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Los Angeles Times: How guerrilla art on the streets of South L.A. confronts scars from the 1992 riots

By Makeda Easter

Artist Juan Capistrán was a teenager on an afternoon bus ride from Venice to his home in South Los Angeles when the 1992 riots began. Even though Capistrán noticed passengers were increasingly upset the further east and south his bus traveled, it wasn’t until he was nearly home that he learned a jury had acquitted four police officers in the beating of Rodney King.

Findings Revealed: 2019 Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Otis College released its findings for the 2019 Otis Report on the Creative Economy featuring remarks by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Frieze Los Angeles Executive Director Bettina Korek, and Executive Director of Economic Research at Beacon Economics Robert Kleinhenz on Friday, February 1at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the L.A. Central Library.

The Argonaut: 100% Festival Encourages Locals To Unlock Their Own Creativity

Sometimes one day is not enough to celebrate a milestone birthday. So for its centennial, Otis College of Art and Design is throwing the 100% Festival, a two-day bash this weekend packed with panels, workshops and a maker’s mart that invites the whole community to come onto campus.

“It’s a celebration plus a kind of introduction, introductory lessons in art and design for anybody,” says Otis College President Bruce Ferguson. “Here, you get a chance to make a pot and do stuff that our students do every day. It shows that our education is not just for people who get a degree.”

Artillery: Fay Ray at Shulamit Nazarian

Fay Ray (BFA '02) often says her work is about the construction of identity, which is something a lot of artists say. But in “I AM THE HOUSE” Ray takes that premise in sublime new directions, in a series of sculptures and photo-based works that through formal materials, actions and techniques of their processes, and narrative aspects of their content, do construct identity, right before your eyes.

Vogue: This New Designer Is Making Unisex Statement Pieces That Have L.A. Talking

 

Los Angeles–native Westley Austin had almost given up on the fashion industry entirely when he landed upon a small pin at an estate sale with bold wording: I Was Born to Raise Hell. It was a message that resonated with him—and one that, after years of being creatively stifled while designing for big brands, inspired him to finally launch his own eponymous label, a 15-piece collection that is now sold alongside Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Y/Project at L.A.’s Shop Super Street.

On Painting Men, Embracing Social Media, and Rediscovering L.A.

Born in Los Angeles, Hayley Quentin studied at Otis College of Art and Design, where she received a BFA with Honors in 2008. She spent the next seven years living and working in Europe, mainly in the UK and France. In 2016 Hayley returned to Los Angeles, where she currently resides and works, both as faculty at the Brentwood Art Center and as a practicing artist at her studio in Inglewood.

Was there a moment when you realized you wanted to make art?

PST: LA/LA Shows Where You Can See Otis Alumni Work

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA has officially taken over for a city-wide dialogue about art, social engagement, heritage, and borders both literal and figurative. As Los Angeles' first professional art school, Otis College of Art and Design has been a part of the city's vibrant arts community from the beginning.

Opening Reception and Curator Walk-Through: Talking to Action

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

Opening Reception 3-5pm / Walk-through with curator Bill Kelley, Jr. 3:30pm

Los Angeles Magazine: 50 Museums Are Opening Their Doors for Free

Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine August 23, 2017

"Starting in September, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is bringing together art institutions from across Southern California for a large-scale project that explores Latin-American and Latino art. Local museums and cultural centers will host a thematically-linked series of art exhibitions and public events—including performances, lectures, discussions, workshops, and family activities—that run through January 2018.

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.