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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Ford Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
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.