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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
     
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here.
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

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Graduate Fine Arts

Alumnus Jeffrey Vallance

Jeffrey Vallance ('81, MFA Fine Arts) 's work engages religious and secular aspects of pop culture in peculiar and particular ways. His process involves integrating and researching individuals and institutions ranging from the King of Tonga at the Royal Palace, to the Nixon Museum or Vatican officials. One of these video projects, Blinky, the Friendly Hen, was a collaboration with Otis classmates Bruce Yonemoto, Tom Recchion and Jim Rygiel.

Alumna Alison Saar

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Alison Saar ('81, MFA Fine Arts) was born in Los Angeles in 1956 to celebrated African American artist Betye Saar and painter-conservator Richard Saar.

She is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, an Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Artist Fellowship.

Alumnus Jim Rygiel

Three-time Oscar award winner Jim Rygiel ('81, MFA Fine Arts) supervised special effects on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A Fine Arts major at Otis, Rygiel entered the world of special effects in the early 1980s, when computer animation for film was in its infancy. His first film, The Last Starfighter (1984), pioneered digital imaging in place of models.

Alumnus Lawrence Gipe

Lawrence Gipe ('86, MFA Fine Arts) paintings and drawings co-opt propaganda as expressed in advertisements, posters, "fine art" photographs, and tourist ephemera. These range from mid-1930s Nazi, WPA, and Stalinist "Five-Year Plan" imagery to recent-day military recruiting and corporate web-based "motivational" materials.

Alumnus Bruce Yonemoto

Media artist Bruce Yonemoto ('79, MFA) has collaborated with his brother Norman on film, video, and multimedia installations since 1978. The Yonemotos’ work is based on notions of difference and visibility, and much of their work appropriates commercial film and television imagery. Operating between the world of the art gallery and media clichés and myths of American culture, the Yonemotos exploit this relationship of art and commerce.

Alumna Coleen Sterritt

For nearly three decades since departing Otis, Sterritt (’79 MFA Fine Arts) has explored formal aspects of weight and balance, surface and texture through her sculptures, often beginning with a material that enters her awareness, and inevitably involves some form of stacking.

Alumnus Roberto Gil de Montes

Roberto Gil de Montes ('72, MFA Fine Arts '76), born in Guadalajara, Mexico, came to the United States in 1965. He received his MFA from Otis, and works in painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Alumna Suzanne Caporael

Suzanne Caporael ('77, MFA Fine Arts '79) began her career with exhibitions at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Alumnus Norman Zammitt

Norman Zammitt was (1931-2007) raised on the Mohawk [Caughnawaga Indian] reservation near Montreal. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to America, graduated from Pasadena City College in 1957, and earned his MFA ('61) from Otis in 1961. He taught art at California Institute of the Arts, USC, and UCLA during his long career as an artist.

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