Five Ways to Engage with the Otis Community This Fall
There’s lots of exciting art and design to experience this season!
1. Don’t Miss the Inglewood Open Studios Art Walk November 12-13
The Inglewood Open Studios Art Walk is an annual tour of artists’ private workspaces. All are invited to this intimate showcase of local art works and festival of artist-organized workshops, discourse, and performances. Inglewood Open Studios is co-founded by Otis College faculty member and alumnx Renée Fox (’02 BFA Fine Arts). This year’s Art Walk also features three other Otis faculty members and alumnx: Zeal Harris, David Russell, and Ulysses Jenkins (’79 MFA Fine Arts). The event will kick off with an opening reception featuring all participating artists at Residency Art Gallery on Friday, November 11 from 4:00–7:00 p.m., followed by the self-guided art walk tour on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 from noon–5:00 p.m. (both days). More information here.
2. Check Out “Fueled by Fury with Joan Takayama-Ogawa & Renee Tajima-Peña”
Join ceramics artist—and Otis faculty member—Joan Takayama-Ogawa and award-winning filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña on November 17 at the Japanese American National Museum for a conversation about using their anger at injustice to create powerful art that inspires social change. This conversation is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Joan Takayama-Ogawa: Ceramic Beacon, at the Craft in America Center. More information and RSVP here. Also, don’t miss this issue’s Otis Interview with Takayama-Ogawa here.
3. Learn How to Draw People with Otis Extension
Otis Extension’s “I Can’t Draw People” one-day workshop on November 12 presents alternative exercises and techniques for drawing the human figure. It’s all about abandoning the stress of creating a perfectly proportioned form. Under the guidance of an expert instructor, students practice alternatives that are surprising, expressive, and delightful. Attend this 1-day workshop to see how much we can accomplish when we leave behind the idea of perfection! Learn more and register here. You can also view the remaining available Extension courses for the rest of the Fall semester here.
4. Attend the Admissions Open House
Join the Admissions office for its annual Open House event also on November 12 to learn more about the College, explore our creative campus and discover our unique BFA programs. The event will offer opportunities to engage with faculty and students and learn more about our community. Activities include department workshops, tours of our Labs and Shops, as well as the Residence and Dining Hall, and portfolio reviews. There’s also an information fair featuring Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, Residence Life, Student Engagement & Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies and more. Learn more and RSVP to attend here. There are lots of other opportunities to connect with Otis Admissions listed here.
5. Listen to a Visiting Artist and/or Writer Lecture
Every week during the academic year, intriguing artists, designers, and writers alight on the Goldsmith campus, or tune-in virtually through Zoom, to share their work and process. Although our various lecture series presented by our undergraduate and graduate programs are geared toward students, they are open to the public and are free! Check out some of our upcoming guest visits, including by artists Teresa Baker and Fiona Connor and writer Myriam Gurba (above) on our public calendar here.