• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event

    Image: Electronic Sound Bath

  • L: Nora Jane 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: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition

    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

    Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community-based social art practices in the Americas. Talking to Action is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

  • 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.


Students Featured in New Otis College Campaign

Natasha Carovska ('17 Digital Media) and Niambi Allah ('19 Toy Design) Highlighted

As the college continues to roll-out updates to the main campus, one of the newest features provides an opportunity to spotlight artwork from the Otis College community. New banners on the campus and Lincoln Boulevard create more spaces to highlight student work. 

The first of these banners show Niambi Allah ('19 Toy Design) and Natasha Carovska ('17 Digital Media) in action, working on class projects. We caught up with the two designers to find out more.

Niambi Allah was born in Maryland and moved to the Bay Area when she was nine. The Toy Design sophomore has been working to expand her personal doll collection, focusing on the clothes. After that, Allah plans to "...take the necessary steps towards my next milestone."  

Current digital media senior, Natasha Carovska (working in clay) was born and raised in Los Angeles and also has a deep connection to her ethnic Macedonian roots. Both of her parents were born and grew up in Kukurecani, Macedonia.

Carovska is currently working on a live-action fairytale for her thesis. In addition to writing the script, she has been busy creating the visual concepts for the costumes, props, and set design. "This year has been extremely busy for me, but I've also had the most fun," says the designer. With graduation on the horizon, Carovska is planning ahead, "I am hoping to work in a film studio somewhere developing visual and narrative content. Fingers crossed!"

Natasha props

Props from Natasha's thesis, courtesy of the designer. 

From the new banners to the main website redesign coming in the fall, the focus on providing more opportunities to showcase students and their projects is a central component in the new branding of the college. “The new brand system is a living, moving, breathing entity. It’s conscious of the people who are going to be engaging with it. It considers interactivity, and it is anything but stationary; that’s what makes it super exciting,” says Kali Nikitas, chair of the communication arts and MFA graphic design programs at Otis College. “We were known by the circle—the ‘O’—and now we’ll have the rectangle. That rectangle is going to allow us to incorporate imagery, and to really make the brand identity a lot more active.”

Check out this new video of highlights across the campus. 

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