Events
  • Alex Olson

    Dec 06| Lectures
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    Artsy best decribes Alex Olson’s works as "abstract, but that’s not how she would choose to refer to them: “In fact, the way I approach painting is almost the opposite in that nothing is an abstraction of something else,” she says. “It literally is what it is.” Olson’s paintings aim to be exact records of how they were made, self-evident in their construction.

  • Marisa Matarazzo is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing program at Otis. She is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums, which Aimee Bender called "a collection that marks its own territory and stamps it out with a textured beauty." Her work has appeared in Faultline, Hobart, Fivechapters, Unstuck, and other literary journals, and she has taught at UCLA Extension, the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, and UC Irvine.

  • Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces. 

  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

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Support Independent Makers This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be full of sales and big store blow-outs, but the art of gift giving requires a little more thought. For the loved ones on your list consider gifts that are designed, handcrafted, illustrated, or curated by independent makers. We've put together a few recommendations from alumni-owned businesses that offer something for everyone, from luxurious yet playful kids clothing to sustainable furniture to the perfect planter for your office. 

Giving New Meaning To Old Mediums

Owning a business is a goal for many artists and designers, though the hardships of running a successful studio or product line are often glossed over in today's glorification of the entrepreneur. 

When Melanie Abrantes (’12 Product Design) launched Melanie Abrantes Designs in 2013 she had a strong support system, the market for handmade goods was growing, and she was working 12-hour days to make it work. 

Commonstudio heads to India on Fulbright-Nehru Grant

Daniel Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Kim Karlsrud (’07 Interactive Product Design), co-founders of Commonstudio, are heading to Bangalore, India, in October 2016.

Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
 
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
 
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.
 

Student Spotlight: Arturo Vazquez

Arturo Vazquez came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was two years old. In order to give him a better education, his parents moved the family from Compton to Whittier and it was later, at Rio Hondo Community College that Arturo would meet his mentor, ceramics professor, and Otis alumnus, Robert Miller.

Alumna Melanie Abrantes Featured in Better Homes and Gardens

When Melanie Abrantes ('12 Product Design) decided to pursue her love of handmade home goods, cork and wood were the perfect media for the California-based lathe-loving woodworker. Her commitment to sustainably farmed materials coupled with her genuine curiosity keeps her one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups, and planters constantly changing.

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What was your "aha entrepreneur moment" -- when you knew you wanted your own business?

Alumni Danny Phillips and Kim Karlsrud

Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Karlsrud ('07 Product Design) met when they were students, and star

Otis at Dwell on Design 2015

Last weekend Otis College of Art and Design exhibited selected work of students from the departments of Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and Product Design at the Dwell on Design show. Product Design presented work from juniors and seniors ranging from tea cups to furniture, while A/L/I exhibited images of various students’ work that represented the department’s disciplines and curriculum.

Product Design Sophomore Jasmin Druffner Wins First Place Award at Spring Green Expo 2015 for “Garden on Wheels”

Jasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not only to help raise awareness regarding sustainability issues, but also to meet like minds, to develop experience talking about t

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