• 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).


34th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Apparel News

Rosemary Brantley, Jenni Kayne and Joie Honored at 34th Annual Otis Gala
By Alison A. Nieder, Apparel News

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

At the most recent event, on May 7, 750 guests gathered in the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills to celebrate the work of Otis juniors and seniors under the direction of Brantley, who is retiring from her position as founding chair of Otis’ Fashion Design program.

Bruce W. Ferguson, president of Otis College of Art and Design, welcomed the crowd—“Hello, you beautiful people”—before snapping a selfie with the guests to send to his mother to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

Ferguson said he was looking forward to this fall, when the fashion design students join the rest of the Otis students at the school’s newly expanded campus in Los Angeles’ Westchester neighborhood.

College Magazine recently ranked Otis’ Fashion Design program as first in the nation and The Economist ranked Otis College sixth in the nation for “added value to a student’s potential income,” said MGM Studios executive Shelley Reid, who served as benefit cochair with Cathy Louchheim.

“Many of these achievements would not have happened if not for your support,” Reid said.

The evening also honored Los Angeles designer Jenni Kayne with the Style Icon award and Los Angeles label Joie with the Design Innovation award.

“My mom, who’s here tonight, used to bring me to this event as a little girl,” Kayne said. The designer is an Otis alumna, as is her head of design, Laurie Deakers. “Otis has been essential to building my brand,” Kayne said.

Similarly, Joie Vice President of Design Rachel Wilder-Hill, who accepted the Design Innovation award on behalf of the contemporary brand, said, “More than half of my design team are graduates of Otis.”

The task of honoring Brantley fell to a group of Fashion Design program alumni, including swimwear designer Rod Beattie, J Brand designer Angela Furlong, Joie designer Azadeh “Ozz” Nooryani, Barbie Entertainment art director Renata Marchand, Maxstudio designer Ame Austen Max, interior designer Kenn Gray, and M.I. Five designer and product developer Arthur Alexander Thammavong.

Beattie described Brantley as his “design mother” and “my biggest supporter.”

Designer Bob Mackie has been a mentor to Otis students since the very beginning, recalling when he got a call from an unknown but “very energetic woman”—Brantley—asking if he would mentor Otis fashion design students.

“On the first day I fell in love with this amazing force of nature,” he said.

Mackie also urged the crowd to contribute to a new scholarship, the Rosemary Brantley Endowed Scholarship Fund. “It’s not for Rose to come back to school,” the designer quipped.

When Brantley took the stage—in a dramatic floor-length tailored white shirt­—she compared her job at Otis to being the “leader of a creative orchestra.”

“It’s been an indescribable joy working with these very creative people,” she said. “The pleasure has been all mine.”

Brantley then introduced a runway presentation featuring more than 120 designs created by Otis juniors and seniors under the direction of several mentors, including Mackie and Todd Oldham, as well as designers from Uniqlo, Prairie Underground, Joie, Nanette Lepore, Lucky Brand, Amuse Society, Blu Pony Vintage, Michi, Perry Ellis and J Brand.

The students working with Oldham created a collection of stylish and functional clothing to wear while commuting by bicycle in Los Angeles. The project was part of a partnership between Otis and Metropolitan Transportation Authority of Los Angeles.



Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist