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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.


    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
  • 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.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Mitra Rajabi: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


In fall 2011, I was the privileged recipient of an Otis Faculty Development Grant in support of attending The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Annual Fashion Show, in Antwerp. The Grant was given in an effort to study the school’s educational system and the current student work showcased in their annual Fashion Show, on June 7th, 2012. The Royal Academy will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2013.

During my journey, it became clear that these young Belgian designers were directly inspired by their environment. Their creative concepts are resolute reflections of the vast cultural and artistic resources that surround them. Inspiration can be found in their architecture, in the beauty of their natural world, their eclectic culture, the array of eminent avant-garde designers, the plethora of world-class museums and artwork that can be found around every corner. The MOMU, or Mode Museum, which houses the Fashion Department of The Royal Academy, provides the students daily exposure to some of the most exquisite authentic and historical costumes from all around the world. As a result, students are blessed with a perpetual abundance of material that nurtures their creativity.

I look forward to sharing my experience in the form of a PowerPoint presentation with Otis fashion design students as well as fellow faculty members in the fashion department. Students will benefit greatly from examining The Royal Academy’s creative process. They will have an opportunity to bear comparison between two schooling systems, which will provide them greater insight into this creative field.

--Mitra Rajabi
Fashion Design

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