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  • Silke Otto-Knapp is a painter and associate professor of painting and drawing at UCLA. 
     
    She has had recent one-person exhibitions at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin; the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive; Greengrassi, London; Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London; Kunstverein Munich, Germany; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; the Banff Centre, Canada; Modern Art Oxford, UK; and Tate Britain, London.
     
  • Sergej Jensen

    Mar 31| Lectures
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    Sergej Jensen’s work draws on a wide range of materials and formal references. Primarily known for his textile works, his lyrical compositions incorporate a variety of fabrics, from burlap and linen to silk and wool.
     
    He recently exhibited his work in the show "Classic" at Regen Projects, and his work is also included in LACMA's show "Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting.”
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  • Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department presents the film collaborative from Berlin OJOBOCA.

     

    Thursday April 2nd, 2015
    7pm in Ahmanson Hall, lower-level screening room.
    9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

     

  • Chen Tamir is a distinguished Israeli curator and art writer based in Tel Aviv, where she works at the Center for Contemporary Art. She was listed by Artslant as one of 15 curators to watch in 2015. Until recently she was based in New York working as an independent curator and also as Executive Director of Flux Factory, a non-profit arts center in Queens, NY, where she founded an acclaimed residency program and set up a thriving institution. Chen holds an M.A. from Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.F.A. in Visual Art from York University.

  • Rea Tajiri

    Apr 07| Lectures
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    Rea Tajiri is a New York based filmmaker and educator who has written and directed an eclectic body of dramatic, experimental, and documentary films currently in commercial and educational distribution. She is also an Associate Professor at Temple University in the Film Media Arts Department.
     
    Learn more about the artist here.
     
  • Dusk to Dusk

    Apr 11| Exhibition
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    James Aldridge, The Gathering, 2010, Acrylic on canvas


    Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

    April 11 - July 26, 2015  |  Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri 10-5 / Thu 10-7 / Sat-Sun 12-4

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Ford Foundation

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CONTACT: Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 

Ford Foundation Awards San Joaquin Valley Planning Grant

NEW OTIS PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WITH GRANT FROM FORD FOUNDATION
Los Angeles, Calif. (May 12, 2008) – – Otis College of Art and Design was awarded a $150,000 planning grant from the Ford Foundation to help create a project in which students will collaborate with community members in the San Joaquin (Central) Valley to find creative solutions to some of the vast and growing problems facing the region. This project is a pilot for the Otis Global Public Service (GPS) program.
As part of Otis’ continued success in community engagement, the mission of Otis GPS is to expand opportunities for artists and designers to serve communities worldwide, and to instill within them a lifelong responsibility and commitment to public service. Recently, Otis was one of seventy-six institutions qualified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its new Community Engagement classification, and is the only art and design college in this inaugural group.
Beginning in summer 2008, Otis MFA and BFA students will travel to three counties of the San Joaquin Valley: Kern, Tulare, and Fresno. The program will be lead by Suzanne Lacy, noted artist, author, and Chair of Otis’ Master of Fine Arts Program in Public Practice. 
“As someone who was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley area, I am intimately familiar with its problems and its opportunities,” stated Lacy. “For a professional college of art and design such as Otis, in a large metropolitan area, the opportunity for our students to explore global issues in a rural setting is tremendous. The project will bring forward all kinds of issues, from the environment to food production, from housing to the loss of farm land.” 
Although the San Joaquin Valley is rich in resources and recognized as one of the most productive agricultural regions, it is also one of the most challenged. For example:
* Six counties are among the 52 counties with the highest poverty rate in the U.S.
* Lowest reading rates among third graders; highest drop-out rates among high school
students; and low college attendance rates compared to the rest of the state. 

* The region is one of only two in the nation to be identified by the U.S. Environmental  Protection Agency for repeatedly failing to meet air quality standards.

 

According to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, a partnership created under executive order by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Improving the economy and the well-being of the people of the San Joaquin Valley requires a concerted, coordinated and creative response from leaders at all levels of government and from community members.” 

Otis students will participate in field trips to the Central Valley, and will undertake research into the ecological, sociological and economic factors that contribute to the region’s problems. Students will also work with local leaders to identify regional strengths, and work with residents, and community leaders on ways in which they can effectively support the area. Students will learn cross-cultural communication and community organizing skills, root cause analysis and big picture thinking, all within the context of making art and design contributions to communities in the San Joaquin Valley.
“Artists worldwide have both the ability and responsibility to transform the quality of life for people living in unfortunate conditions,” stated Orlando Bagwell, Director of Media, Arts, and Culture at the Ford Foundation. “The Otis GPS project in the San Joaquin Valley is innovative and can positively impact lives in the region. It promotes collaboration among the nonprofit, government, and business sectors; and encourages participation from diverse communities at all levels of society. Scholars from colleges and universities in the region, members of the farming community, local artists, and K-12 teachers and students will contribute to this project. The Ford Foundation exists to support projects like Otis GPS.”  
“Otis is a socially committed institution that takes a proactive role in its communities,” stated Samuel Hoi, Otis’ President. “It’s part of Otis’ tradition and ingrained in the culture of the College. We are honored that the Ford Foundation recognizes Otis’ efforts. The San Joaquin project will make a lasting impression on students and will undoubtedly inform their artistic and community work for years to come.”

 

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About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.