summer Programs, Otis College of Art and Design

9030 Loyola Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

*The name and email you have provided for your residency registration should match the shipping information. Packages will be available for pick up at our Purchasing and Shipping department (Ahmanson 1st Floor).


I need to order supplies from local vendors. How do I do that?

Local art supply store Graphaids has a store on-campus for your convenience. An additional vendor list will be available shortly. 


Is wi-fi available in studios and housing?

Yes, wi-fi is available in studios and housing.


What types of equipment are available for check-out?

A listing of available labs and shops can be found here. Please note that hours are subject to change; please check back for updates closer to the residency start date. 


When will the public programming be available?

The full list of speakers and public programming will be available in May 2017, stay tuned to the main residency page for updates. 



General Inquiries – Mahtem Shiferraw

Housing – Morgan Brown

TSS and Lab Management – Andrew Armstrong

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