• Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency


    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.


    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011


Commencement 2017 in Photos

Otis College of Art and Design's 2017 Commencement Ceremony

On Mother's Day, Otis College of Art and Design held its 2017 Commencement Ceremony in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College. Remarks by college president Bruce W. Ferguson, honorary degree recipient Thom Mayne, and valedictorian Hana Siobhan O'Regan all urged the new graduates to use their creative practice as a vehicle to move the world, and themselves, forward. 

"To be a professional creative person is always a sustained act of courage," said Otis College president Bruce W. Ferguson in his opening remarks. "The arts in all its forms do offer a difference to the unquestioned logic of society. Our 2017 graduates will inscribe new stories, create new spontaneities, perform and play with new forms, sustained against mediocrity."

Commencement speaker Thom Mayne echoed his sentiments, highlighting the unique role that art and design play in the evolution of humanity. "The arts are uniquely capable of critically revealing aspects of ourselves, the world around us, and the relationship between the two. They are our anchor." Mayne, one of the world's leading architects, is the founder of Morphosis and has over forty years experience contributing to leading academic institutions and the study of architecture. He went on to encourage the graduates to work at their own pace, embrace the difficult, and continue to push the boundaries of their practice. "Your creativity will sustain you, in many ways, largely by its reciprocal potential, the rich feedback loop of a continued questioning that is embedded in the creative will."  



"As artists and designers, we have a powerful set of tools, the first of which is our imaginations," valedictorian Hana Siobhan O'Regan ('17 Communication Arts) remarked. "One thing I know we've all learned at Otis is that there's always another solution. The skills we've spent years honing at Otis, creativity, ingenuity, daring, innovation, those are our superpowers and we can harness them for good as long as we put our minds to it." The Valedictorian award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work represents the pinnacle of academic excellence. Chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance and the exceptional quality of her work, Hana hopes to utilize her design to bring attention to the overlooked, the unconsidered, and the ignored.

President Ferguson recognized Teaching Excellence Award recipients J.T. Steiny, Joanne Mitchell, and Jessica Ngo and provost Randall Lavender recognized the Academic Excellence Award recipients, a student from each program department chosen based on their academic achievement, quality of work, and personal character. The newly minted alumni, representing all seven undergraduate programs and four graduate programs, also displayed work at the college's Annual Exhibition.

Family and friends greeted their graduates after the ceremony with flowers, balloons, and heartfelt congratulations, see highlights from the weekend below. 


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