• 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.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.


Don't Miss These End-of-the-Year Shows

Alumni, Faculty, and Student Exhibitions are Happening All Over Los Angeles

Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

Currently at the DAC Gallery, Joint Venture features works of art created by adult artists of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) paired with undergrad students in a variety of art and design majors from Otis College of Art and Design. Joint Venture is part of an Otis College course titled 'Uniquely Abled', designed by instructor Michele Jaquis to broaden our assumptions about the limits of creativity and to offer students, faculty, and the public an opportunity to appreciate the fascinating range and quality of diverse artistic expression. The exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2017. 


Roll Call

Artist Gajin Fujita / Kidz Gone Bad, 2016 

"Sometimes artists make the best curators. And sometimes galleries organize better exhibitions than museums," praised the Los Angeles Times of Gajin Fujita's ('97 Fine Arts) Roll Call on view through January 14, 2017 at L.A. Louver. Special events include a panel discussion Neighborhood Offerings: 6 Artists on their L.A. on Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm and a Life Portraiture workshop on Saturday, January 7 at 1pm. RSVP to (310) 822-4955 or 


Jeffrey Vallance: Now more than ever.

Jeffrey Vallance, The Octopus of Life, 2016 / Courtesy of Edward Cella Art & Architecture

Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) has a one-person exhibition Now more than ever. at Edward Cella Art & Architecture. The exhibition, which is on view through December 31 has been highlighted by the Los Angeles Times and Artillery among others. 

Several Otis College artists are exhibiting in group shows:

  • Sandow Birk ('89 Fine Arts) and Fine Arts faculty Laida Lertxundi who are showing as part of Land of the Smokes: Landscapes and Los Angeles at LAST Projects gallery in Hollywood. Special events for Land of Smokes include a closing reception featuring a curated film screening by Lertxundi on January 12, 2017.  
  • Katy Cowan (’14 MFA Fine Arts) is currently in a three-person exhibition Top Heavy at Cherry and Martin gallery on view through January 14, 2017.
  • Chris Oatey (’06 MFA Fine Arts) is showing in the group exhibition Abundant, Bountiful, and Beautiful at the Long Beach Museum of Art through March 19, 2017.
  • Shiva Aliabadi's (’14 MFA Fine Arts)  work is included in British Invasion at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA through January 22, 2017.


Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Untitled (Studio) 2014 © Kerry James Marshall / Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Live in New York City? Make sure to see Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at The Met Breuer before it ends on January 29, 2017.  The exhibition, which continues to receive critical acclaim, will end its three-city tour in Los Angeles in March 2017

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