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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Otis College of Art and Design and The Ahmanson Foundation Partner in Support of Military Veterans

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

One of 25 select colleges and universities receiving funds to support returning troops, Otis College of Art and Design will host Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon veterans for a meet and greet September 22, 2013.
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Nick Edinger Sketches

Otis College of Art and Design is one of 25 select private schools chosen by The Ahmanson Foundation for the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI), a grant providing assistance to student veterans as they assimilate back into civilian life and work towards completing their education.

Student veterans from all 25 institutions participating in the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative are invited to meet at Otis College of Art and Design on September 22 at the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles 90045. Attendees will include William H. Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation, and Otis alumnus Kent Twitchell (‘77 MFA Fine Arts), a prominent muralist who served as an illustrator for the United States Air Force in the early 1960s. Last year, Twitchell was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Department of the Military and Veterans Affairs to paint three murals on the interior of downtown Los Angeles’ Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, a memorial to veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I.

Following the reception guests are invited to the opening of “Tapping the Third Realm,” a contemporary art exhibition spanning two galleries and college campuses: Ben Maltz Gallery* at Otis College of Art and Design from 3 to 5 p.m., and Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative supports the young men and women returning in record numbers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing that the transition from military life to student life can have its challenges, and that public colleges and universities are not the perfect fit for all students, the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative is designed to provide returning veterans with the support needed to attend and ultimately graduate from private institutions of higher learning.

“Otis is honored to be among the institutions chosen by The Ahmanson Foundation to help support veterans and their families,” said Otis President Samuel Hoi. “We take this commitment to heart and look forward to welcoming these courageous men and women into our community, and serving their needs as they pursue their educational goals.”

With an initial combined award of $1,250,000 for the 2013–2014 school year, colleges can determine how best to use the funds to recruit, retain, and educate student veterans. Otis College of Art and Design is applying its $50,000 grant to scholarship awards, supporting five undergraduates with majors in digital media, fine arts, graphic design, and toy design, and one MFA Fine Arts candidate.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill pays tuition and fees up to $18,077.50 for veterans who attend private schools. By participating in the Yellow Ribbon program, Otis College of Art and Design provides additional funds that are matched by the Veteran’s Administration to cover the rest of the students’ tuition and fees. “Otis has been very generous to their veterans, which has allowed us to focus on schoolwork rather than having to worry too much about financial aid issues,” says Nick Edinger, a Digital Media student in his second year who served in the United States Marine Corps. “With the addition of this scholarship, my school year will be financially worry-free.”

*Ben Maltz Gallery is part of the Blue Star Museums program: http://bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums

ABOUT THE AHMANSON FOUNDATION
Celebrating its 60th year serving Los Angeles, The Ahmanson Foundation primarily serves Los Angeles County, funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, including health care, programs for the homeless and underserved populations, and a wide range of human services. For more information about the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative, please visit http://vetsback2college.com/.

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