Events
  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

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

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

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Awards

 

The alumni team of Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors '08) and Kim Karlsrud (Product Design '07) were awarded the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, one of the highest honors in the U.S. art and humanities field.

Fine Arts faculty member Dorit Cypis won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Princeton Review, an influential admissions consulting and test preparation company, selected Otis among 124 U.S. institutions for their "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region/Best of the West"; the colleges are unranked. In total, 643 schools received this “regional best” designation, representing only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges.

Otis Fashion Design is #1 on the West Coast according to Fashion Schools listing of the top 10 Fashion Schools, based on academic reputation, selectivity, breadth of the program and faculty, and location

Animation Career Review ranked Otis #4 of its top 20 animation programs in the West.

BizBash.com selected the Scholarship Benefit and Fashion show as #5 in its ranking of Best Events of 2013.

Among Guggenheim Fellowship winners are faculty members Meg Cranston (Chair, Fine Arts), Jacci den Hartog, and Carole Caroompas; former faculty members Peter Voulkos and Emerson Woelffer; and alumni John Baldessari ('58), Sandow Birk ('89), Robert Irwin ('50), Dorothy Jeakins ('36), John Lees ('67 MFA), Ruben Ochoa ('97), Alison Saar ('81 MFA), and Jeffrey Vallance ('81 MFA).

MacArthur Fellows include alumni Robert Irwin, Kerry James Marshall ('78) and David Hammons ('72).

 
2011-2012 Individual Awards 

Khoi Vinh ('93)
50 Most Influential Designers in America, 2011

Berton Hasebe (’05)
Best New Visual Artist, 2012

Matt Nava (’08)
Five BAFTA Awards
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS)
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)’s ITP
Amazon’s 20 Top Games of 2012
Game City Prize
Spike Video’s Video Game Awards

Julianne Eckert (’09)
L.A. Stop Motion Film Award

Diane Gamboa (’84) and Maryrose Mendoza (’85)
L.A. Artists Fellowship Laboratory Exhibition for experimental, site-specific public artworks

Lori Choi, Emily Keifer and Rodrigo Zayas, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Honorable Mention in the L.A. Business Council’s 2012 Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Design Charrette

Catherine Hernandez, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Illuminating Engineering Society Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition

Daniel Zhang, Digital Media student
Cut&Paste LA 2012

Steve Hurd, Fine Arts faculty member
City of L.A. Individual Fellowship

Alan Nakagawa (’86) and Mario Ybarra Jr. (’99)
Mid-career Visual Artist Fellowships, City of L.A.

Jessica Silverman (’05)
30 under 30 influential arts professionals

Wendy Pham
Finalist in the Computer Graphics Student of the Year International Competition

Holly Tempo, Fine Arts faculty member
2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Dawn Baillie (’86)
Saul Bass Award, Hollywood Reporter’s annual Key Art Awards

Renee A. Fox (’02)
CBS Best Art Curators of Los Angeles

Jade Lai (’02)
2012's Top 20 Tastemakers by Surface Magazine

Alison Saar (’81 MFA)
US Artists Grant 

Raymond Zibach (’90)
Academy Award nomination for “Kung Fu Panda”

2013-2014 Individual Awards

Peter Gadol
Faculty member awarded an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Matt Nava ('08)
Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: The Brightest Young Stars in Video Games”

Kerry James Marshall ('78)
Elected to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
http://www.otis.edu/alumni/kerry-james-marshall

Farrah Karapetian Fine Arts faculty member
2013 California Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art

Suzanne Lacy, Chair, Graduate Public Practice
Tate Live video series

Juliette Bellocq, Graphic Design faculty member
Included in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual for book design

Joy Scopa Graduate Graphic Design student
2013 OUTPUT competition

Rachel Fishman Graduate Graphic Design alumna
Graphic Design USA’s annual “Students to Watch" issue

Chloe Leung (’12, Product Design)
Grand prize and people’s choice awards in the annual design competition

George Martinez and Eric Nishioka, Graphic Design students
One Club Young Ones Competition

Christopher Fong, '13 Product Design
2013 Windgate Fellow in mixed media/product design by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Meg Cranston, Fine Arts Chair and John Baldessari collaborate to create the inaugural exhibition for Michael Janssen Gallery in Singapore, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh.”

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist