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Omage08: The Artists, Designers, and Writers of
Otis College of Art and Design

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Omage08: The Artists, Designers, and Writers of Otis College of Art and Design

Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica 90404
310 264 4678, Tues-Sat 11-6
www.track16.com

August 2-30, 2008
Opening reception Saturday August 2, 6-9 pm
Closing reception Saturday August 30, 6-9 pm
Panel discussion: “Collapsing Boundaries,” Saturday, August 16, 7-9 pm
Otis Authors readings:  Saturday August 23, 7-9 pm

The exhibition, curated by Lisa Melandri, Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Museum of Art, features more than 60 members of Otis’ faculty. According to Melandri, the exhibition is like a “multifaceted fabric interwoven with markedly different aesthetic, theoretical, and functional threads.” Represented in the exhibition are painting, architecture, graphic design, fashion design, new media, printmaking, sculpture, animation, public art, poetry, artists’ books, ceramics, photography, music, and digital art.

Otis celebrates its faculty on the occasion of its 90th anniversary in 2008.
During its 90-year history, Otis faculty members have taught and mentored
generations of artists and designers to enrich our society and culture. Many of these alumni and Otis faculty have launched seminal movements in contemporary art.

Participants include:  
Debra Ballard, Maura Bendett, Marcie Begleiter, Beatrice Mousli Bennett, Guy Bennett, Adam Berg, Beverly Bledsoe, Anne Bray, Linda Burnham, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Chris Chapin, Melissa Clark, Tracy Colby, Meg Cranston, Abdelali Dahrouch, Chava Danielson, Jacci Den Hartog, Marlena Donohue, Roy Dowell, Dana Duff, Art Durinski, Chris Eckardt, Bill Fogg, Peter Gadol, Rosi Gabl, Gary Geraths, Parme Giuntini, Arloa Goldstone (’08), Scott Grieger, Kathryn Hagen (’99), Eric Haas, Nancy Haselbacher, Erin Hauber, Marsha Hopkins (’97), Marjan Hormozi, Linda Hudson, Michele Jaquis, Annetta Kapon (’85),  Soo Kim, Greg Kochanowski, Suzanne Lacy, Randy Lavender, Joyce Lightbody, Barbara Maloutas (’03), Sue Maberry, Helena Min, Chris Mounger, Patrick Nickell, Kali Nikitas Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Renée Petropoulos, Katie Phillips, Ave Pildas, Linda Pollari, Ben Ragle, Kiki Sammarcelli (’74), Mohamed Sharif, Rich Shelton, Alex Slade, Rob Spruijt (’01), Jim Starrett,  Kerri Steinberg, Pat Stiles, Ann Summa, J.T Steiny (’84), Holly Tempo, Paul Vangelisti, Jean-Marie Venturini (’06), Chris Warner, John White, Rush White, and Michael Wright.

About Otis College of Art and Design www.otis.edu

Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1170 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in advertising, architecture/landscape/interiors, digital media, fashion design, graphic design, illustration, interactive product design, painting, photography, sculpture/new genres, and toy design; and MFA degrees in fine arts, graphic design, public practice, and writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses.

For nine decades, Otis alumni have demonstrated their ability to successfully compete in a global environment increasingly built on innovation and creative thinking.  Since its establishment in 1918 as Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis has trained generations of artists who have been in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the city. Nurtured by Los Angeles’ forward-thinking spirit, the College has produced artists who explore the landscape of popular culture and the significant impact of identity, politics and social policy at the intersection of art and society.