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).

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    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 Report on the Creative Economy to be Released at Google's New YouTube Space LA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region at Google's new YouTube Space LA, December 4, 2012 from 3-6 PM.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 30, 2012 - Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region on December 4, 2012 from 3 - 6 PM Pacific Standard Time at Google's new YouTube Space LA.

This event will be one of the first hosted at Google's new production facility, called the YouTube Space LA, in Playa Vista. The Space will serve as a collaborative, creative facility where YouTube partners can collaborate with fellow creators, learn from industry experts, and access state-of-the-art equipment that will help catalyze the creative community both on and offline.

This is the sixth year that Otis College of Art and Design, working with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will publish an extensive annual research project mapping the creative economy of the Los Angeles region.

As reported in the 2011 Otis Report, the combined economic impact of the arts, design, and entertainment industries accounted for one out of eight jobs in 2010 with a total economic impact of $201.1 billion in L.A and Orange Counties. The jobs and revenues the creative economy brings to the L.A. region are significant. It is also clear that creativity has its roots in arts education, where instruction in specific arts disciplines spurs imagination and innovation, and develops the higher skills necessary to thrive in a market place increasingly driven by originality.

The 2012 Otis report comes at a time of transition for creative industries. In our information and technology driven culture, digital distribution and online content consumption are on the rise, and the new creative skill set reflects the dominance of web-based platforms and new technologies.


"Creativity is a defining resource of Southern California that cannot be easily outsourced," says Otis President Samuel Hoi. "Leaders from multiple sectors must come together to consider our region's future and proactively invest in the creative economy. We cannot imagine a place with more creative energy and drive than Google's YouTube Space LA to release the findings of this year's Otis Report. We look forward to a stimulating group discussion."

The event at Google is an invitation-only leadership gathering, and will also serve as a convening of the Creative Economy Convergence Task Force, a leadership group formed to promote education and policy that supports the creative economy of the Los Angeles region. Guests will interact and share ideas with fellow leaders and entrepreneurs across several sectors.

Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has played a pivotal role in developing the creative economy of L.A. With training programs in Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Fashion Design, and more, Otis has been a leading force in creative design and the arts for nearly 100 years. Graduates of Otis College of Art and Design continue to be in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the region.

Scheduled presenters include:

Robert Kleinhenz, Chief Economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will present the highlights from the 2012 Otis Report and discuss the five-year trends in our region.

Ann Markusen, noted research economist and the author of the commissioned piece that accompanies the 2012 Otis Report, City Creative Industry Strategies, will present national models of city strategies to stimulate and support the creative sector.

Mark Lacter, editor of LA Biz Observed and a contributor to the Los Angeles Magazine, Fast Company and Financial Times, will present his reflections on our regional creative economy and moderate a conversation of the room.

Supporters of the event include Google, Mattel, Boeing, CAbi, City National Bank, Coaster Fine Furniture, Disney, Hurley, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Miss Me, Nike, Ovation, San Pedro Wholesale Mart , Sony Pictures, and more.

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

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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