• Sitting in Sound

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

    Jul 15| Special Event

    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).


E-Portfolio Excellence Award

OUR 2017

These O-Space Learning ePortfolios tell each student's unique Otis College story!

2016/2017 Learning ePortfolio Award Winners

  • There were 34 submissions!

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Submission Deadline for Spring 2018:

March 16, 2018

Award Submission Instructions:

  1. Log into O-Space
  2. Go to "My Communities" and select "FIND"
  3. Search for Otis ePortfolio Excellence Award Group
  4. Select "View"
  5. Select "Enroll"
  6. Submit your entire Learning e-Portfolio to the Excellence Award 2018.

Submission instructions to upload Learning e-Portfolio. 

Award Description:

Transcripts, resumes, and professional e-portfolios aren’t the only way to present a record of college learning and experiences. The Otis College Learning ePortfolio Excellence Award encourages students to think deliberately about how their e-portfolio can best demonstrate the value of their education.
E-Portfolios will be recognized based on the quality of students’ presentation of their academic, co-curricular, personal learning experiences, and accomplishments along with the e-portfolios’ creativity and individuality as showcased on the O-Space ePortfolio platform. The award celebrates learning and the successful integration of academics, student life, and technology. It challenges students to develop and personalize their portfolios in unique ways. 


  • Grand Prize Winner at the Junior/Senior level: $300
  • Excellence Award at the Sophomore/Foundation level: $200
  • Honorable Mention: $100

+ All winners will be showcased on the Otis College website and receive a badge for publication on their Learning ePortfolio. Winners will also be acknowledged during the Otis College Awards Banquet in April.

Submission Criteria:

Before submitting, make sure to:

  • Include Academic Coursework, Co-Curricular Activities, and Personal Accomplishments at Otis College whenever possible
  • Delete blank or unused pages
  • Caption media so audience has context (who created + what it is + why on page)
  • Format text for readability

Judging Criteria:

Learning ePortfolios will be judged based on excellence in showcasing Academic, Co-Curricular and Personal Accomplishments:
  • Inclusion of Academic Coursework
  • Posting Involvement in Student Life at Otis College 
  • Effectively Using ePortfolio Technology
  • Showcases Creativity and Individuality
  • Includes Quality Reflections Documenting Learning Experience
  • E-Portfolio Sets a Good Example for Other Students

Award Recipients will be selected by April 1, 2018 


The  e-Portfolio Award Committee includes peer mentor students as well as staff and faculty from:

  • Artists, Community, and Teaching
  • Communication Arts
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Library
  • Provost
  • Student Housing

    Congratulate Last Year's Winners!

    2015/2016 Learning ePortfolio Award Winners


    Otis College is indepted to G. Alex Ambrose, Ph.D., Associate Program Director of the Notre Dame ePortfolio Engagement Program and Professor of Practice & Institute for Educational Initiatives Fellow at the Kaneb Center for Teaching & Learning at University of Notre Dame for their pioneering work in the area of e-Portfolio Excellence Awards. With permission, we adapted some of their language and ideas for this Otis College project.

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