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Otis College's Inaugural Residency Emphasizes Engagement With the Professional Creative Community

The program provides a platform for participating artists and designers to receive feedback and inspiration from an extraordinary group of Los Angeles arts professionals. This close counsel might result in a shift in practice or lead to new breakthroughs in their work. These work reviews are complemented by evening programs of Guest Speakers and Special Conversations between various artists, creators, and thought leaders.

In June 2017, Otis College of Art and Design hosts its inaugural three-week L.A. Summer Residency Program (June 4-25) for national and international artists and designers. Consistent with the College’s commitment to professional development, participating artists and designers will be deeply engaged with the L.A. professional creative community—making it the only art and design residency so richly focused on professional engagement on the West Coast.

The program provides a platform for participating artists and designers to receive feedback and inspiration from an extraordinary group of Los Angeles arts professionals. This close counsel might result in a shift in practice or lead to new breakthroughs in their work. These work reviews are complemented by evening programs of Guest Speakers and Special Conversations between various artists, creators, and thought leaders.

Guest Speakers include TV’s Homeland series award-winning director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter; and Serpentine Gallery Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist. Reviewers who will meet with the artists in residence include Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Meg Cranston, artist and Chair of Fine Arts, Otis College; Sam Durant, multimedia artist; Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Suzanne Isken, Executive Director, Craft and Folk Art Museum; Jo Lauria, author and curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Shamim M. Momin, Director, Curator, and Co-Founder, Los Angeles Nomadic Division; Aram Moshayedi, curator, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; Eve Schillo, curatorial assistant, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; Jennifer Steinkamp, installation artist who works with video and new media; and Ulysses Jenkins,  multimedia artist. 

“This innovative strategy for a residency platform, with ample time and space in studios that have state of the art equipment, coupled with a fantastic engagement with some of the most talented professionals in the arts in Los Angeles, gives the visiting artist an incredible opportunity,” said Clayton Campbell of the program. “It is a wonderful way for an artist who is looking to challenge themselves in a community of professional artists who will be full of ideas, ready for dialogue, in a world-class arts city brimming with vitality. It is going to be amazing.”

Applications are due February 28, 2017. To find out much more, go to http://www.otis.edu/summer-residency.