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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Susan Barnet: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report


Mario's Furniture, a collaboration by S.E. Barnet and Hillary Mushkin with programmer Clay Chaplin and electronics specialist Lorin Parker

Thanks to the support of Otis, the Mushkin-Barnet project Mario's Furniture will be exhibited at Telic Arts Exchange on Chung King Road in Los Angeles from October 28 through Dec 2, 2006. The project could not have been realized without the funding that allowed us to complete the crucial technical aspects of wireless interactivity and vision recognition programming.

At summer’s end 2005 we were invited to turn the Bolsky Gallery in the Galef Fine Arts building into an arts laboratory. The Bolsky became a workspace for developing our interactive project. We began to work on the video recognition programming as well as test out sensors for the wireless technology. Being within the Otis community allowed constant access to an eager and interested audience, an essential part of our trials.

In the fall of 2005 Mario’s Furniture was in residence at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. At this point the game was far enough along, thanks to our stay at the Bolsky, to be able to invite curators to take a look at the work. After their initial visit, Telic Arts Exchange invited us to exhibit Mario’s Furniture at their space. (see Press Release [PDF])

One of the best aspects of the exhibition of Mario’s Furniture at Telic is the additional events schedule. The gallery curators have asked us to host events throughout the duration of the exhibition that will afford us an opportunity to contextualize the project through guest speakers, screenings, and the presentation of other artwork.

Finally, in the coming months UK publishers Intellect Books’ new volume on video games and art will be available. This work includes Art theorist/critic M.A. Greenstein’s essay on Mario’s Furniture.

--Susan Barnet
Fine Arts

Images of Mario's Furniture in the Bolsky Gallery, 2005:

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