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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Past Scholarship Benefit Mentors

2016

Bob Mackie
Todd Oldham for MTA
Joie
JBrand
Prairie Underground
Michael Maccari for Perry Ellis
Lucky Brand
Nanette Lepore
Uniqlo
Amuse Society
MICHI
Blu Pony Vintage

2015

Bob Mackie
Trina Turk
Zaid Affas
Lane Bryant
Morgane Le Faye
Mary Jo Bruno
Urban Outfitters
Isobella & Chloe
Quiksilver * DC * Roxy
Anne Cole
PacSun

2014

Amé Austin ('95) for Max Studio
Christina Kim for Dosa;
Rod Beattie ('86) for Bleu
Mattel Barbie
David Meister
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
NIKE
Under Armour
Robert Tuggle ('87) for Eddie Bauer
Johnny Was
Todd Oldham
Western Costume

2013

Billabong
Mary Jo Bruno
Disney
EleVen by Venus Williams
Marie Mazelis for Halston with Humane Society
Bob Mackie
Claire Pettibone (‘89)
Heather Brown (‘04) for Urban Outfitters
Cynthia Vincent (‘88)
Betsy Heimann for Western Costume
Christopher Wicks

2012

Anthropologie
Michael Maccari of Armani Exchange
Bleu/Rod Beattie (’86)
Dominique Lemieux for Cirque du Soleil
David Meister
MaxStudio/Amé Austin Max (’95)
Liliana Casabal of Morgane Le Fay
Scott Williams (’90) for NIKE
Red Carter (’92)
Karen Stewart of Stewart + Brown
Todd Oldham

2011

Bleu/Rod Beattie (‘86)
Bob Mackie
Cynthia Rowley
Diesel
Forever21
Hurley and NIKE
Juicy Couture
Kaufman Franco
MAX AZRIA
Max Studio
Old Navy
Sean Jean

2010

Anthropologie
Michael Maccari for Armani Exchange
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
John Cherpas for Hurley
Todd Oldham
Isabel and Ruben Toledo with Patagonia
Robin Piccone with JonMikel
Rodriguez for O’Neill
Lilly Pulitzer
Robert Rodriguez
Koi Suwannagate
Tadashi Shoji for Tadashi
Trina Turk with Lycra

2009

Natalie Chanin for Alabama Chanin
Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders
Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka
Monique Lhuillier
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Max Azria for BCBGMAXAZRIA
Fawn Arthur for Ed Hardy Swimwear
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
Todd Oldham
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
David Meister
Robert Comstock
Robin Piccone Swimwear
Todd Oldham
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Anthropologie
Hurley

2008

Johnson Hartig of Libertine
John Varvatos for Converse
Monique Lhuillier
Trina Turk
Leon Max
Ivy Ross for Disney Store
Abercrombie & Fitch
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
L. Koplin/J. Rodolfo for Tommy Bahama
Marcus Brown for Nordstrom
Roger Wyett/Todd Van Horne/Devon Burt for Nike
Melanie Owen for Roxy

2007

Armani Exchange
Max Azria for BCBGMAXAZRIA
Project Alabama
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein
Behnaz Sarafpour
Bob Mackie
Billabong
Red Carter
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Julie Ann Silverman for Betsy Johnson
Christopher Enuke
Wanda Weller for Patagonia
Juicy Couture

2006

Abercrombie & Fitch
Dominique Lemieux for Cirque Du Soleil
Isabel Toledo
Andrew Dibben for James Perse
John Varvatos
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Lloyd Klein
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Nicole Miller
Barbara Sumner/Scott Williams for NIKE
Gareth Morris/Kathy Kalligas for PacSun
Doreen Brennan for Speedo-Axcelerate
Trina Turk
Summer Rapp for Volcom
Yeohlee Teng for Yeohlee

2005

Banana Republic
Rebecca Virture for Becca Swimwear
Bob Mackie
Cosabella
David Cardona
David Meister
Eduardo Lucero
Jade Howe for Howe
John Varvatos
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Michelle Mason
Patagonia
Sheri Bodell
North Face
Vera Wang

2004

Cassidy Park for Mattel Barbie
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
David Meister
Disney Consumer Prod (John Fiscella)
Tanya Sarne for Ghost
Henry Duarte
Isabel Toledo w/Victoria Vesna of UCLA
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Michelle Mason
Rebecca Kaufman for Nike Goddess
Nat Norfleet for Ocean Pacific (OP)
Rozae Nichols
Sean John (Scott Langton)
Target (Michael Alexin)
Summer Rapp/Derrik Sabori, Volcom

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