• Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!


    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on

  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 5:00 - 6:00 pm is The Girls Room with DJ Lonesome (Jaclyn Arellano), DJ Filth (Mady Preece), DJ Duchamp’s Urinal (Carly Goldstein). In this political climate, it is finally time to take charge of our own bodies and image. No more housewife norms to determine what a woman should look like. Join us in conversation with the tools of music and noise to express what it means to be a woman. We will challenge the definitions and misconceptions about masculinity and femininity, creating a space where women can feel free to ask questions and get answers from other women.



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

If you are an alumnus and would like us to include your exhibition in this or future posts, please send information to

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