Events
  • 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.

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Class Marshals

2017 Class Marshals

Class Marshals are members of the Commencement Committee, and provide the student voice at the Commencement planning meetings. They are also responsible for relaying Commencement information to their classmates.

Class Marshals lead their classmates in the procession. Family and friends can identify them by the special purple regalia worn with their cap and gown. They also receive recognition in the Commencement program.

BFA Programs
Sarah Ng, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Sarah Ng

BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

Being at Otis is all about acquiring a sense of place and finding the motivation and inspiration to grow with your peers. One great memory that exemplified this was working overnight with classmates on our projects, not sleeping for over 30 hours to prepare for our final critique. During that 30 hours, we ate the same cold pizza, had the same sleep-deprived symptoms, and felt the same appreciation for the importance of determination and social support. This kind of dedication was maybe only possible with a group of amazing individuals, and was all the more memorable because of them.

I plan on traveling and studying different cultures after commencement. I know I have a limited amount of time before having a career might reduce my ability to travel, and I want to make the most of it. I might attend graduate school to focus on interior architecture and design too.

Hana ORegan, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Communication Arts
Hana O'Regan

BFA Communication Arts

One of my fondest Otis memories took place in Communication Studio 4. The class was having some trouble getting creative with visual languages for the Manifesto project. Joe Potts came to class with a box of raisins and a mischievous grin. He gave each of us a raisin and proceeded to ask us to describe our raisin using one sense at a time. Everyone got a little grossed out “listening” to the raisin and finally eating the thing, but everyone was laughing, too. We all knew it was ridiculous, but we also recognized that it was a great way to flex our creative thinking. That was just one of many weird, but effective, methods the Otis teachers employed over the years to get us to think outside the box.

After graduating from Otis, I plan to work at a graphic design firm in Los Angeles. I hope to find work with an emphasis in book and publication design, but my main goal is to find a job that pushes me to continue learning new things.

Christina Liang, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Digital Media
Christina Liang

BFA Digital Media

A favorite memory at Otis would have to be the breaks between working and just chatting with friends and teachers. After graduation, I hope to be working in the commercial/entertainment industry as a designer or animator.

Anjali Deva Read, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Fashion-Design
Anjali Deva Read

BFA Fashion Design

My favorite Otis memories are always the night before a collection packet is due, or the night before a fitting when everyone starts going crazy at 3 a.m. and spills all their markers on the floor or sews a sleeve in backwards!

After commencement I plan to design Menswear in Los Angeles.

Dakota Raine Higgins, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Fine Arts
Dakota Raine Higgins

BFA Fine Arts

One of my fondest memories at Otis happened before classes started officially. In the days leading up to my first day of college, myself and many other first-year students went on a camping trip sponsored by Otis. There, I met a friend I've kept since the very beginning: Daveion Thompson. We just kind of ran into each other in this room full of instruments. I started strumming along on the guitar and he started belting out some really soulful, heartfelt lyrics from the top of his head. It was a beautiful night. A better-than-I-could-have-asked-for kind of beginning to my time at Otis.

After commencement I'm heading to Europe for a few weeks with a few good friends. We're going to see the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Munster Skulptur Projekte. Afterwards we're looking to get a little weird in Amsterdam, then stay with a mutual friend in Paris. I've never been out of the country before.

Jake Webber, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Product-Design
Jake Webber

BFA Product Design

Being in product design is incredibly rewarding because I am constantly collaborating with so many other majors. We share the ceramics studio with fine art, the computer labs with architecture and digital media, the model shop with toy design, and the woodshop with foundation students. My greatest memory at Otis is feeling like part of a team; without the help of my classmates and faculty I do not know where I would be.

After graduation I will continue to work full time as an artist and designer in the action sports industry, with hopes of starting my own furniture/lifestyle company in the future.

Inhee Ini Chung, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Toy Design
Inhee Ini Chung

BFA Toy Design

I participated in Japanese Student Experience in 2015. It was not only an amazing experience to communicate with Japanese art students, but also an interesting learning experience to see their art works through art sessions Otis provided. At the end, we became friends and exchanged contacts. We still contact each other and talk about our works.

After commencement, I’m not only planning to have a toy design job, but also to start building my own brand. Since I’m interested in lifestyle design, my brand concept will be related to toy and lifestyle. I’m very excited about graduating and having my toy design career as well as my own brand. I can’t wait to graduate!

MFA Programs
Chen-Yao Cheng Domingo, 2017 Class Marshal for MFA Graphic Design
Chen-Yao Cheng Domingo

MFA Graphic Design

I often think back to traveling in Holland and Belgium for our study abroad trip in 2016. We met so many amazing designers and saw the settings in which they work. We took various forms of transportation (trains, ferries, bikes, cabs, buses, walking, etc.), explored wonderful museums, markets, and saw many great buildings both new and historical. We ate meals with each other. It was a very exciting and special time. Those are treasured memories.

I continue to develop my design practice. Currently, I am in western Pennsylvania. Though my heart remains in California, the contrasting environment inspires new artistic exploration and solidifies foundational principles and beliefs. Basically, I will continue making stuff, as always, as life continues to evolve.

Austyn Andrew de Lugo, 2017 Class Marshal for MFA Fine Arts
Austyn Andrew de Lugo

MFA Fine Arts

My favorite memory at Otis was an event I and some other students organized where people gathered at the graduate campus to make signs for the LA Women’s March

After graduation, I plan to continue my art practice, as well as engaging in various forms of political resistance.

Margo Mullen, 2017 Class Marshal for MFA Public Practice
Margo Mullen

MFA Public Practice

My favorite memory from Otis was working with Suzanne Lacy on three of her most recent international projects, giving me the opportunity to travel to Quito, Ecuador to Dublin, Ireland to Pendle England.

After graduation I will go on a silent mediation retreat and then continue my practice of radical friendliness within art museums.

Krystle May Statler, 2017 Class Marshal for MFA Writing
Krystle May Statler

MFA Writing

One of my greatest Otis memories was typesetting Alan Loney’s Beginnings for Otis Books; being involved in the text selection process, editing the manuscript and designing the book was a very rewarding and inspirational experience led by Guy Bennett.

After commencement, I will begin the process of establishing my small press, May Be Books, to publish a first-time work of experimental poetry by the end of 2017.

 

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