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Dutch presence at Design Week Los Angeles 2015

Dutch Curator Menno Cruijsen coordinates Design Week LA from June 21-27

Sun, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 27  2015

Otis College of Art and Design - San Francisco Consulate Region

Otis College of Art and Design will host internationally renowned artists and designers, facilitating a weeklong community of students, faculty, and visiting artists for Design Week, June 21 – 27, 2015. The theme of this year’s Design Week is “I am the City.”

During this week of International Design Talent in Los Angeles the Dutch are also present. Curator and coordinator of the week is Menno Cruijsen of LAVA Design. Participating Dutch studios are Lu Liang and Cédric Van Parys of OMA.

On the evening of Thursday June 25, the international artists will give an one-collective lecture open to the public at 6PM, on Otis College of Art and Design’s Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus located at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. A public reception will follow.

About Menno Cruijsen

Menno is a Senior Designer at Lava Design. He studied design at Utrecht School of the Arts in The Netherlands. Cruijsen is a strong analytical thinker who unveils complex information and turns it into clear visual language.
He has worked for both commercial and cultural clients and his work was covered by various international design publications. Menno has developed visual identities and dynamic graphic systems for SKOR, ArtEZ, Spoorbeeld, Museum Arnhem, THNK, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Mobile Agency.

About Design Week LA

Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Graphic Design Program hosts its 5th annual Design Week, June 21-27, 2015. Design Week is a core component of the limited-residency MFA program, serving to introduce students to the international graphic design community and explore a range of professional opportunities in the field.

Each summer, visiting artists from near and far come to Otis College of Art and Design to engage with MFA Graphic Design students. Throughout the week, they engage in workshops, one-on-one and group critiques, reviews, and lectures. By the end of each summer session, the students have learned about a wide array of possibilities within the discipline.

This year Otis welcomes eleven visiting artists from Melbourne, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Zurich, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and San Francisco. These guests will host workshops over the course of the week and give one-collective lecture open to the public on the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2014, at 6PM, on Otis College of Art and Design’s Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus located at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. A public reception will follow.

All participating studios will present during the public lecture as well as Takashi Yanai, partner at Ehrlich Architects ( Mr. Yanai will showcase secret places within the city of Los Angeles that speak directly to how design can effect our life on a daily basis and why L.A. is an never-ending resource for pleasure and inspiration.

In addition to current and incoming Otis MFA candidates, the department welcomes students from other institutions to participate during the week. Select schools include: Sint Lucas – Gent, Sint Lucas – Antwerp, Vermont College of Fine Art, and Cal Arts.

“The goal of the lecture is to expose the audience, through short presentations in rapid succession, to a global perspective of art, architecture, and graphic design today. This part of Design Week is always electrifying and inspiring for everyone including the visiting artists themselves,” says Kali Nikitas, Founding Chair of the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis.


Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6PM
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus – Lighting Studio
Admission – Free


Tania Prill, Zurich
April Greiman, Los Angeles
Laurie Haycock Makela, Los Angeles
Field Experiments: Benjamin Harrison Bryant, New York
And Paul Marcus Fuog, Melbourne And Karim Charlebois-Zariffa, Quebec
Lu Liang, Amsterdam And Cédric Van Parys of OMA, Rotterdam
Cameron Ewing of Facebook, San Francisco
Elisabeth Prescott and Michael Jakab, San Francisco

Curator, Design Week theme and coordinator for the week: Visiting Faculty, Menno Cruijsen of LAVA Design, Amsterdam


The limited-residency MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design provides a rigorous and challenging academic and studio environment for candidates interested in enhancing their current professional practice.

Participants select from three individual themes or tracks: social responsibility of the designer in society, typography and type design, or advancing the discipline through theory and innovation. Each track speaks directly to educating conscientious individuals who recognize the value of design and its role in society. Coursework is comprised of research, readings, studio projects (assigned and self-directed), and a final project. The department provides students with instruction by core faculty, visiting lecturers, and visiting artists who are recognized nationally and internationally in their design and art practice.

The program is two years and two months running for three consecutive summers with two part-time spring semesters that can be completed on or off-site. Incoming students begin the program at the start of each summer session.

The program hosts weekly lectures, open to the public, by artists and designers from Los Angeles and beyond.

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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design. Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.
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