Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Fashion Design

Glowing Gowns and Matisse-inspired Swimwear

On May 6, Otis College of Art and Design honored Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas, and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas at its Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, held at the Beverly Hilton with over 700 guests in attendance. The Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, now in its 35th year, showcases the collaborations of industry mentors and students in the fashion design program and is an important source of scholarship funding for Otis College students.

Don't Miss Out on Seeing L.A.'s Newest Designers

Partnering with some of today's top designers, fashion design students created pieces under the direction of two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Albert Wolsky, couture designer Chris Chang, Zaid Affas, David Meister, Claire Pettibone, Red Carter, as well as designers from Illia, Michi, Jessica Simpson, and Universal Monsters. Earlier this spring, the Otis community was able to preview their year-long efforts of the program which will debut at the 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, on Satur

10 Designers, One Runway: Preview the Looks for the 2017 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

Each year, fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design are paired with industry mentors that guide them through the design process of one-of-a-kind garments.

CEO Of Bally Americas Claudia Cividino and Jewelry Designer Daniela Villegas to be Honored by Otis College

Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas will be honored at the 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. The benefit showcases the collaborations of industry mentors and the fashion design program at Otis College and raises vital scholarship funding for students. The black-tie event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton. 

Three Fashion Design Juniors Receive Scholarships from Fashion Scholarship Fund

Brittney Sabet ('18 Fashion Design), Natalie Fonseca ('18 Fashion Design), and Indica Kalivoda ('18 Fashion Design/Costume Design) have each received a $5,000 scholarship from YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF), the premier educational fashion non-profit in the United States. YMA FSF seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide and invest in the future of the fashion industry. All three students attended the 2017 Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala in New York City on January 12, 2017. 

Celebrating the Life of Anne Cole: Iconic Swimwear Designer and Otis College Fashion Mentor

Iconic Californian designer Anne Cole, creator of the tankini and devoted fashion mentor at Otis College of Art Design, passed away on January 10, 2017. Cole was an inspiration to many of the fashion students, faculty, and staff that have worked with her since the early 1980s. The mentorship program allows for students to create pieces under the guidance of industry icons, learning different styles and markets, and getting feedback directly from designers. The Anne Cole Collection had several different mentor projects from 1986 through 2015. 

Fashion Leaders Challenge the Next Generation

Each year students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program work directly with professional designers to create one of a kind collections. Acting as client and mentor, each designer gives an assignment, known as a direction, for students to research and present sketch solutions. 

PUTTING A RING ON HAUTE COUTURE

After falling in love with fashion design, Claire Pettibone honed her craft at Otis College and wove vintage elegance into a lifelong career. The daughter of two Otis College alumni, Pettibone was born a true romantic with design in her blood. Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, she channeled that inspiration into her own designer lingerie line, which was soon picked up by department stores around the world. She followed that success with the creation of a couture bridal collection, further developing the reaches of her vintage-inspired lifestyle brand.

'Essence' : How One Young Designer is Conquering Hollywood’s Fashion Scene on Her Own Terms

Reprinted from Essence, September 22, 2016

With six years of entrepreneurship under her belt, fashion designer Jesstia Usher ('10 Fashion Design) shares her journey to success and what it’s like working with one of the biggest new faces in Hollywood.

Metro Bike Night Features Fashion Designs from the Class of 2016

Hundreds of people came out to Union Station for Bike Night 2016 on May 27. This was the third annual celebratory close to Bike Month (previously Bike Week) and was the most successful yet. There were the usual tables by the familiar and well-loved nonprofit groups, some new faces from local businesses and, of course, the anchor Metro table with this year’s offbeat way to have fun with biking: a temporary tattoo parlor. (You may remember the blender bike from previous years.)

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