Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Faculty Bios

SUMMER OF ART 2016

Jesus Aguilar, M.Arch Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago; BFA with Honors in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, OTIS College of Art and Design. Since 2011, Jesus has served as a Teaching Associate in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department and was the department’s Academic Mentor in 2013-2014. He has worked with Los Angeles Design and Architecture firms; The LADG and DSH// Architecture. In 2010 Jesus pursued his personal and independent interests in residential, commercial and graphic design, as Made by Jesus. Made by Jesus studio is rooted in the idea of full spectrum design and aims to bridge the multiple mediums of design; spatial, visual, and conceptual, to produce spaces, brands, and objects.
 

Beverly Bledsoe, MFA in Printmaking, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ms. Bledsoe is a professional artist whose work has been included in both group and solo exhibition. She has taught printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics in higher education for over 14 years. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.


Robert Dobbie, BFA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Dobbie is a freelance illustrator, who draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, Classic Disney, Film Noir and James Ellory. Clients include Hurley, American Airlines, Intel, Fox Family Channel, AFLAC, Snack King, and Murphy Design. Adjunct Professor, Communication Arts Department, Otis College of Art and Design.

Roni Feldman, MFA in Painting, Claremont Graduate University; BA in Creative Studies/Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Internationally exhibited painter, Mr. Feldman’s exhibitions include Yokohama Biennial, Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany; Torrance Art Museum; Vincent Price Art Museum; Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles;
Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco. Reviewed in Art Ltd. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.


Jeanie Frias, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Frias has taught painting, drawing, and college preparation courses for over 15 years.  Ms. Frias has exhibited nationally. She has taught for UCLA, Occidental College, as well as private and home school groups. As a former admissions counselor for Otis, Ms. Frias has extensive knowledge and understanding of portfolio requirements for art school admissions. She specializes in mentoring young artists towards their goal of successful application to the art college of their choice.

Janice Gomez, MFA in photography and installation, Claremont Graduate University; BA combining theater and fine art, San Francisco State University. Ms. Gomez's works have been exhibited at The University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach, Machine Project and Jaus.  She is a co-founder of Summercamp’s ProjectProject, an alternative artist run exhibition and residency space in El Sereno, Los Angeles.

Nancy Jo Haselbacher, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, Art Institute of Boston. Ms. Haselbacher has exhibited at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Temple Univ., Rome, The Museum of Urban Art and Culture, Boston, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

 

Candace Lavin, MA in Education, California State University, Los Angeles; BA in Graphic Design, California State University, Northridge. Ms. Lavin is a past Dr. Toy award winner. Her professional experience includes environmental graphic design for Walt Disney Imagineering, product design of toys, collectibles, and specialty gifts for Applause, Warner Bros., and Disney. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

 

Markus Maciel, Markus Maciel, BFA in Toy Design, Otis College of Art and Design. Senior Digital Designer, Mattel, Inc., in the digital D&D Support Group, co-manager of the Digital Training Center. Previously worked in the Hot Wheels Engineering Group. Mr. Maciel also worked at International Toy as Director of Product Development. Senior Lecture at Otis College of Art and Design in Foundation, Product Design, and Toy Design.


Karl Jean Petion, MFA in Film/Video and Fine Art, California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Petion has been an Artist in Residence at the LATE Academies and Renaissance Programs in New York. He has taught art and design in various locations in Los Angeles for several years, participated in “Debating Through the Arts” at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, and was recently exhibited at Lambert Fine Arts in New York.

Miguel Reyes, BA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Freelance painter, portrait artist, muralist, photographer, printer, stylist, art and fashion show producer. Vogue/Sotheby’s Fashion Illustration Award, MTA Muralist. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.


Luis Ruiz, BFA Computer Animation (3D), Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Ruiz has worked in the multimedia industry for over ten years. TV production work includes the History Channel, A&E, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. He has created background animations for Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and others. A recent product designer for Mattel Toys, Mr. Ruiz has also done freelance work for Spinmaster, Yahoo, Nintendo of America, and Thomson Reuters. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Mayuka Thais, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. A contemporary artist, Miss Mayuka is a bilingual multi-cultural artist, edutainer and art educator who specializes in teaching International School and multi-national students. She has led songwriting classes for at-risk youths involved in San Fernando Valley's NPO Youth Speak Collective Program. At the age of nine, she won her first Art Award from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. A published Art Educator, she is the recipient of Eco Arts Awards for her songs and music videos on animal conservation and ecology. Her most recent song was featured in an Independent Hollywood film, "Half Way to Hell."

Christopher Warner, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder; BA, Gonzaga University, Spokane. Mr. Warner was a recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship, 1990. His work has been exhibited widely with numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Western US. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Scott Zaragoza, BFA Studies in Painting and Drawing, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Zaragoza has been in solo exhibitions at the Salon Gallery, London, U.K. and group shows in both the U.K and Los Angeles including George Billis Gallery. His work has been included in the prestigious Gilbert B. Silverman and was recently featured in Flaunt Magazine Nov, 2014 issue. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

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