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Homeboy Industries Founder, Gregory Boyle, S.J., to Speak at Otis College of Art and Design

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A conversation with Father Boyle in conjunction with "Bridging Homeboy Industries," a group exhibition of artists who share roots in Homeboy Industries
Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: Bridging Homeboy Industries
Gregory Boyle
Gregory Boyle

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

Father Gregory Boyle will share stories and participate in an intimate conversation at the Ben Maltz Gallery/Otis College of Art and Design on February 9, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Homeboy Industries, founded by Father Gregory Boyle, is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab and re-entry program in the United States. Father Boyle was born in Los Angeles and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” He has received numerous honorary degrees, awards and recognitions including the Civic Medal of Honor, the California Peace Prize, Humanitarian of the Year from "Bon Appetit" Magazine, and in 2011 was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery exhibition, "Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez," (on view through March 23) brings together artists who share roots in the East L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights, a close-knit community beset by poverty and violence. Though their paths and practices are unique, each has benefited from the services of Homeboy Industries. The artists featured in this exhibition all credit Father Boyle for supporting and encouraging them as artists.

“Father "G" was the first one who taught me to see my art not as a path towards delinquency and incarceration, but rather as a path out of the violence and hopelessness of gang life,” says Fabian Debora.

Stories and Conversation with Father Gregory Boyle

Location
Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045

When
Saturday, Feb. 9, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Admission
Free. Seating is limited and first-come-first served.

Parking
Free visitor parking in structure on La Tijera.

Gallery Tours: 310.665.6909 to schedule tours for school, museum or other groups

Gallery Info: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo (at) otis (dot) edu, http://www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.

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.