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Senior Zack Benson Wins Jeanne Ward Foundation Scholarship as Part of Burgeoning Ceramics Program at Otis College 

Zack Benson’s studio is puzzling. There’s no pottery wheel or work bench. There is, however, a metal rack loaded with power tools, computer components, video equipment, and an audio mixing board. There’s also a stack of books by French philosophers Henri Bergson and Jean Baudrillard, Italian media theorist Franco Berardi, and Oxford neuro-archeologist Lambros Malafouris. 

2017 Ceramic Sale

Join us on December 12  from 11am  to 7pm for the 2017 Ceramic Sale! Support emerging artists and grab some gorgeous pieces for gifts or for your own collection. 

Lila Reynolds Awarded the Inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize

With a striking yet minimal ceramics piece, Lila Reynolds ('17 Product Design) has received the inaugural David Yurman Young Artist Prize for 2017. Lila will receive $20,000 in scholarship funds and will have her sculpture displayed in David Yurman boutiques in the Fall. In addition, Otis College of Art and Design will also receive a Master Class with David Yurman himself.

Hyperallergic on the Legacy and Revival of Ceramics

PARIS — Conversations about art and medium-specificity are almost always conversations about history. Yet in our postmodern, post-media times we have tended to shy away from the Greenbergian concept of medium-specificity as a particularly relevant principle for organizing historical exhibitions. Partially defying this trend, curators Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane give us Ceramix, a sweeping, historical, ceramic-specific survey of the 20th and 21st centuries, with some earlier works mixed in for context.

Fine Arts Alumnus Eduardo Sarabia Awarded Mike Kelley Foundation Grant

Launched in June of last year, the Artist Project Grants seek to further Mike Kelley’s philanthropic work and honour his legacy by supporting innovative projects with visual artists at L.A. non-profit institutions and organisations. The goal is to benefit both visual artists and arts organizations alike and to support compelling and inventive projects in any medium, particularly work that is under-known, or has proven difficult to make or to fund.

Alumna Keiko Fukazawa exhibit Made in China Reviewed by LA Times

Keiko Fukazawa's ('86 MFA Ceramics) "Spout Monster #1" is an unassuming little smart bomb, a precision-guided work of art that explodes aesthetic conventions by uncovering buried social and political content in ordinary found objects.

The porcelain sculpture, included in the modest but captivating survey of Fukazawa's recent ceramics newly opened at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, is composed from two shallow, footed bowls. They are stacked rim to rim and fused together in the kiln, looking like a little flying saucer.

Alumnus Diego Romero Awarded United States Artists Fellowship

Firmly positioning his work within an Indigenous visuality, Diego Romero has built a career constructing ceramic vessels that elevate Pueblo life to Olympian stature. A third generation professional artist, Romero was born and raised in Berkeley, California to a Cochiti father and a non-Native mother.

Los Angeles Times Features 'Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty'

Somewhere ceramist Ralph Bacerra is smiling, says Jo Lauria, curator of "Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in L.A.

Alumnus Paul Soldner

"As an artist, I work with clay, bronze, photos and prints. From these mediums, I make objects for use. But their uses are varied. Some are functional, some are not. They are meant to sometimes surprise. Disgust or delight. Although made to be used. Use not be common. In its highest sense, such use is in the spirit. Of celebration. Of life. Enhanced.

ArtScene Reviews AMOCA'S 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Curated By Faculty Jo Lauria

ArtScene, June 2015 Publication
By Scarlet Cheng