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JT Lab Gives Artists a Chance to Make Lasting Difference with National Parks

Joshua Tree has long been known as a creative enclave, home to art walks and art galleries, and nearby spots like The Integratron are meant to dissolve barriers between the conscious thinking mind and the creative unconscious. But of course, Joshua Tree is best known for its national park and the beautiful, arid landscape.

Village Voice: Under the Spell of Sculptor Kelly Akashi’s Eerie, Tactile Elegance

There is an eerie loveliness, a troubled elegance, to the work of Los Angeles-based artist Kelly Akashi. Insides and outsides are defined, then confused; materials behave as themselves, then pose as something else; objects look familiar, but perform strangely. In other words, she’s a sculptor in the classic California tradition that celebrates eccentricity as a kind of instinctive intelligence.

To Serve and Create

Rebecca Lowry is on hiatus. She has, for at least two years and likely much longer, walked away from her L.A. studio to become an “embedded artist” at Joshua Tree National Park and demonstrate how creative people can solve everyday problems while also capturing the imagination of visitors.

“This is mission-assistive work,” says Lowry, who’s drawing a plan to reconfigure JTNP headquarters to accommodate more staff. “A lot of what I do here is back-of-the-house stuff, creative problem-solving to help the park function better.”

In the Studio with Alumna Hayley Quentin and 'ArtMaze Mag'

Reprinted from ArtMaze Mag

"Hayley Quentin’s ('08 Fine Arts) paintings challenge the conventional representation of male beauty and eroticism in art. Her ethereal facture is characterized by the interplay of diffuse and saturated oil colors, working together to create a lens through which the viewer sees the painted body.

Trailblazer: Rebecca Lowry of JT Lab

Reprinted from Modern Hiker 

'T Magazine': Kerry James Marshall Is Shifting the Color of Art History

Reprinted from T Magazine, October 17, 2016 

Artist Andrea Zittel on 'How to Live?'

Why do we choose to live the way we do? This is the question at the core of artist Andrea Zittel's work. Zittel, the Fine Arts' 2016-2017 Critic-in-Residence will address these issues in 'How to Live?", a public lecture on October 20, 2016, at 7:30pm at Otis College of Art and Design. 

“How to Live?” Artist Andrea Zittel on the Experiment of Living, October 20 at Otis College of Art and Design

LOS ANGELES, CA – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department presents a public lecture by its 2016-2017 Critic-in-Residence, Andrea Zittel.


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    January 14
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Alumna Zeal Harris Begins Residency at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura

Artist Zeal Harris ('07 MFA Painting) -- whose work tackles "diffuclt realities" in a colorful style -- began her stint as the Camera Obscura Art Lab's new Studio Artist-in-Residence in Santa Monica this month, City officials said.

During her tenure, which ends November 12, Harris will explore "the impact of police violence on interpersonal relationships" in a series of workshops and narrative paintings she plans to create, organizers said.

Alumnus Kio Griffith Exhibiting at Aichi Triennale 2016 in Japan

Alumnus Kio Griffith ('86 Communications Arts), a visual/sound artist, curator and editor will be showing at the international art festival, Aichi Triennale 2016, in Japan.