Fashion Grad Kristin Arndt ('93) Heads up Design at New Guess Division
Kristin Arndt, fourth from left
Vanessa Waltz ('08 Comm Arts)
Assistant Graphic Designer, second from right
G By Guess Fashion
So sorry for the late reply: I returned from Europe/NYC last weekend so I am finally getting around to my emails!
Essentially, I am Head Designer for G By Guess YC division. I head up a team of Graphic, Associate and Assistant Designers to produce the G By Guess YC division (We also have a FABULOUSLY TALENTED Men’s G by Guess Team). It's the newest division of Guess Inc and essentially targets a younger customer at a lower price point than our "Big Sisters and Brothers" of the Guess and Guess by Marciano divisions. It is still high on style and has a "Fresh, Urban Culture Meets LA Chic" I guess you could say vibe! The line is only about two years old and we are rapidly expanding with stores all over the US.
It's been a very exciting process and I feel blessed to work for such an amazing company and with such an amazing team! You can check out our line at "G by Guess.com" by clicking Women’s at www.gbyguess.com/.
Again, had it not been for the support of the Otis Alumni Program and specifically Laura Daroca and yourself, I never would have known of the opportunity.
Life is good,
All the best and give my love to Rose,
Class of 2009 Exhibition Preview
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6-9 pm
Alumni, special friends, and representatives from industry and cultural institutions are invited to preview work by the Class of 2009.
6-7 pm Welcome reception and check-in
7-9 pm Open studios featuring student work in Graduate Fine Arts, Graduate Writing, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, and Toy Design
7:30-9 pm Readings by Graduate Writing students, Galef Lighting Studio
Stop by the check-in table upon arrival for your badge and directory to the exhibits.
Graduate Public Practice work is exhibited at the Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College Performing arts Center, May 9-June 6. Opening May 9, 4-8 pm.
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Five Job Search Tips from the Office of Career Services
As we all know, we are in the midst of a very tough economy with a challenging, competitive job market. Here are five job search tips from the Career Services team:
Expand your search. If you are having difficulty finding employment, make sure that you are casting a wide enough net. Review your skills and see how they could be used in seemingly unrelated industries. Be open to a variety of employers and design categories, and keep location options as open as possible. For fine artists, keep in mind that non-profit organizations often look to hire people with your skills and education for positions such as teachers, event programmers and administrators.
Revise your resume, cover letter, and portfolio/demo reel. If not hearing back from employers is routine, updating these items is a good start. Make sure that your resume lists all of your experience and skills, detailing how your presence helped each employer. Get others to help with proofreading – there should be no typos or grammatical errors. If you are a designer, showcase your design skills while matching the tone of the industry for which you are applying. Update your portfolio or demo reel if it has not been revised recently, especially if your newest work best demonstrates your talent and skills.
Network! Studies show that the most effective way to find a job is through your network. Alert your contacts that you are looking for a job without directly asking for one. Make sure to include friends, family, and other alumni as part of your network. Attend events related to your industry or field. Gallery and museum openings, artist lectures and workshops are great networking tools for fine artists. Designers can check out organizations such as SIGGRAPH, AIGA, IDSA, IGDA, and Fashion Group International. Create an account on the professional networking site LinkedIn.com for free.
Prepare thoroughly for interviews. An interview that does not turn into an offer may be a sign that you were not fully prepared. Research the company/organization and individual(s) you are meeting with. Be prepared to talk about yourself as a potential employee, your work and why you are a good fit for their company. Research and review news about your field and key employers so that you can add to discussions during interviews.
If you have been out of school for a while, learn new skills. The more skills you have, the more marketable you are to employers. You can learn skills either through professional courses or a tutorial on your own. Review job descriptions to see if there are skills that routinely show up which you don’t have currently. (Web design and Flash are two areas for which Otis employers routinely ask.)
And remember to keep your chin up! When not working on your job search, spend free time doing things that will keep you positive and motivated.
Go to www.otis.edu/life_otis/student_life/student_affairs/resume.html and click on “Interview Booklet” to download the Otis Career Services Resource Manual to get tips on preparing for interviews, writing resumes and cover letters, and revising your portfolio/demo reel. The Career Services team is developing a comprehensive list of resources beyond what is currently on its website. You will be notified when the enhanced site is launched.
Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA)/Gallery 825 Call For Entries Deadline: May 22, 2009
Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and the City of West Hollywood are proud to announce “Out There,” a special exhibition celebrating the LGBT experience that runs during West Hollywood's Pride Month festivities.
Juror: Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Arts
Reception: Friday June 12 from 6-9pm.
Exhibition: June 11-17, 2009
Open to all Southern California Artists www.laaa.org
Brand Library Art Galleries Call for Entries Deadline: June 3, 2009.
Brand Library Art Galleries
Associates of Brand Library/Glendale Public Library
1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201
2009 "Visions from the New California" Residency Award Deadline: June 1, 2009
Six artists will be chosen to receive a one-month residency, to take place in 2010, at one of the six participating California residency programs, as well as an unrestricted $4000 stipend.
Applicants must be California residents, not students, and they must not have previously been in residence at any of the participating sites: 18th Street Arts Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Exploratorium, Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center. Additionally, applicants should have been awarded no more than one previous residency, have not had extensive solo exhibitions at galleries or museums, and have not received any major grants or fellowships for individual artists.
While artists living and working in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas are eligible, we are especially interested in identifying artists from other parts of California.
“Open Call L.A. 2009”
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Submission Day: Saturday, July 18, 9 am - 6 pm
Reception: Sunday, August 16, 2- 5 pm.
Exhibition: August 13-September 27
Eligibility: Open to all artists residing in Southern California. All entries must be original and completed since January 2007. Employees of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department are not eligible. Entry Fee: $20 per artist (Cash only at time of delivery). All proceeds to benefit the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery programs Awards: Best of Show $500 - Ten Awards of $100 each
Rules of Entry:
One artwork may be submitted by each artist – Open to any medium
Size Requirements: no dimension more than 10x10 feet x 58 inches (must fit through a 60 inch wide doorway); no dimension less than 12x 12x12 “; maximum weight 75 pounds
Insurance value maximum: $300
Installation: work must be ready to hang with rigid frames, wire & eye hooks, no alligator clips or corner clip frames. Works on paper must be framed and under glass or Plexiglas (no glass larger than 24”).
If sculpture requires a special pedestal, it must be provided by artist
Video: DVD only, 5 minute maximum with credits
Delivery of Artwork: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323-644-6269)
Saturday, July 18, 9 am to 6 pm or until 1,000 works are received in the gallery
All work is under the final approval of the Gallery Director, Curator and Chief Preparator. For complete guidelines see application form during submission day. The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.