• 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).


Current Newsletter

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Compiled by Annetta Kapon.


Alum JESSICA MINCKLEY ’11 had her work published in a book about contemporary illustration called DRAWN, published by Crooks Press out of Melbourne, Australia in March 2017.

Alum MARCUS VILLAGRAN ’77 is showing his work in “Abstraction" at Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY, May 15-June 18, 2017

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Marcus Villagran, Jamie Grace Davis

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Rosalie le Forestier

French artist in-residence ROSALIE LE FORESTIER performed three unique performances during open studios at ESMOA: Can we Perform Personal Feelings? On Sunday April 30, Sunday May 07, and Sunday May 21, 2017.

Otis GFA open studios took place in the Culver City Studios on Sunday April 9, 2017.

Alum JAMIE GRACE DAVIS ’14 showed her work in the Sweden Pavilion of the first Bombay Beach Biennale in Salton Sea CA from April 14-16, 2017.

Grad KARIM SHUQUEM participated in the HAUNTED MEMORIES EXHIBITION at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, curated by artist Carla Jay Harris and filmmaker Erica Mountain, from MAY 11 - JUNE 2, 2017.

Grad JOCELYN CASAS had her MFA Thesis exhibition In the Meantime, Vamos a Jugar at the Bolsky Gallery from May 1st to 7th, 2017.

Alum RANDI GANULIN is one of eight artists commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to create a piece for the 2017 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk! "Indra's Net," will be installed in time for Bumbershoot Arts Festival at Seattle Center, Labor Day weekend, and will be up for 5 months.

Grad KARIM SHUQUEM is in the SOCAL MFA exhibition at Millard Sheets Art Center in Pomona, CA from June 4 – July 1, 2016

Grad ELIZABETH MEDINA is in a three-person exhibition Let's Combobulate at JAUS Gallery from May 5 to June 10, 2017

GFA Professor TODD GRAY is in My Life in the Bush with MJ & Iggy curated by Emily Kuhlmann at MoAD in San Francisco from April 26 to August 27, 2017.

Alums from the Station Collective, TUCKER NEEL’07, MICHELLE ANDRADE ‘07, JOHN WESTON ‘07, LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA ’07 and ADAM MARS ’07 mounted a one-night exhibition on Saturday April 29, 2017.

The 20th anniversary exhibition of COLA individual artist fellowships includes GFA professors RENEE PETROPOULOS, JUDIE BAMBER, CAROLE CAROOMPAS and TODD GRAY, at LAMAG April 23 to July 2, 2017.

Alum JANET DANDRIDGE ‘16, artist-in-residence at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, presented an artist talk titled FLUIDITY on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in Paris, France.

Alum LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA ‘07 led workshops in Big City Forum: Talleres Publicos at Pacoima City Hall in Pacoima, CA on February 4, 11, 18 , 2017

Grad LIZ CARDMAN had her MFA Thesis exhibition Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, in the Bolsky Gallery from APRIL 14 – 22, 2017.

Grad SYDNEY AUBERT had her MFA Thesis exhibition Clay, Body in the Bolsky Gallery from April 24 to 28, 2017.

Visiting CERGY artist ROSALIE LE FORESTIER had a one-person exhibition I Brought my Mom’s Sculpture to Los Angeles at GFA Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON’S Proxy Gallery from April 9 to April 30, 2017.

Alum ERICA STEPHENS ’07 is showing her new paintings and sculpture in a one-person exhibition, The Serpent is Come, at Ro2 Art in Dallas, TX from April 22 to May 20, 2017.

Alum JANET JENKINS ’79 showed her work in a three-person exhibition, Tar Pits, at Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA from March 4 to April 15, 2017.

Alum SOO YUN JUN ’15 is showing her work in the group exhibition More & More in Shin Museum, Chung Ju, Korea in from March 29 till July 1, 2017.

Alum KARMA HENRY ‘10 will be part of a four woman show at the CN Gorman Museum on campus at UC Davis: Great Basin Artists from Apr 4 - Jun 16, 2017.

Alum ELIF ERKAN ’16 is part of Paroxysm of Union from April 9-22 2017 in Athens, Greece. Curated by Kunsthalle Freeport.

Alum ALEC EGAN ’13 had an exhibition Welcome Home, a site specific work at The California Heritage Museum, Santa Monica, March 18-April 21, 2017.

Directed Scores has been conceived by MFA Fine Art and Public Practice Students to be performed in conjunction with the Ana Craycroft exhibitionTuning the Room at the Ben Maltz Gallery. It was performed on April 4, 2017, by grads KIARA ALVARADO, EMILY THORPE, LUCAS MCDANIEL, SHIRIN BOLOURCHI, KARIM SHUQUEM, RAGUBIR KINTISCH, SYDNEY AUBERT, ALEX KAY, DEBORAH ADAMS-WELLES, AUSTYN DE LUGO, SUZANNE JOSKOW, HENDERSON BLUMER, GINA ROSTON, ELIZABETH CARDMAN, YRNEH BROWN, NATHAN GULICK, JOCELYN CASAS, MARK FARINA, KEVIN MAGINNIS, Professor RENÉE PETROPOULOS, and LAUREN VASQUEZ.

Grad YRNEH GABON presented “MEMBA MI TELL YU” (Listen Up, Take Note), an OPERETTA & ART EXHIBITION on April 6, 2017, with a conversation on April 8, 2017, at the Bolsky Gallery from April 4-10, 2017.

Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art Paris Cergy (ENSAPC) student ROSALIE LE FORESTIER arrived at Otis GFA on March 1 for a three-month exchange residency.

Alum TODD RICHMOND ‘16 is showing his exhibition "Dark Forrest" at TOPAZ ARTS Gallery in NY from March 4 to April 1, 2017

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 is participating in two group exhibitions: "Personal Matters" opened at El Camino College February 23, and "Echo Location” at Eastside International (EXSLA Gallery) curated by Lisa Soto. GFA professor TODD GRAY is also included in this exhibition.

Alums ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 and LILI BERNARD ‘15 are in an upcoming three-woman show “Sweet Sticky Things” from April 8th-May 6, 2017 at Launch LA in Los Angeles. HARRIS and BERNARD will also participate in a group exhibit opening in Gregorio Escalante Gallery and Zack De La Rocha Gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown titled, "Iconic: Black Panther”.

GFA Professor JUDIE BAMBER had a one-person exhibition The Old Maid And The Dead Man at GFA Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON’S Proxy Paris Gallery at the Galerie Ygrec in Paris from March 16 to April 23, 2017.

Alum MATTHEW CARTER ’10 is in a three-person exhibition Glitter Bold at Jai and Jai gallery in Los Angeles from March 4 to April 1, 2017.

Alum RACHEL WOLFE ’15 had a work (Teknovisuell Experience from Virtual Material) permanently installed in the admissions office at Otis.

Grads AUSTYN DE LUGO and ROBERT BEGLEY were selected to take a workshop at Anderson Ranch Art Center in summer 2017.

GFA Chair ROY DOWELL has a one-person exhibition Paintings at 1609 Gallery in New York, from March 1 – April 23, 2017

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Roy Dowell, Roy Dowell, Melany Meza Dierks

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Lorenzo Hurtado-Segovia, Alec Egan

Alum SUSAN HOROWITZ ’00 is in a two-person exhibition TEL AVIV: THE WHITE CITY AND BEYOND at AJRCA- Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles from February 12 to May 28, 2017.

GFA professor JUDIE BAMBER took part in the group exhibition Not I, We at Gavlak Gallery on January 28, to April 1, 2017.

Alum JEISUNG OH ’16 was awarded an artist’s residency in the south of France called “ Les ateliers des Arcs” from April to July 2017.

Alum JANET DANDRIDGE ’16 was awarded the 2017 Otis-Cergy Residency exchange and will spend three months in Paris from February to April 2017.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ’07 has work in “60 Americans II” curated by Terrence Sanders at the new Makeshift Museum in downtown Los Angeles. This group exhibit will continue touring on to New York in the Spring of 2017.

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