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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    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.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • 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


LIBS 440 capstone courses offer seniors the opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, critique and write about their experience in art and design in relation to general education, major fields, senior projects, vocational aspirations, and compelling questions in practice and community.  Thus, the capstone is a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their education: the expectations that they arrived with, the knowledge and skills gained and how these experiences have, can, and will shape their creativity. Through discussion and reflection, students identify articulate, research, write about, and discuss specific issues and concerns that they believe are the most critical in developing an understanding of and evaluating their college experience and its dynamic relation to themselves as artists and designers. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the issues that you think are most important in relation to your studio work and/or yourself as an artist or designer through discussion, personal reflection, research, and reflective writing.
  • Critically reflect on your educational experience at Otis, and its relationship and value to your development as an artist/designer/creator over the past four years.
  • Critically position yourself and your studio work within the larger expanse of the art/design world, your particular field, or conversations in academia/culture.
  • Utilize an electronic portfolio where you will post your reflections and your own work.
  • Demonstrate senior-level critical thinking, researching, and writing skills through an assignment that involves individual choice of topic, independent research, analysis and synthesis of information, and the ability to sustain a convincing argument in a paper of substantial length.
  • Refine your time management skills through assignments that require independent organization of time and effort.