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  • Campus offices and facilities are closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

    Ahamnson Hall and Galef Center are open Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 9-6.

    Graduate Studios are open to those students who have approved access.

  • Patrons Circle Tour

    May 30| Special Event
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    Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.!

    Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene.  

    Tour includes:
    Visit to Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals

    Inside peek of Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio

  • Design Week 2015

    Jun 21| Special Event
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    OTIS’ MFA GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM HOSTS:

    Design Week June 21-27, 2015

    I AM THE CITY

     

    VISITING ARTISTS

    Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York and Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec/NYC

    www.field-experiments.com

     

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 Bacerra

Ralph Bacerra, Untitled Bowl, 2007

Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

September 26 – December 6, 2015

Exquisite Beauty is the first major exhibition and publication to survey and document the beautiful ceramic vessels and sculptures created by Ralph Bacerra. For more than fifty years, artist and ceramist Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008) consistently challenged and expanded upon ceramic traditions by appropriating cross-cultural influences and employing innovative techniques in his studio practices. Most notably, Bacerra’s contribution to the field was the development and contemporizing of the ancient skill of applying over-glaze enamels to achieve depth and richness of color and pattern. His virtuosic works demonstrate his mastery of materials, consummate craftsmanship, and his innate understanding of the holistic unity of form and surface design. By combining elaborate shapes with intricate, lavish surface decoration, Bacerra became the undisputed master of the ornamental, earning the distinction, conferred by ceramic historian Garth Clark as the “most extraordinary decorative potter of the last fifty years.”

Exquisite Beauty will include more than sixty of the greatest works of Ralph Bacerra’s long career, showcasing dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been highlighted in a major exhibition. These masterworks, along with a fully illustrated catalog, will bring into sharp focus the extraordinary creative vision of one of the key ceramic artists of our time whose oeuvre is deserving of wider recognition and appreciation.

In addition to achieving artistic excellence in the studio, Bacerra was a passionate and effective teacher in the classroom. Bacerra was head of the ceramics department at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles from 1963 to 1972 when the institute closed. He continued his teaching profession in Los Angeles at Otis School of Art (now Otis College of Art and Design) from 1983 through 1998. During that memorable year of 1998, Bacerra was granted the Outstanding Achievement award from the National Council on the Education of Ceramic Art and was appointed a fellow of the American Crafts Council in recognition of his exemplary body of work and his exceptional teaching career. Many of Bacerra’s former Chouinard and Otis students have risen to prominence and have become accomplished artists in the field, all benefiting from Bacerra’s technical virtuosity and keen design sensibility, and the appreciation of materials and skills that he passed on. The Vincent Price Art Museum is presenting a complementary exhibition entitled Crossroads in Clay at Chouinard and Otis: The Ralph Bacerra Years, September 19 - December 5, 2015, curated by Christy Johnson. These two exhibitions will be the first surveys to examine the work of artist Ralph Bacerra within a retrospective setting as well as his lasting influence on those who studied and worked with him in a group show context.

Ralph Bacerra: Exquistie Beauty
Curator: Jo Lauria, Independent Decorative Arts Curator and Scholar. Exhibition Designer: Michael Patrick Porter. Sponsors to date: Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, Lois Boardman Family Foundation, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Sue Wilson Keanne, and Lin Werner.

This project is supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance pasadena art alliance logo

Ralph Bacerra Tribute

Make your gift now to support the exhibition Exquisite Beauty: The Ceramics of Ralph Bacerra and help ensure the artistic legacy of Ralph Bacerra.