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Full Circle: Alumnus Vincent Ramos Curates Powerful Exhibition at LACMA

On January 27, A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America will open to the public at Charles White Elementary School. Curated by artist and educator Vincent Ramos (BFA Fine Arts '02), the exhibition displays works by contemporary Latino artists, writers, and activists exploring loss, resilience, and the political potential of poetic expression alongside several pieces from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) collection. 

Art and Activism in the Americas

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design will present Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, an exhibition and publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas curated by Bill Kelley, Jr., with Karen Moss as consulting curator. Talking to Action, on view September 17 through December 10, 2017, 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.

What Do You Love About Creating?

We asked Otis College of Art and Design students what they love about creating. "I love art because it grants you the ability to create a world," said digital media major Luke Javellana. "You can help characters fall in love, you can help them conquer their fears, and you can help them grow. In that way, I think it's special because it resonates with people." Watch the full video to hear from more students on why they love to create. 

LA-Based Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar

Reprinted from Artnet News, January 26, 2017

"In recent years there’s been lots of talk of an LA revival, and although the city’s art community privately scoffs at the suggestion that LA was even absent in the first place, its undeniable that new artistic momentum has reached a critical mass in the last two years, driven by large international and domestic galleries taking root, new museums such as the Broad, and an increasing number of artists settling in the city.

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Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

'Cultured Magazine': 30 Young Artists To Watch In 2017

Reprinted from Culture Magazine November 2016

"We spent the summer refining and debating who should be included in our first-ever “30 Under 35” list. In order to narrow it down, we captured the country’s pulse by limiting our focus to its two culture capitals—Los Angeles and New York. Here, in alphabetical order, our names to watch in 2017, from Kelly Akashi to Stewart Uoo.

Alumnus Kenzi Shiokava Hailed as Breakout Star of Hammer Museum Biennial

When artist Kenzi Shiokava ('74 MFA) received a telephone call from a pair of curators organizing this year’s “Made in L.A.” biennial at the Hammer Museum, he says he had little clue of the meteoric effect it would have on his life. 

“I’d never seen ‘Made in L.A.,’” says the 78-year-old sculptor. “I’ve always been off the art establishment.”

Otis Fine Arts at L.A. Louver Gallery: A Marcel Duchamp Collection

Otis Fine Arts students were given a tour of the exhibition, "A Marcel Duchamp Collection," with L.A. Louver Gallery's founding director Peter Goulds.

Social Practice Art the Gestalt of CURRENT:LA

A recent mayoral announcement officially launched the Department of Cultural Affairs’ new Current:LA initiative, an issues-driven public art biennial whose inaugural edition happens at non-traditional locations scattered across the city in July and August. The first edition, Current:LA Water, addresses the multivalent topic of water’s usage, history, and role in the city’s physical and social infrastructure. This includes the L.A. River, but as the organizers are quick to point out, it is about so much more than just the river.

Alumna Jules Rochielle to Collaborate with Female Veterans

Female veterans in Harlem will soon be collaborating with artists as part of an initiative to bring art out of museums and into city government.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs plans to announce on Monday that Social Design Collective, a project spearheaded by artist Jules Rochielle, has been chosen as artist-in-residence at the Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs.