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  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures

    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230


    CULVER CITY, CA 90232
  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures

    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Paradise Garage.

    Thursday, October 9th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

  • Jennifer Moon

    Oct 14| Lectures

    Artist, Adventurer, and Revolutionary 

    Phoenix Rising, Part 2: Eros vs. Agape is on view now in Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum through Sept. 7th! 

    The Otis Alumni Council invites you to a reception and artist talk with alumnus Sandow Birk (’89) hosted by Council member Eleana Del Rio (’89) at her art gallery.

    Sandow Birk: American Qur’an  is the final exhibition culminating a nine-year project to create an illuminated manuscript of the Holy Qur’an. Birk will discuss this series and his career with art historian, art critic and Otis faculty member Dr. Jeanne Willette.



Integrated Learning Studio

Integrated Learning Studio
An upper-division interdisciplinary studio course offering unique core content that shifts from term to term. This studio affords students the opportunity to engage with professionals from various fields and expand their notion of problem solving beyond their major in public site realworld challenges. A limited choice of ILMS300 courses will count for the Sustainability Minor. Please see the Interdisciplinary Studies Director.
Examples of previous and planned
ILMS 300 courses:
Ban the Bottle Abolish the Bag
Students learn ways to reduce plastic pollution in oceans, starting by conducting research on the impact plastic trash has on our local oceans, wildlife, and communities. They will then work in multidisciplinary teams to develop proposals to educate and encourage the reduction, reuse, and refusal of plastic bags, bottles, and containers.
Mobile Local: LA’s Food Truck Revolution
Mobile Local will focus on issues of social sustainability and cultural inuence through systemic under- standing of Los Angeles and its unique pedestrian culture. Qualitative, ethnographic research techniques, interviews, site visits, and eating will be used as primary research methods. 
Comic Heroes: From 2–D to 3–D
This class is an exploration of comics and their 3–D counterparts. Students’ work in the course could result in an intriguing marketing promotion or perhaps a “final product,” which could range from a virtual world, to an action figure, a digital game, or even a user-created and edited website.
Partner: Top Cow / Hero Initiative
Student teams learn about FM, AM, and Internet radio production, producing content that reports, engages, and rediscovers the Westchester community. Students gain hands-on experience in the audio production studios at both Otis and Loyola Marymount University (LMU), while learning to listen, record, and edit the sound around them. In class, students will produce a creative, fun, and informative radio show to be available online at Otis and rebroadcast on the LMU radio stations. Partners: KXLU, KLMU
Community Crossover: Identity-Based Projects in the Public Realm
Conceptualize and produce art and design interventions in collaboration with partners Breathe LA. Research their rich history, identify core values, and help to convey their unique character to intended audiences. Outcomes may include digital and graphic media campaigns, unique product development, physical space alterations, or experiential events and exhibitions. Partner: Breathe LA
Neighborgapbridge: Changing the World, One Neighborhood at a Time
Can artists and designers collaborate and assume the role of ethnographers to investigate our Otis neighbors? Can they identify “gaps” in communication, interests, and values, and propose ”bridges” to connect them? Creative. Blue Sky. Out There. Walking Distance. Elementary School, and The Custom Hotel
Otis Goes Green—Global Green USA
This course provides art and design students with the knowledge and tools needed to make ecodesign an integral part of the design process. Students in this course will have an opportunity to help Otis become Green, discuss Green Design with top Green Designers, and attend a Green Design Show. Partner: Global Green International 
Made for Kids: Childhook Learning and Development Studio
Otis students from all departments will develop tools, toys, clothing, and learning spaces for the students and faculty of a local elementary school. Collaboration with Catastrophe: Disaster Design Are we ready for the unexpected? If the Big One or another catastrophe hits Los Angeles tomorrow, how can artists and designers help to mitigate the crisis and participate in the rebuilding of the city? Results will range from preventative design, to survival design, to design for a postcatastrophic future. Partner: City of El Segundo 
Junior Blind
Multidisciplinary student groups engage in research and exercises, interacting with the students of Junior Blind and working blind artists, in an attempt to understand what it is to be visually impaired or blind. Art and design projects will be developed from collaborative “visually impaired” experiences to enable and enhance the creativity and imagination of the students at Junior Blind and to encourage Otis students to rethink the ways in which the nonvisual world engages with art and design disciplines.
Design Challenge: Ningbo, China
Students will learn about bamboo in an integrated context. Industrial: growing, harvesting, processing, physical properties, and sustainable attributes. Design: develop a toy that is in compliance with regulatory product safety laws, and of course, “fun.” Practicum: students will attend a monthlong “Bamboo Workshop” near Ningbo, China. Each student will design and fabricate a toy made of bamboo. **This course will take place every other Monday during the spring semester, with one month in China during the summer.
Design for Social Impact:
Students will be introduced to the complexities of social design leadership and will be taught to design local product systems that can be validated and scaled to fit different contexts. Engaging directly with local communities in need, students will conduct hands-on research and develop actionable social design strategies, with an emphasis on systems and tools. Partner: Urban Compass.