• Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • 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. 

  • 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).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.


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:
  • Inlcusion 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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