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Track 16 Gallery in collaboration with Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present Omage: Artists, Designers, and Writers of Otis College of Art and Design, curated by Christopher Miles. The exhibition highlights work by more than 70 professional artists who teach at Otis. Omage runs from July 15 through August 31, 2006, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 15 from 6 to 9 P.M. and a closing reception on Thursday, August 31, from 6 to 9 P.M. In conjunction with the exhibition, there will be an evening of readings by the writers of Otis on Saturday, August 26 at 7 P.M.

The work of the painters, digital artists, sculptors, installation artists, graphic designers, ceramic artists, fashion designers, architects, interior designers, landscape designers, photographers, performance artists, illustrators, poets and writers featured in this exhibition reflects the depth and breadth of creativity in Los Angeles. Through their exhibitions, publications, and public works, as well as through the work of their of students, they have played an important role in shaping the city’s prominence in art, design, and literature.

Since Otis opened its doors in 1918, Southern California’s first professional art school has launched international careers in the arts. For almost 90 years, the College has attracted professional artists, designers, and writers who devote an extraordinary amount of their time to teaching. These renowned practitioners launch the careers of the next wave by serving as role models who successfully and innovatively integrate artistic, intellectual and personal development with professional practice. Rather than promote a particular style, Otis faculty members develop their students’ individual voices and encourage cross-disciplinary innovation. According to President Samuel C. Hoi, “Aside from being teachers of art and design, they also serve as powerful social and economic agents for the transformation of young lives.”

Featured Artists:

Marcie Begleiter, Maura Bendett, Guy Bennett, Adam Berg, Beverly Bledsoe, Anne M. Bray, Jason Burton, Carole Caroompas, Chris Chapin, Tracy Colby, John Coven, Allison Dalton, Chava Danielson, Marlena Donohue, Roy Dowell, Jackie Doyle, Dana Duff, Art Durinski, Chris Eckardt, Jennifer Egger, Hugo Espinosa, Bill Fogg, Peter Gadol, Gary Geraths, Laura Gruenther, Anthony Guida, Eric Haas, Jacci Den Hartog, Lewis Hall, Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Dawn Hollingsworth, Linda Hudson, Michele Jaquis, Kate Johnson, Annetta Kapon, Karolyn Kiisel, Soo Kim, Greg Kochanowski, Arno Kroner, Anthony Guida, Suzanne Lacy,

Randy Lavender, Greg Lindy, Richard Lundquist, Barbara Maloutas, Douglas Messerli, Joe Molloy, Christian Mounger, Beatrice Mousli, Nancy Nimoy, Pat Nickell, Joan Ogawa, Arthur Ou, Justine Lempus  Parish, Renee Petropoulos, Dennis Phillips, Katie Phillips, Ave Pildas, Linda Pollari, Catherine Roman, Kiki Sammarcelli, Steven Sidelinger, Alex Slade, Rob Spruijt, Jim Starrett, J. T. Steiny, Pat Stiles, Koji Takei, Holly Tempo, Stephen Thompson, Paul Vangelisti, Chris Warner, RushWhite, Jeanne Willette, Michael Wright.

About Christopher Miles

Miles is an Assistant Professor of Art Theory and Criticism at California State University, Long Beach, and recipient of a 2004 Penny McCall Award for his work as a writer/curator.  He presently writes for Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Flaunt, Frieze and The Los Angeles Times.

About Otis College of Art and Design

Otis offers accredited degrees to 1100 students in fashion design, toy design, digital media, communication arts, fine arts, architecture/landscape/interiors, and interactive product design, as well as graduate degrees in fine arts and writing. The College prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. Otis’ reputation attracts students from 39 states and 26 countries. Fifty percent are minority students, making it the most culturally diverse private art college in the U.S. The College's diversity is its strength; it prepares students to imagine what lies ahead, benefits employers who know the value of creativity, and builds teams that drive 21st century innovation.