20 May 2009

It's Quiet- Too Quiet

After working on a college campus for over 20 years one of the things that I am still not used to is the almost eerie silence that descends on a school after commencement. It's not like we all leave of course but, there is a notable shift in the energy of the place.

Otis concluded the 2008-09 academic year on May 9th when Nike CEO Mark Parker delivered the commencement address to over 250 new graduates. This capped a very busy week of senior exhibitions and other year-end events to celebrate the class of 2009. You can read Mr. Parker's address here.

Lest I give the impression that there are no students on campus, summer school started this week, our Graduate Graphic Design students return in June and Summer of Art will be in full swing come July. Still, I find that I am already looking forward to our new students joining the Otis community when fall term commences in August.

In the meantime, enjoy the summer and if you are in Los Angeles, stop by campus! We're here and would love to show you around.

08 May 2009

Three Cheers for 3 Solo Projects

3 Solo Projects, currently on view in Otis' Ben Maltz Gallery received a very nice review last week from Leah Ollman on the LA Times Culture Monster blog.

Ollman began her post by saying- "The works that make up “3 Solo Projects” at Ben Maltz Gallery are clever showpieces of aesthetic resourcefulness that exploit the tension between synthetic and natural. Together, they make for a variably engaging show that could be subtitled “The Haunting, the Daunting and the Whimsical.”" You can read the entire post here.

3 Solo Projects remains on view through June 13th. Open hours and other information for the Gallery can be found here. In the meantime, check out the video walk through of the show from the Otis YouTube channel.