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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
     
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here.
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

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Steve McAdam

Steve McAdam
Founding Academic Chair
Teaches In
Education: 

MFA, Film/Design, California Institute of the Arts

BFA, Film/Animation, California Institute of the Arts

Bio/Affiliation: 

Steve McAdam is an educator and award-winning designer in product design, packaging, graphic design, animation and film.  His career began as a child actor, working on a variety of television shows that included; Riverboat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, Whispering Smith, Wagon Train, Cimarron City and others.

As an undergraduate in film at Cal-Arts he worked as an assistant animator for television and motion pictures on Hanna Barbara, Jay Ward, Mirakami-Wolf and Pantomime Pictures cartoons, and on the feature film Yellow Submarine.  He also interned as a camera assistant on the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter and as a post-production assistant on the academy award winning documentary Woodstock.  In graduate school he worked as a documentary filmmaker for public television, directing and editing the biographical documentary series on famous scientific figures entitled “The Living Legends”, which aired on KCET and the BBC.

He was the former Director of Product Design at Mattel Toys in Infant/Preschool, Games, and the Activities/Entertainment groups and working on brands that included Barbie, He-Man, See N’ Say, Disney, Nickelodeon, Wham-O.   As a graphic design, illustrator, he worked as a freelance political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and illustrated numerous educational books, children’s books, and a line greeting cards.  In advertising and packaging design he started the packaging department for Prism Entertainment in Century City.  As Vice President of Creative Services for the Leo Paper Group and Leo Luxe Packaging a global printer and product manufacturer he has worked in the publishing, gift and stationery and packaging industries and conducted creative workshops with clients that include; Hallmark, Disney Publishing, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Studio 100, Coppenrath, Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Rand McNally, Zondervan, Nordstrom, Starbucks, to name a few.
He has taught Toy Design and Cartoon Illustration and Storyboarding at UCLA and is the Founding Academic Chair of Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design.

AWARDS/HONORS: 

Awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Awards for best educational documentary, 1974, 1975

Toy of the Year Award, Mattel, 1987

China Print Award, 2009

PUBLICATIONS:  

Visioneering and the Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging News, 2014

The Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging Digest, 2014