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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
     
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here.
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

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Paul Landacre

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Landacre ('27) has carved out a hallowed space among preeminent printmakers of the 20th century. His prints and early linocuts can be found in more than 150 active public collections nationwide, and in numerous books on American printmaking and wood engraving. His wood engravings have been included in numerous exhibitions, including the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The Silver Lake house he shared with his wife of 38 years is now designated as an Historic Building.

The land and sea of the American West, including the hills and mountains of Big Sur, Palm Springs, Monterey, and Berkeley. provided a fundamental inspiration for many of Landacre's linoleum cuts and wood engravings. His unique style included meticulously carved fine lines, delicate cross hatching, and flecking – all in white, that sharply contrast with richly blackened areas.

Landacre also taught wood engraving at USC, and Otis, and held memberships in the California Society of Etchers, California Print Makers Society, American Society of Wood Engravers, and the American Society of Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers and Woodcutters.

Landacre’s personal story is noteworthy. A promising track and field athlete at Ohio State University, Landacre was stricken with a streptococcus infection that rendered his upper body permanently and physically weakened. After graduation, he moved to the healthier climate of San Diego where he worked as a draftsman. To advance his drawing skills, Landacre relocated in 1923 to study at Otis, where he met Margaret McCreery, an advertising copywriter, and by 1925 they were married.

Feeling the call of printmaking, and eager to transition into fine art, Landacre taught himself the demanding art of carving linoleum blocks and, eventually, woodblocks for both wood engravings and woodcuts. He met and impressed Jake Zeitlin, who ran a bookshop that included a small gallery space; here Landacre had his first significant solo exhibition.