• Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • 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.


Armed Services Veterans Become Otis Students

Spotlight Category: Student
“Do some research. Luckily Otis is a Yellow Ribbon School... so you’ll get a $200,000 education virtually for free.”
That is the advice that Justin Wilson (‘15) would give to other veterans looking to pursue a career beyond the military. After having served in the Navy for 12 years, Jason began practicing the art of tattooing. He soon found that his favorite tattoo artists had formal art training. Wanting to master his skill, Jason enrolled at Otis and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts. Currently, Jason is in the first year of the Graduate Writing Program where he is working on a short novel as well as his memoirs.  


Otis is proud to welcome armed services veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in art and design. Whether to set a new career path or refine skills learned in the armed forces, Otis provides a rigorous and supportive environment in which student vets are welcomed to launch the next phase in their careers. 

Visit Otis' Youtube Student Veterans Channel.
Hear from more student Vets on why they chose to attend Otis, their experiences while in the program, and their aspirations for what's next:
Christopher Bach (‘18) served as a Gunner’s Mate in the Navy for 4 years. He had always loved to draw and spent hours while at sea sketching to pass the time. As of Spring 2016, he is studying Visual Effects in the Digital Media Department.
Samuel Chon (’18) was a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps for 5 years serving as a Crew Chief. As of Spring 2016, he is studying Concept Art and Animation in the Digital Media Department.
Nicholas Edinger (‘16) was a Corporal in the Marine Corps for 5 years, serving as a Combat Photographer. He is now a senior in the Digital Media Department focusing on Concept Art and Character Design for video games.
Marine Corps. Seargent Heather Golden (’16) who served as a public relations specialist is finishing her BFA degree in the Communication Arts department concentrating on corporate branding, and paper design.
Digital Media sophomore Evan Moinvaziri (‘18), who served in the Navy for 10 years as an Air Traffic Controller, is studying Animation and Motion Graphics.
Daniel Moore (’18) was in the Air Force for 10 years, serving as a Knowledge Operation Specialist. As of January ’16, he is a Sophomore in the Communication Arts Department studying Illustration, and developing a comic series.
Jeffrey Sanford (’18) was in the Air Force for 6 years, serving as an Imagery Analyst. As of Spring 2016, he is a Sophomore in the Digital Media Department at Otis, focusing on Story Development in video games.
Robert Spangle (‘16) was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps, serving in Reconnaissance. He is a Senior in the Product Design Department at Otis, designing a line of travel goods and accessories. 
Otis proudly receives support from The Ahmanson Foundation for veteran student scholarships. To learn more visit the website of the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative at Vetsback2college.comFor information about Veteran benefits, Otis’ Yellow Ribbon Program, and the G.I. Bill visit Financial Aid.
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