• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Image: Electronic Sound Bath

  • L: Nora Jane 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: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

  • 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.



2017 MFA Open Studios

Join us for the 2017 MFA Open Studios on Sunday, April 9th from 2-5pm, representing work by the Graduate Fine Arts, Graduate Public Practice, Graduate Graphic Design, and Graduate Writing departments at the Otis College Graduate Studios in Culver City. Come and experience work in progress from over 40 artists and writers including performances and music. Graduate Graphic Design will display work by current student and alumni from the program. The 2017 MFA Open Studios are free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available behind the studios.

Otis College's MFA programs provide rigorous, intimate, practice-based studies with a distinguished faculty. Their interdisciplinary approach to a developing artistic vision and practice equips students to thrive as an emerging professional within the regional, national, and international scenes of art, design, and writing. 

Participating artists include...

Graduate Fine Arts
Deborah Adams-Welles, Kiara Alvarado, Max Angles, Sydney Aubert, Lorenzo Baker, Robert Begley, Shirin Bolourchi, William Bryant, Elizabeth Cardman, Jocelyn Casas, Kevin Collin, Belle DuVall, Irene Flatley, Yrneh Gabon, Nathan Gulick, Wenxi Jiang, Suzanne Joskow, Alex Kay, Erick Kogler, Rosalie Le Forestier, Austyn de Lugo, Jeffrey Maurer, Lucas William McDaniel, Todd Bradford Richmond, Sabree Michelle, Emily Thorpe, Benjamin Turner, Karim Shuquem, Liang Zhang 

Graduate Public Practice 
Anna Ayeroff, Mark x Farina, Jessica Hirst, Raghubir Kintisch, Xochi Mayberry-Gaulke, Margo Mullen, Celia Rocha, Gina Valona, Lauren Vasquez

Graduate Writing 
Nicole Bradford, Chenel King, Olivia Pritzker, Krystle Statler, B.A. Williams

The Otis College Graduate Studios are located at 10455 Jefferson Blvd. Culver City CA 90232. For further information contact Matthew Carter at (310) 846-2614 or email

April 2017
MFA Open Studios
2:00PM - 5:00PM Otis College Graduate Studios
Open to the Public
Sponsored by
Graduate Fine Arts
April 2017
2017-04-09 14:00 2017-04-09 17:00
MFA Open Studios
2:00PM - 5:00PM | Otis College Graduate Studios
Graduate Studios, 10455 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Open to the Public