Events
  • 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.

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Annenberg Scholarship Established

Media contact: 
Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 Marc D. Meredith, marcm@otis.edu, (310) 665-6820 
 

Wallis Annenberg Scholarship Established 12/07

WALLIS ANNENBERG $125,000 SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED
Largest single scholarship award in College’s history


Los Angeles, Calif. (December 18, 2007) – – Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation have awarded $125,000 to Otis College of Art and Design to present one exceptionally artistic and academically outstanding individual with a complete, four-year scholarship to study art and design at Otis.


In Fall 2007, Marc Meredith, Otis’ Dean of Admissions, began working closely with Admissions Counselors to identify outstanding students, and instituted an extensive interview process with potential candidates. The scholarship recipient will be announced in Fall 2008.
The scholarship will be named after Wallis Annenberg. As Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by expanding educational opportunities; supporting arts and cultural institutions; funding cutting edge technology and communications; funding medical research and education; and advancing environmental stewardship. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Wallis is the recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Southern California.


The Wallis Annenberg Scholarship is a significant award, as it allows the College to present a full, four-year scholarship of such great value for the first time in 90 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everybody at Otis,” says Meredith. “Bringing in a student leader has positive and very visible ripple effects. The student challenges others to think, act, and create differently. Most noticeably, the competition elevates and strengthens the quality of everyone’s work.” The Annenberg gift is a major step in the $8 million Otis Scholarship Campaign, a, five-year initiative that will provide merit-and needs-based scholarships to the best and brightest students from around the world.


Few other educational institutions have left such a distinctive mark on Southern California as Otis College of Art and Design. Vital and energetic, Otis’ effect on visual artists and influence on contemporary art movements in Los Angeles cannot be overstated. The Annenberg Scholarship recipient will join Otis alumni and iconic California artists such as John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ken Price who attended Otis in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Alumni from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Bryan Hunt, Barry Le Va, Roberto Gil de Montes, Masamai Teraoka, Bruce Yonemoto and MacArthur Prize-winner Kerry James Marshall set the stage for a host of cutting-edge contemporary artists to explore the landscape of popular culture. Recent graduates such as Alison Saar, Sandow Birk, Gajin Fujita, Patssi Valdez, and Jeffrey Vallance exhibit their cross-cultural work locally, nationally, and internationally, demonstrating both the diversity and impact of the College.

 

About The Annenberg Foundation
Established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Foundation exists to advance the public wellbeing through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org. 

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist