Events
  • Alex Olson

    Dec 06| Lectures
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    Artsy best decribes Alex Olson’s works as "abstract, but that’s not how she would choose to refer to them: “In fact, the way I approach painting is almost the opposite in that nothing is an abstraction of something else,” she says. “It literally is what it is.” Olson’s paintings aim to be exact records of how they were made, self-evident in their construction.

  • Marisa Matarazzo is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing program at Otis. She is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums, which Aimee Bender called "a collection that marks its own territory and stamps it out with a textured beauty." Her work has appeared in Faultline, Hobart, Fivechapters, Unstuck, and other literary journals, and she has taught at UCLA Extension, the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, and UC Irvine.

  • Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces. 

  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

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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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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.
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