Events
  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Otis Alumni and Faculty Entrepreneurs

Support Otis alumni and faculty entrepreneurs! The list below provides information on retail stores and galleries owned by alumni, and websites where alumni and faculty designed products can be purchased.

 

Galleries/Boutiques

Robert Gunderman ('88)
ACME. L.A.

Jacob Rhodes
Field Projects, N.Y.

Jade Lai
Creatures of Comfort, L.A. and N.Y.

Robert Apodaca ('03)
Fifth Floor Gallery, L.A.

Eleana del Rio ('89)
Koplin del Rio, L.A.

Wanda Weller ('88)
Modern Folk Living, Ojai

Carla Decker ('93)
Plastica, L.A.

Eric Kermanikian ('00 MFA)
Western Project, L.A.

 

 

 

Jewelry/Accessories

Abigail Cosio ('07)
Bedford Falls Headwear

Nancy Newberg ('84)
Nancy Newberg Jewelry

Apollo Crowe ('07)
SnapLNX

Amanda Thomas ('10)
Luv AJ

Rachel Mastre ('04)
Kokoro Kara Jewelry

Jody Rollins ('05)
Yellow 108

Isis Jara ('10)
Senesence

Therese Kochakji ('07)
Finger-Bracelets

Sonia Boyajian ('01)
Sonia Boyajian

Lillian Shalom (’07)
Lillian Shalom

   
Fashion Design

Rebecca Virtue ('90)
BECCA by Rebecca Virtue (swimwear)

Deborah Sabet ('05)
District Homme (custom menswear)

Consuelo Asper ('01)
Wingswear

Rod Beattie ('86)
Bleu by Rod Beattie (swimwear)

Michelle Wenke & Megan George ('04)
Monrow

Cynthia Vincent ('88)
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

Maya Reynolds ('07)
Clade (L.A. boutique)

Red Carter ('92)
Red Carter Swimwear

Paul Nguyen ('96)
Fore!! Axel & Hudson

Jessica Elrod (Allen) ('06)
Cavelle Kids

Meleina Mayhew ('00)
Sugar Pants

Heather Goldberg ('09)
Haber

Claire Pettibone ('89)
Claire Pettibone

Louiza Babouryan ('98)
Louiza Babouryan

Jenni Kayne ('01)
Jenni Kayne

Design Products

Blaine Fontana ('02)
Fontana Studios

Ashkahn Shahparnia ('06)
www.ashkahn.com/
(also available at MOCA, Hammer Museum)

Tim Biskup ('88)
store.timbiskup.com/

Bianca D'Amico ('05)
Chaparral Studio

Charles Carroll ('09)
Clean Aesthetic

Leslie Ross-Robertson (CE faculty)
Modern Optic (stationery and prints)

Kristen Erickson (’03)
www.kris10erickson.com

Leigh Kivowitz Spencer ('99)
Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker

Tula Pink ('02)
www.tulapink.com/

Camille Rose Garcia ('92)
Camille Rose Garcia Store

Jeremy Madl ('00)
Mad Toy Design

Nate Mitchell ('04)
Squid Kids Ink

Jessica Chrysler (’08)
Jessica Chrysler
(Design objects and illustrated books)

Lishu and Leonardo Rodriguez (’01)
El Dot Designs

Tanya Aguiñiga (Product Design faculty member)
www.aguinigadesign.com
(also available at many museum stores)

David Billings (’88)
Dogleg Right

Haley Robinson ('08)
www.haleyannrobinson.com/

Jenn Romero ('08)
Unurth

Lorna Turner (CE faculty)
cards available at YOLK

Erin Adams ('87)
Brainworks Home

Melanie Abrantes ('12)
Melanie Abrantes Designs

Ingred Sidie (’89)
God Hates Goods
(A portion of all proceeds from God Hates Goods goes to human rights.)

Dick Termes
Termespheres

 

 

 

Books

Ben Maltz Gallery Publications

Rebecca Chamlee ('85) Faculty member, Communication Arts
Pie in the Sky Press (handbound letterpress books)

Barbara Maloutas ('02 MFA) Associate Chair, Communication Arts (poetry)
In a Combination of Practices

Sandow Birk ('89)
Dante's Divine Comedy

Annie Buckley (’03 MFA)
The Kids Yoga Deck

Sarah Perry ('83)
If… (childrens)

Ian Falconer ('83)
Olivia series (childrens)

Aaron Clark ('08)
The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime
And other Crime Fiction

Seismicity Editions
(Otis Graduate Writing Publications)

Michele Houston (’96)
The Wonderful Healing Leaves

Hideko Takahashi ('94)
Children's Books

Cole Moss ('11)
Unicorn Being a Jerk/Why Unicorn Drinks

Sam Watters ('02 MFA)
Books on historical homes and gardens

Gerald Lange (CE faculty)
The Bieler Press (Chapbooks, woodcuts, artists books)

Robert Cabeen (’73)
Fearworms: Selected Poems

 

 

 

Edibles

Laura Magardechian ('12)
Chubby Cheek Cakes (custom cakes)

Paul Wackym ('85)
Wackym's Kitchen (cookies/treats)