• 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).


L.A. Summer Residency Launches at Otis College

Inaugural Program Welcomes 40 Artists and Designers

On June 4, 40 artists and designers will begin a month-long art and design residency at Otis College of Art and Design. The immersive program seeks to deepen their practice and connect them to the artists, curators, and critics that make Los Angeles a leading global creative community. As a uniting theme for the residency, Bruce W. Ferguson, author, curator, and current president of Otis College, has suggested the theme, The Imaginative Map of Urgency, asking the residency to examine the role of the artist and designer as a catalyst for change: 

"The summer residency will not only offer working artists a chance to enter into one of the most exciting artistic environments on the globe today--L.A. and its institutions and contemporary practitioners, curators, and critics--but also a chance to think with others about how art can become urgent. We believe always that art is important and is always the final measure of civilizations but with new technologies of communication and unrivaled knowledge about history it seems even more relevant today to address the tension that exists between the forms of information that are conveyed within and by works of art and the stressed environment of reception that they enter. Residents will be able to continue to develop their own work but in a social and pedagogical atmosphere in discussion with other professionals and institutional representatives who themselves are dealing with the same sharp issues." 

To provide feedback and reflection are mentor artists and curators Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Meg Cranston, artist and Chair of Fine Arts, Otis College; Sam Durant, multimedia artist; Rita Gonzalez, Curator and Acting Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Suzanne Isken, Executive Director, Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum; Jo Lauria, author and curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Shamim M. Momin, Director, Curator, and Co-Founder, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND); Aram Moshayedi, curator, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Eve Schillo, curatorial assistant, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); and Jennifer Steinkamp, video and new media installation artist. 

Four keynote speakers will each offer a different exploration of how and why art can be urgent. 

  • Otis College president Bruce W. Ferguson will look into the familial relation between art and artifacts and language in his Double Trouble lecture.
  • In Artist Unknown Oliver Wasow will discuss his complicated relationship with new technologies, social media, authorship, ownership, irony, and his on-going, unsatisfied search for creative conviction. 
  • Jeffrey Stewart will present a film screening of I Am Not Your Negro delving into the complex legacy of the lives (and deaths) of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. 
  • Curator Dan Cameron will share his experience in how a vibrant artist community helped rebuild a city in Prospect New Orleans: A Case Study in Art and Crisis

The keynote lectures are all free and open to the public, for dates and times visit 

The 2017 resident artists and designers are from seven countries, fifteen U.S. states, and from cities across the country such as San Francisco, Brooklyn, Toledo, Albuquerque, and New Orleans. In addition to special programming, guided tours, and workshops, residents will work in the areas such as digital media, painting, photography, 3D printing, printmaking, ceramics, and wood and metal work.


To learn more about the L.A. Summer Residency, visit




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