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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.


Keith Downey: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


Collaboration between the composer/pianist Timothy Johnson, Otis alumni Aaron Weldon and myself. The music is from Mr. Johnson's new album "A Guild to Misinterpreting the Past.”

From the outset, one of the main goals of this project has been to find a pragmatic methodology that would be first and foremost effective but also one that would be comprised of tools that are available to all students at Otis. With this in mind, we began with preliminary lens tests. We limited ourselves to Nikon and Canon still lenses (with a few exceptions, i.e., a lensbaby and the Tokina 11mm-16mm.) Our tests favored the older manual Nikon Nikkor lenses. Not only for their sharpness and color rendering but also for their practical mechanical build. We began the project using the RED Canon Lens Mount, coupled with inexpressive adapters that allow us to shoot with the Nikon lenses. Over the course of the project we purchased a Optitek Nikon ProLock Mount. This allowed us to bypass the adapters and mount the lenses directly onto our camera. It should be noted that we did not see any visual lost in the footage while using the adapters.

--Keith Downey
Associate Professsor, Digital Media

Read Final Report [PDF]