Events
  • 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.

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Artbound Weighs in on the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Reflecting on the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
By Wendy Gilmartin

The Otis College of Art and Design's "Otis Report of the Creative Economy" was published this week and presented in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, among a cultured crowd on hand. Trustees and board members from area art institutions, artists, and art boosters gathered to hear the news about the state of the creative economy in Los Angeles and its surrounding region. Others, including artist and muralist (and Otis alum) Kent Twitchell, architects Steven Ehrlich and Fred Fisher were in attendance specifically to hear keynote speaker, and 2001 Nobel-prize winning economist, Dr. Joseph Stiglitz.

Stiglitz -- who coined the term “the one percent” -- began with a simple question, “When we move into a knowledge economy and innovation economy,” he said, “Will these new economies be able to produce jobs for our young people as they join the labor force?”

With the 2015 Report, Otis and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's (LAEDC) Institute of Applied Economics made the argument that in fact L.A. is doing just that. The report contains data on wage and profit trends, growth rates for each field of artistic pursuit, and year-to-year comparisons of growth from a wide group of creative sectors including; entertainment, digital media, architecture and engineering, fashion, arts education and publishing and printing. Opening speaker Bruce Ferguson, president of Otis College of Art and Design, noted the report's growing power in each successive year (this is the report's 9th edition) as an advocacy tool for arts groups, to develop policies in arts education and increase resources at the local to state level for nonprofit arts organizations. He went on to say several smaller regional and even international municipalities had adopted this type of compiled research to help secure funds in their communities.

The report portrays a picture of L.A.'s creatives and their work as a group of businesses. This year's report added publishing and printing into the fray. Robert Kleinhenz of LAEDC asserted, “L.A. is the creative capital of America,” siting the proportion of L.A.'s creative jobs to the total number of overall of jobs in the region, compared to New York. (L.A.'s is 8.4 percent and New York's is 5.4 percent). The report also suggests that L.A.'s creative jobs are quite sustainable too. Though there was less presented about the security and stability of creative jobs, the year-to-year trends did show that work in creative industries is definitely on an uptick (the report shows architects in Los Angeles making a median income of around $81,080 and fashion designers around $67,080, for example).

Stiglitz, the event's keynote speaker, and one-time advisor to presidents, pivoted his talk towards our inequality gap in the U.S. -- the topic du jour for so many presidential candidates and talk shows of late. First, Stiglitz outlined how he, as an economist, describes inequality: He outlined the differences in comparing median household income ($53,657 in 2014) vs. individual wealth -- stating that although median incomes seem to be stable, the benefits of personal wealth and knowledge of taxes, access to bargaining power, and other easily attainable loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy in the U.S. have widened the gap to ever more extreme polarities. Stiglitz said to the audience at one point that, in the U.S., “Your single most important decision in life is to choose the right parents.” The comment was met with uneasy laughter, the current political presidential battle seemingly weighing heavy on everyone's minds.

 

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