• 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.


General Information

Program And Fees 

Applications are now closed; notifications, including fellowship recipients, were sent on March 10, 2017.

The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles. This summer, Otis College will welcome 60 professional artists and designers from the world as part of the L.A. Summer Residency.

The L.A. Summer Residency includes:

  • A private, simply furnished room in shared housing
  • Semi-private studios and access to lab spaces
  • 3 meals per day on weekdays, with brunch and dinner on weekends


To secure your spot in the residency, submit the non-refundable deposit at deposit is due April 7, 2017.

The total cost for residency:

  • $2,400 (includes room and board)
  • $1,650 commuting

Otis College alumni will receive $100 off the fee for the residency (please indicate this in your application).

The L.A. Summer Residency offers limited numbers of fellowships, $500 off applications submitted by the priority deadline each year. Fellowship recipients will be announced via email on March 10, 2017 (with acceptance notices).





Participants will have dedicated workspace studios. Our facilities have different labs, including Painting Studios, Photography Lab, Lighting Studio & Green Screen, Video Lab, Laboratory Press, Wood, Model and Metal Shops, Printmaking Lab, Sculpture Studio, Ceramics Studio, and more. To learn more about our facilities, please check out Labs and Shops. To reserve a spot in the labs, please complete the Registration Form and pay your fees. 


Each resident will be assigned a single, private, simply furnished room with a common space and shared bathroom. Residents have access to laundry on every floor. There are also unique lounges on each floor, including a kitchen, study lounge, studio space and media lounge. There is a limited number of private rooms (with no shared common space) for an additional fee of $300. Private rooms are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. 


Our Dining Commons will serve 3 communal meals on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Fresh fruit, snacks, smoothies, and beverages are available at our Grab-N-Go spot, 7:00am – 7:00pm. Bon Appétit serves meals cooked from scratch using fresh, authentic ingredients. Using local and seasonal products, Bon Appétit serves healthy and flavorful meals to residents. The café also accommodates various dietary restrictions. Bon Appétit caters to group events scheduled at Otis College. Otis College is surrounded by local restaurants and cafés where you can grab a meal.


Although visitors can eat at the Dining Commons for an additional charge, we cannot accommodate visitors overnight in our housing. If you need accommodations for your guests, Otis College has a variety of lodgings available nearby.  


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