• 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.


L.A. Arts Retreats

A special week-long opportunity for artists and makers to learn from master artists while focusing on their personal work. The retreats include Otis College residence hall housing, meals, instruction, guest speakers, bus transportation, and field trip admissions. A reduced fee is available for commuters.

Early Bird Discount through May 21st - $100 off tuition fee!

Please click on titles to register, to review the full course description and costs, and to view additional details including field trips.

Book Arts
June 18–June 24, 2017

This program explores book design and materials, content development and image making, printing processes and media integration. Related investigative and exploratory printing and typographic techniques will also be covered. Guest speakers include writer / performance artist Jacqueline Suskin and Carolee Campbell, publisher of Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Lead Instructor: Rebecca Chamlee is a graphic designer, printer, writer, and bookbinder who has published innovatively designed, letterpress printed, and hand-bound limited edition fine press and artists books under the imprint of Pie in the Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely.

Elise Preiss Enamel
June 4–June 10, 2017

Enamel is the fusing of a layer of glass to metal, and commercial and custom decals allow the permanent transfer of imagery to an enameled piece in a short time. In this workshop students will transfer images, text, or pattern to enameled surfaces using water slide decals. Students will take home multiple enameled pieces ready to be transformed into wearable ornaments or small objects, and at least two finished pieces will be completed during the workshop.

Lead Instructor: Originally from France, Elise Preiss holds an MFA with an emphasis in metal from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her work has increasingly gained recognition and awards including the Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award from CSULB in 2012, and first place in the Jewelry category during Alchemy2, the Enamellist Society conference in Covington, KY.

Meredith Strauss Shibori shawl
June 4–June 10, 2017

Shibori is the Japanese art of creating patterns by binding, stitching, folding and twisting fabric during the dyeing process. Students create intricate patterns by using many different resist techniques on both cotton and silk. Permanent colors are achieved through the use of fiber reactive, acid dyes, and synthetic indigo for both vat dyeing and dye painting. With the instruction of textile design artist Meredith Strauss, students complete several scarves with various degrees of complexity. The invited guest speaker is Rebecca Hall, Textile Historian, who will discuss The Art of the Cloth Banner in Buddhist Asia.

Lead Instructor: L.A. based artist Meredith Strauss has 40 years of weaving and dyeing experience. Her large-scale off-loom pieces are placed in numerous corporate and private collections, and she has exhibited internationally. In addition to teaching, most recently in Bangkok, Meredith produces a line of shibori scarves and caftans sold in boutiques in the U.S. and abroad. The most recent exhibition of her work was at the 10th International Shibori Symposium Exhibition in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2016.

Chris Francis
June 4–June 10, 2017

Join L.A. based shoe designer and maker Chris Francis for this introduction to shoemaking. Students will learn how to make shoes by hand, using simple tools and traditional techniques. Workshops focus on the structural mechanics of making women’s high heels from pattern to finish.

Lead Instructor: The shoe designs of Chris Francis bridge both the fashion and art world. Cultural inspiration, humor, color, and a versatile range of materials are all characteristic of Francis’ work as well as strong silhouette, sharp lines, and simplicity. He often describes his creations as wearable art and fashionable architecture. Shoes designed by Francis are worn regularly by celebrities and musicians, and have been featured in publications such as Vogue Magazine, Metropolis, and Ornament Magazine. He has exhibited at Palm Springs Art Museum and Architecture and Design Museum (Los Angeles), and has held solo exhibitions at the Craft and Folk Art Museum and Museum of Art and History (Lancaster).

Kim Troyer painting
June 18–June 24, 2017

This studio workshop provides figurative artists with a special opportunity to refine their skills and develop their conceptual abilities. Through intensive and focused studio work, demonstrations, discussion, and critique, student artists will focus on their own creative work, develop new ideas, and hone their skills.

The Professor SDWS
June 4–June 10, 2017

This program provides a Southern California context for watercolorists. Geared for all levels, topics include approaches to landscape, botanicals, figure, portraiture, and contemporary art. Highlights include demonstrations and instruction by Southern California based artists.

Lead Instructor: Students will be expertly guided by Deborah Swan McDonald, an exhibiting fine artist and a juried member of Watercolor West.

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