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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Creative Action

Creative Action 4th of July Parade

Creative Action participates in the 2014 Westchester 4th of July Parade. All the floats were handmade using sustainable materials. This is Otis' first entry into the annual parade.

 

Leafy Treehouse Canopy

Creative Action students created this "how to" project in partnership with Amag, an online magazine published in Barcelona for children all over the world. Otis students will travel to Barcelona to work with children at Ecola De la Concepcio, an urban preschool/elementary school.

Creative Action: Political Graphics Archive

political-posterStudents in Creative Action: Integrated Learning worked with Carol A. Wells, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles, to produce a video that documents the CSPG’s extensive collection of political posters. Faculty member Kerri Steinberg taught this class, in which students learned about protest movements and visual expression.

Save Our Seabirds

Working with Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program, Creative Action students designed an installation on the plight of the seabird at Mittel's Art Supplies on Lincoln Boulevard near the beach. Save Our Seabird was part of a campaign against the single-use plastics that are polluting our oceans and killing birds.

 

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3rd Annual Otis Kite Festival

Please join 3,000 local Los Angeles youth for a fun-filled day of kite building and flying, plus exhibitions at the Santa Monica Pier. Free, sustainable kites for everyone! Professional kite artists from across the country will to showcase their art and provide advice. All are welcome to this a family-friendly event.

Kite artists: Melanie Walker, George Peters, Jose Sainz, Ron Gibian and Bobby Stanfield

 

Parking available at the pier and in Downtown Santa Monica.

Otis Radio Low Powered FM Broadcast

Otis Radio students present four Low Powered FM Broadcasts.

Listen on your own at 96.1 FM or join us for the listening party in the Otis Cafe.

 

More Info at Otis Radio on Ospace.

Understanding Skid Row

Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students in the Creative Action: Integrated Learning course “Understanding Skid Row” engage and research urban poverty, homelessness, and justice. They collaborate with the L.A. Poverty Dept. (LAPD), a theater company of people who make art, live, and work on Skid Row. Together with LAPD members, students walk the neighborhood to hear directly from residents about conditions essential for culture and community.

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