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Solo Exhibitions

2017-Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles: Inside the Jewel Box

2011-Craft in America Study Center-Los Angeles, California

Found in America: Americana Assemblages and Patriotic Puns

2007-Craft and Folk Art Museum-Los Angeles, California

An American Love Story: The Art of Ramona Otto

2005-Los Angeles City Hall

Oh Say Can You See, The Flag Art of Ramona Otto

Group Juried Exhibitions and Museum Shows

2017 Santa Clarita City Hall and Santa Clarita Arts Association, Santa Clarita, California-

The Stars and Stripes Imagined
2012-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Pop Culture 2012-Recycled-Museo Museum- Anaheim, California
2011- Recycled-Museo Museum- Anaheim, California
2011-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Building 2010-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Knowledge 2009-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Language 2008-Arizona Museum for Youth-Mesa, Arizona-Full Circle 2008-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Vision 2007-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Harmony

2006-Out of the Box-Art Expressing Life-Women Beyond Borders Exhibition- collaboration with author and Academy Award nominee Fannie Flagg-Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, California

2006-Tarfest-Festival of Film, Music, and Art-Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California

2006-Collage Artists of America-Valley Institute of Visual Arts-Sherman Oaks, California- Exhibition 2006-George Herms, curator

2006-Zimmer Museum-Los Angeles, California-The Art of Time
2005-Tarfest-an event of Los Angeles Conservancy-Crafting the L. A. Experience- Craftand Folk Art Museum-Los Angeles, California

Honors

2017 The Stars and Stripes Imagined-featured artist on the show postcard and promotional materials

2014-Huffington Post–Featured Artist in 50 Arts by actress Rita Wilson 2013-Folk Art Council featured artist home tour

2010-Art with Cultural Folk Stories-Presentation, Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Public Library, Senior Arts Foundation and Arts and Community Forum

2007-Solo Show, An American Love Story: The Art of Ramona Otto named by Angeleno Magazine as one of the Top Ten Things to Do in LA

2006-2007-Zimmer Museum-The Art of Communication featured artist on poster, website, and promotional materials

2006-Watch Dog featured in Beverly Hills Garden and Design Showcase at the historic Greystone Estate-Barbara Lazaroff Designs

2006-City of Santa Monica website-Great Wall of China selected for Santa Monica Treasures

2006-Jewish Federation-featured artist in the Wilshire Boulevard window

2006-Zimmer Children’s Museum-The Art of Time featured on the invitation, website, catalog, and promotional materials

2006-Standstrong-Citracal’s website honoring women (artist’s story and photo) 2006-Folk Art Society-featured artist home tour

2005-Tarfest-So.California Flag-Selected for the poster, press/promotional materials for Tarfest: The Festival of Film, Music, and Art sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy

2005-Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles-honoring Ramona Otto, Artist, Educator

2001-2005-Watch Dogs-Ad Campaign for the American Cancer Society-full page ads featuring me with my art appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle

2001-2005-Watch Dogs-Promotional materials for the American Cancer Society at pharmacies around the nation

Publications/Press

2016-American Craft Magazine, “Otto in Wonderland”, April/May issue pages 60-67 2015 Where Women Create Magazine, “Ramona Otto”, August/September/October

issue pages 74-83

2015 Labor of Love Magazine, “Ramona Otto”, issue 3, pages 70-81

2014-HGTV Magazine, “30 Reasons to Smile”, September issue, page 90

2014-Country Living Magazine, “The New Art of Collecting”, June issue, page 93

2014-Never Stop to Think by Mary Randolph Carter, Creative Director of Ralph Lauren, Ramona Otto: The Artist of Found Objects, pages 150-170

2014-RL Magazine, “A Passion for the Hunt”, promotional magazine for Ralph Lauren 2011-American Craft Magazine-Ramona Otto: Red, White, and Beauteous
2011-Art Slant, Los Angeles
2011-Santa Monica by Jeffrey Crussell, curator and gallery owner

2008-The StudioTour:California-Lucas and Kathie Cichon
2008-Creative Home-Better Homes and Garden-Featured Artist: All American-Fall 2008

2008-Show and Tell: The Art of Vision. An International Art Exhibition- pages 16, 17, and 156

2008-Trinity-CD and record for recording artist, Clair Marlo-Front cover (Gardenian Angel from The Great Wall of China), back cover and CD and record paper label (Millennium Heart)

2008-Clair Marlo: Rediscovered-CD for recording artist Clair Marlo-Front and back cover art (Love-from The Great Wall of China) and interior art (Millennium Heart)

2007-Voyage-Boxed CD set of David Crosby’s music-artwork (My Country ‘tis of Thee from the collection of Graham Nash) included in the booklet

2007-Coagula Art Journal: Review by Scarlet Cheng: Ramona Otto at Craft and Folk Art Museum

2007 Summer Issue-Today: Alumni Magazine of the University of Northern Iowa: Art and Motion: The Creative Spirit of UNI Alums-Featured article: Hidden Treasures: The Art of Ramona Otto by C. J. Hines

2007-April-Yogi Times-Cultural Attractions: An American Love Story
2007-Zimmer Children’s Museum-Show and Tell: The Art of Harmony, Jeffery Allen

Communications, pages 100, 101, 160 2007-February-Angeleno-Calendar Top Ten: An American Love Story

2007-February-Save the Date Magazine, full page feature Craft and Folk Art Museum: An American Love Story

2007- Beverly Press-February 1, 2007 Something to Bark About 2007-Larchmont Chronicle-February 1, 2007-An American Love Story 2007-Eco-Artware.com: Featured Article: Exhibitions: Ramona Otto 2007-Venice Magazine: Delightful Works by Ramona Otto
2007-March 1, 2007 LA Times Calendar Weekend:
2007-Gateway-promotional material for the Mirman School for Gifted Children 2006-Art and Living Magazine, Issue #4, No Stone Unturned

2006-Zimmer Children’s Museum-Show and Tell: The Art of Time Jeffery Allen Communications, pgs. 6,7, 104

2005 -LA Weekly-Tarfest Promotional Material
2005-July 11-Grinnell Herald-Register-Oh Say Can She See...and Do! Where’s Ramona

Otto Now?
2005-Meridian-Mrs. Otto: Teacher, Artist, and Patriot

2004-Issue # 14 Autumn-Artitude-From the Hands of Ramona Otto 200l-November-Ranger Rick, National Wildlife Federation-Watchdogs and Other Stuck-

On Art

2001-2005-Watch Dogs-Ad Campaign for the American Cancer Society-full page ads featuring me with my art appeared in Time, Newsweek, People, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle

2001-2005-Watch Dogs-Promotional materials for the American Cancer Society at pharmacies around the nation

Selected Collections and Commissions

A. F. Gilmore Company-Historic Farmer’s Market/The Grove-Los Angeles, California Elayne Boosler-comedian, writer, and founder of Tails of Joy
CBS

-Bob Barker, host of The Price is Right

-Roger Dobkowitz, producer of The Price is Right
Corinna Cotsen-trustee Washington University, Craft in America, American Craft Council, and Craft and Folk Art Museum
John Francis-CEO Francis Capital Management
Susan and David Heckerman-Microsoft Research
Tess Harper-actress,Academy Award Nominee
Barbara Lazaroff-restaurateur. co-owner, and interior designer of Wolfgang Puck Restaurants
Michael LaFetra-LaFetra Foundation, Foundation Films, Rain Bird Corporation, architectural expert, real estate investor
Betsy Aubrey and Dr. Steve Lichtenberg, art collectors
Clair Marlo-singer, composer, producer
Susanne Meline-board member of Craft in America
Mirman School, Los Angeles-John West Art and Artifact Collection
Susan and Graham Nash-singer, composer, photographer
Jana and Phil Oates- Chairman at Buzz Oates Group of Companies, Phil and Jana Oates Foundation
Julie and Dean Parks-noted studio musician

Emo Philips, comedian, writer
Julia and Jon Poll-director, producer, writer
Julie and Barr Potter- President and CEO of Immersive Entertainment
Ruth and Blair Ratcliff-physicist and researcher at Stanford University
Tails of Joy-Elayne Boosler-founder, Los Angeles, California
Trash for Teaching, nonprofit
Carol Sauvion-creator and producer of the PBS series Craft In America and owner of Freehand Gallery
Vicky Simms-Mann-Ronald A. and Victoria Mann-Simms Family Foundation Venice Art Walk
Robert and Dawn Walker-actor, gallery owner, commissioned piece made from his mother’s belongings (Jennifer Jones, Academy Award winner and Mrs. Norton Simon) John Wells-producer, director, writer
Noah Wylie-actor

Selected Reviews and Quotes

“Her work might be best described as contemporary mixed media in a folk art tradition...Enchanting and clever as they are, Otto’s pieces are also purposeful and intellectually challenging. They invite us to think-really think-about big ideas: love, justice, spirituality, patriotism, culture. There is subtle social commentary and occasional sharp irony, but it’s always delivered in a playful way, with heartfelt optimism...objects to boggle the mind, melt the heart, and drop the jaw...”

-Joyce Lovelace, contributing editor of American Craft Magazine

“One of the great joys of going over to Ramona’s studio is that I know I will laugh. And in this cynical world, we need all the smiles we can get. Ramona crosses that beautifully thin line between ‘folk’ and ‘now’. And, yes she’s always been one of the ‘now’ artists.”

-Graham Nash, singer, songwriter, photographer, artist, producer, activist

“Otto has established herself as a contemporary sculptor working in Los Angeles...But Otto’s most spectacular artistic achievement is her home, jam-packed with her imaginative folk inspired creations...a folksy fine art mecca...”

-Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post: Arts and Culture

“Ramona Otto is an artist who creates works that honor the tiny obscure discarded treasures of our lives. She is a forager of bits of stories that have fallen away and once rescued by her unwavering belief and eye create a larger narrative with a rare beauty and underlying irony. She makes us stop and smile and then look closer at her painstakingly detailed work. She is today's artist recycler at the very highest level! “

-Mary Randolph Carter, creative director and senior executive at Ralph Lauren Corporation, author

“An important contemporary artist, Ramona Otto makes art out of everything. Her assembled and collaged objects, both sculptural and two dimensional, excite the eye and activate our thinking about culture, personal landscapes and history. Both popular and particular, her artworks, created from bits and pieces of discarded possessions and souvenirs, are the “stuff” that dreams were made of. Ramona takes these objects on a new journey of invention.

Puns, wordplay and nostalgia inhabit Ramona’s work, but they are just the beginning of the investigation. The artist documents without judging and we, in turn, come to our own conclusions as we examine her work. What pleasure we derive from the journey her pieces take us on.”

-Carol Sauvion, creator and executive producer of the Peabody Award winning PBS series Craft in America

REVIEWS ON AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY: SOLO SHOW AT CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

“Her first public exhibition recently took place at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, an institution successfully turning itself into a must-visit on LA’s cultural map...each of Otto’s pieces is...an astonishment of inventive reuse...elaborate use of material and construction...What a breath of fresh air to see work so joyous, so sincere, so lovingly made.”

-Scarlet Cheng, Coagula Art Journal, senior lecturer Otis College of Art and Design

“Top Ten...Our absolute not-to-miss picks for February.” -Angeleno Magazine

“..delights and engages visitors in witty word play, romantic accounts and unexpected

surprises.”

-Decorative Arts Council, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art

“...features the delightful work of this local, self-taught artist and narrates her love of American history and whimsical storytelling.”

“...notable exhibition...”

-Venice Magazine -L. A. Times.com