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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Franklyn Liegel Award

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence

Franklyn Liegel, exhibiting fine artist, Continuing Education faculty member and MFA alumnus, passed away in 2012. This award was named in recognition of Franklyn Liegel’s dedication to Otis, commitment to education, and his own extraordinary ability to inspire others.

Franklyn received his MFA in Fine Arts from Otis  in 1977 (at the time known as The Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County). He was a long-term Continuing Education instructor with a loyal following, beginning in 1979 with courses as Introduction to Painting: Materials and Techniques and Painting Workshop. He also led the College’s Young Artist Studios. Franklyn’s dedication to his students, as well as his ability to inspire others, made him one of the College’s most beloved instructors. He was an accomplished fine artist whose work was exhibited at the Koplin Gallery, Greunbaun Gallery (NYC), Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo), Otis, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, Laguna Art Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Meadows Art Museum (Shreveport, LA), American Embassy (Morocco), Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (Kyushu, Japan), and Art Forum Berlin. He was also the recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Artist in Residence fellowship in Taos, New Mexico, and the Julia and David White Fellowship, Costa Rica.

The teaching faculty is the College’s greatest resource. Accordingly, one outstanding educator from Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs is recognized each year for her/his  commitment to Otis; clear, effective teaching; and ability to motivate and inspire the success of students. While there is no one way to be an outstanding teacher, the award is defined by a set of criteria meant to govern its nominations and selection. The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence is presented to a longstanding instructor who has demonstrated a sustained ability to:
•    Incite curiosity in, motivate, and enhance the success of students
•    Inspire and earn the admiration of departmental colleagues
•    Create a lasting and gratifying impression of an extraordinary educator
•    Challenge students and increase their capacity for independent thought

All Continuing Education and Pre-College Program faculty members who have taught one or more courses over a minimum of three consecutive academic years. Past recipients of an Otis teaching award (within five years) are not eligible.

Nominations for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence 2015 open April 29 and may be entered, via the link below, through May 8 at 9:00pm.

Click Here to Make a Nomination!

Continuing Education students, faculty, and departmental staff may login once to nominate one candidate for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence. Award criteria are considered in the nomination process, and the reason for each nomination is stated.

A committee of administrators, along with the prior year’s award recipient, is convened by the Dean of Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs. The Selections Committee considers four primary factors:
•    Award criteria
•    Student evaluations of teaching
•    Number of and reasons for nominations received
•    Confluence of nominating constituencies (i.e. students, faculty, etc.)
Such selections are complex, and every effort is made to consider all factors that may assist in achieving equitable results.

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence recipient receives $1,250, attends an award luncheon with departmental staff, and is featured in the Continuing Education catalog and OMAG. Award recipients may be called upon to contribute their expertise in College forums focused on matters of teaching and related best practices.