Events
  • Design Fair

    Jul 09| Special Event
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    The annual Design Week for the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design will launch with a Design Fair on July 9, 2017, from 12-6pm. Held on the college's newly renovated campus, the fair will feature lectures by visiting international designers from 12-1:45pm followed by the book fair from 2-6pm. 

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Sitting in Sound is a guided meditation led by artist Jesse Fleming, and an immersive sound experience performed by Los Angeles-based musical duo Electric Sound Bath (ESB).

  • Opening Reception: I Wish I Was a Telephone: Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Celebrate the opening of the two-person exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artists Nora Jane Slade and Marisa Takal.
    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

  • 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. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

    Opening Reception 3-5pm /  Curator and Artist led walk-thru of the exhibition, 3pm  /  Free

  • Talking to Action

    Sep 17| Exhibition
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    Image: Eduardo Molinari, Confluencia 2: Los Angeles River, 2016.

  • 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.

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Academic Excellence:Miles Gracey

Most Influential Faculty Members?
You cannot run around Otis with scissors in your hands without accidentally bumping into a teacher that will change your life. They are abundant.

 

Hometown?
Cambria, California

 

Why Otis?
It’s really serendipitous. I originally attended Otis for its Graphic Design program.I had a few really influential teachers who led me to seek out something a bit more challenging; the rest is history.

 

Your thesis project?
I built a wall.

 

Interesting things that you did outside of school?
Outside of school?

 

Most influential class?
Any class that made me question everything I had already learned up to that point. Otis was a pattern of education followed by de-education, the exact antithesis of what came before. It’s an important value to have throughout life, learning to listen while simultaneously ignoring everything.

 

Favorite place in L.A.?
I seek out the places in which L.A. shows its seams: places where you get a sense that it is all just make-up on a desert: the back of the Hollywood sign, infamous sites where celebrities have died, the river. These are truly beautiful places.

 

Impact on your work/life?
I have realized that I am not me but rather a consequence of my last meal (which happened to be a Big Mac and fries). I go through life consuming the world around me. At some point I must have ingested someone with dark brown hair,
possibly tall, but not too. So exactly who was I before I ate myself? Was I horny? And moreover, how piquant would he or she have been fricasseed?

 

What’s next?
Anything and everything. I think that is the real beauty of an art education, because you are never acutely trained to do one thing. There will never be precisely one thing to do. It is never a good career move to go to art school, but it can allow you to never really have a career. I hope never to work a single day as an artist. I think that is where the true cultural significance of the artist emanates from.

 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I eat people. I am a cannibal.

 

Information/tips for future students?
Don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing, is going to be all right...

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