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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Peer Mentor Program

Meet the Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor program is a student leadership program in it's fifth year at Otis. Upper classmen students commit themselves to helping new students experience a successful transition into the Otis community. Peer Mentors serve as role models by promoting the Otis mission through leadership skills, and diverse talents

Each new student entering Otis in the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 should select a Peer Mentor that he/she feels will be the best match to be your guide for the coming academic year.

If you are a new student that hasn't chosen your Peer Mentor yet, it is not too late. To choose, go to Peer Mentor Selection. The Peer Mentors still available are Waranya Chuencheevit, Dhairya Patel, and Tyson Amano.

Anna Solomko
Anna Solomko
Anna Solomko
Major: Digital Media
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: annaisheree@mail.ru
asolomko@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I like dancing even though I don't do it well.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I've been TAing for freshmen for a year now, and I realized that I like interacting with students and especially help them out if they are confused or just looking for help. I think as an O-leader I will be able to hang out with a lot of new people and share my experience regarding Otis College of Art and Design.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I would say the international day during O-Week because it was the first time I attended Otis activity. I think it is memorable because I was super scared. But at the same time, I met an insane amount of people, who became my close friends during the first year.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wished to know about activities that were happening on campus.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I think it is a great opportunity to learn from other people.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
I would just let them know that OTIS is like a big family and there is nothing to be scared of.

Bayli Robinson
Bayli Robinson
Bayli Robinson
Major: Digital Media / Game & Entertainment Design
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: brobinson1@student.otis.edu
bayli.robinson@gmail.com

Something about me:
I enjoy meeting new people, playing video games, and telling bad puns!

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in wanting to be a student leader because I wanted to help student in the Otis community feel welcomed and to help create a sense of community among peers.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
My most memorable moment as a first year student was walking around the halls and seeing all of the different talent that students possessed. Those students were and continue to be my peers and that amazed me. I felt like I was somewhere I belonged and where I knew I would fit in regardless!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
As a first year student, I wished to learn how to better communicate with those who weren't as open or were more introvert. Since then, I've learned to be able to talk with all sorts of different people including those who are more quiet or afraid to open up to others.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I love being a part of a diverse community! There are so many different types of people from different places and that can open a variety of different connections with people you may have never thought possible to bond or connect with from many different places. It opens a doorway to new relationships and a more connected community.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some advice that I would give to an incoming first year student would to be open to new possibilities! Don't be afraid to open up to others and show your peers that they don't have to be afraid either. The worst thing someone could say is "no" or say nothing at all. If you make an effort to help someone feel welcomed, you are helping to build a community and a connection that just might open many possibilities to connect with your peers and others around you.

Hind Abdulmajeed
Hind Abdulmajeed
Hind Abdulmajeed
Major: Fine Arts SCNG, Minor in Product Design
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: habdulmajeed@student.otis.edu
hindabdulm@gmail.com

Something about me:
This is my second year as an O-Leader. I really love meeting and talking to new people. I like to sing… EVERYWHERE! I am a terrible singer but it doesn't stop me from having a one person concert in my car.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
My foundation year mentors were a great help to me, and inspired me to become one myself.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I always have a volleyball in my car. One day my friends and I got bored so I grabbed the volleyball and we played on the grass at otis. The best part was seeing students I didn't know drop their backpacks and join the game!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish I knew that it’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to not know things, we are here to learn.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I was not born in the US. I was raised in multiple places in the world. Seeing people just as diverse has been great. I’ve been exposed to different cultures and backgrounds. The diversity opened my mind up to the many possibilities.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
School work is really important, but don't forget to give yourself time. Go out and have fun. Spend time with your friends. Treat yourself to a nice meal. The better you feel on the inside the better the work you will put out!

Daveion Thompson
Daveion Thompson
Daveion Thompson
Major: Digital Media (Motion Graphics)
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: daveionthompson@gmail.com

Something about me:
I really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, whether they are something I create or something I found online, good food makes for a great time. I consider myself to be a photography enthusiast.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in being a peer mentor because I have a huge passion for helping people. I know first hand how hard it can be to come to a new place where you quite possibly might spend the next four years of your life. Honestly, I just want to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
For me, O-camp was my favorite experience foundation year; I really had fun meeting and hanging with all of the other first year students.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
My first year I wish I would have better managed and scheduled my time.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being apart of the Otis community is also; you're able to connect with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. I've learned the most fascinating from my fellow classmates, which in turn has made me a better artist and overall creative.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
My advice for first year incoming students would be to be yourself(the weird, eclectic, eccentric you), get to know your fellow classmates, and most importantly explore the otis campus and community. Also explore creatively, and never get complacent with your work.

Justin Kahn
Justin Kahn
Justin Kahn
Major: Digital Media (Game &Entertainment concept)
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: justinkahn@gmail.com
kthai1@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I'm from Vietnam and 26. Decided going back to school due to my 'quarter-life-crisis'. I always wanted to draw and create worlds in my head so I chose to be a game concept designer. Big Pokemon fan and also love the horror cinema.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I wanted to help out other students, especially those who just came to the States. I'm an international student so I had gone through whatever us abroader would run to in my first year. It would be nice to help out new student to get their life adjust easily with Otis and have a good academic year ahead.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I remember how hard it was to find time to sleep. With all the assignment and homework, all I did was to work as hard as I can. Also people around was super friendly, which gave me encourage to get thru my first year.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
How thing runs around school. Like which office I run to if I have any problem. Or some insight about those classes I took.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It's a great experience. I have chances to get to know difference people from other culture. it helps to expand my understanding of the world and gets inspiration on working on my projects.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Sleep whenever you can and ask if you need some help.

Stephanie Goldstein
Stephanie Goldstein
Stephanie Goldstein
Major: Illustration
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: stephanierosegoldstein@gmail.com
sgoldstein@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
I like to draw, paint, bake, cook, and watch cartoons.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I was interested in becoming a student leader because I love Otis, I enjoy helping people out, and being involved in school activities.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
My most memorable moment as a first year student would have to be when Otis had a bunch of reptiles come to the school and I got to hold a snake for the first time.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
As a first year student I wish I had known how to use Photoshop better.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being part of a diverse community such as Otis is an amazing experience, I have made the best friends, learned a lot from my professors, and have been exposed to the arts and culture.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
The best advice I can give to an incoming first year student would be to manage your time wisely and make sure you get enough sleep!

Waranya Chuencheevit
Waranya Chuencheevit
Waranya Chuencheevit
Major: Digital Media emphasis in Motion Graphics
Graduation Class: 2019
Contact Info: wchuencheevit@student.otis.edu

If you are a new student that does not have a Peer Mentor yet, you can choose me by going to Peer Mentor Selection.

Something about me:
I'm from Thailand but I am not an international student.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I think that becoming a leader is a difficult process, but it is step that I should take in order to become more open-minded.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
The most memorable moment for me as a first year student was during the six hours period of my Life Drawing class because it is the class that I felt like my skill had improved the most.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish that I had known that retention is one of the most vital key of making a better artwork and projects.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
I like being part of a diverse community because seeing different people from different places make me feel like I have a larger connection.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some of the advices that I would give is to always be prepare for class, be on time, do your best, and never procrastinate.

Tyson Amano
Tyson Amano
Tyson Amano
Major: Digital Media Animation
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: tyson.teamamano@gmail.com
tamano@student.otis.edu

If you are a new student that does not have a Peer Mentor yet, you can choose me by going to Peer Mentor Selection.

Something about me:
I like to draw, I have played guitar for 11 years, and I also study tarot cards every now and then.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
For incoming freshmen, the first year at college can be intimidating and difficult for some to handle. I want to help make people’s first college experience as fun and less scary as possible.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
Spending my first all-nighter at school during finals week and sleeping on the floor for 30 minutes every hour before getting back to work.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
How to drive. I had to go to Blicks so many times for supplies and my mom had to drive me there every time.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It’s very interesting seeing people from all walks of life and different cultures and it is fun for me to learn where other people are from since I never have been outside the country before.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Remember to eat healthy and learn to cook, it is easy to burn through money in a week if you eat take-out and fast food everyday.

Hongyu Zhou
Hongyu Zhou
Hongyu Zhou
Major: Digital Media
Graduation Class: 2017
Contact Info: zhouhongyu524@icloud.com

Something about me:
Hi. My name is Hongyu Zhou. I will become a senior this coming fall 2016. I love video games. films, photography, music and travel. Last but not least, draw, draw, draw.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
Otis is a multicultural college. There are huge amount of students coming from different countries, especially Asian countries. Therefor, it’s crucial to have an international O-leader for those new students. It would be really helpful. Cause I did go through those ups and downs, I knew how to help them out in a right way.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
I was a transfer student, so I didn't get the foundation experience.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I wish to know what kind of student activities throughout the whole year. I wish to know more about the different majors and how it looks like so that it can help them to decide their major the second year.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It’s definitely challenging but I learned a lot. I made lots of friends from different culture background. It’s fresh but interesting.

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Start making friends now, you will be surprised.

Dhairya Patel
Dhairya Patel
Dhairya Patel
Major: Digital Media (Minor Photography)
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: dpatel@student.otis.edu
willdesign@outlook.com

If you are a new student that does not have a Peer Mentor yet, you can choose me by going to Peer Mentor Selection.

Something about me:
I am an optimist and always happy. I make jokes all the time, as I believe- Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at. I always have time for my friends and family.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
One major reason is, being an international student myself I know how big the change is and it takes time to adapt or get used to a new place. Most of us have gone through this, same as me, but I feel I can be very helpful for the students who will be going through this phase. The other reason is that you make connections, meet new people and it is really important to connect with new people.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
Halloween! Hands down, one of the most amazing days, as it was my first Halloween and I always wanted to be part it. It is exciting to see your fellow peers dressed up in cafes or classes. Even the teachers encourage you to dress up for the classes which are on that day! And what makes this more fun on campus is the best costume competition, which also encourages some people to take this on a whole different level!

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
Mostly about the teachers, as I feel that helps on the part of taking classes and be on the right track. Also good places to go out to!

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
It is helpful and wonderful! It is so much fun to be in a community like this as you learn a lot not just about that person but also about their culture and interesting things, about different languages and their beliefs. I feel you learn to respect people more once you are outside of a small bubble, where you know people from around the world. Also one other thing is that some of the stereotypes are busted! :P

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Don’t be shy! Talk to people, if you already have a circle of friends that’s good, but ask your classmates or people from your year what do they do when they are free and if they say nothing, “invite them to your circle”. Form a strong friend circle. Take as much pictures as you can in your first year, because as you go to sophomore, junior an senior, those pictures would be priceless.

Cheyenne Gutierrez
Cheyenne Gutierrez
Cheyenne Gutierrez
Major: Animation
Graduation Class: 2018
Contact Info: cheyennelg@hotmail.com
cgutierrez@student.otis.edu

Something about me:
After having a brain injury, I realized that life is too precious to not chase after your dreams.

Why did I become interested in being a student leader at Otis College of Art and Design?
I became interested in being a student leader at Otis to give new students the chance to be successful in chasing their dreams, and to never give up on having the ability of bringing that dream to life, while having fun in doing so. I would make sure that Otis is not only a school to the new students, but as a family as well.

What was my most memorable moment as a first year student?
The most memorable things that I got from my first year at Otis was not only the unforgettable skills and techniques, but the new friends and faculty members who you will consider to be part of your new family at Otis.

What did you wish to know as a first year student:
I definitely wish that I had known more about the importance of time management and that the work load definitely takes up most of the day. I also wish I had known more about all of the different resources that Otis has to offer, and that the library and the SRC are definitely the most important places for homework, midterms, and finals. I unfortunately did not take advantage of those resources, therefore I struggled a lot.

What is it like to be part of the diverse community at Otis?
Being a part of such a diverse community is really awesome because I've had the opportunity to learn about so many different cultures and beliefs that other people are a part of and practice. It has definitely opened up my mind to want to learn more about each culture and has given me the urge to take advantage of all of the travel study trips that Otis provides. (Japan was amazing!)

What advice would you give an incoming first year student at Otis?
Some advice I would give to a first year student would be to: work on your homework with other students; form long-lasting relationships (because you could be working with/for them someday); communication is key, so talk to professors in you're ever confused about a project; start on your homework the day you get it to give it the best quality and to avoid stress and sleepless nights, all criticisms are constructive criticisms to help you improve your artwork and are to benefit you, not to hurt you; don't compare your work to others just because you think that theirs is better, no work of art is considered "suckish" and everyone's style is different. Don't get discouraged just because you think that someone might be "better" than you. Practice makes perfect, and everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.

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