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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • 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.  

  • 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


Annenberg Scholarship Established

Media contact: 
Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 Marc D. Meredith, marcm@otis.edu, (310) 665-6820 

Wallis Annenberg Scholarship Established 12/07

Largest single scholarship award in College’s history

Los Angeles, Calif. (December 18, 2007) – – Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation have awarded $125,000 to Otis College of Art and Design to present one exceptionally artistic and academically outstanding individual with a complete, four-year scholarship to study art and design at Otis.

In Fall 2007, Marc Meredith, Otis’ Dean of Admissions, began working closely with Admissions Counselors to identify outstanding students, and instituted an extensive interview process with potential candidates. The scholarship recipient will be announced in Fall 2008.
The scholarship will be named after Wallis Annenberg. As Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by expanding educational opportunities; supporting arts and cultural institutions; funding cutting edge technology and communications; funding medical research and education; and advancing environmental stewardship. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Wallis is the recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Southern California.

The Wallis Annenberg Scholarship is a significant award, as it allows the College to present a full, four-year scholarship of such great value for the first time in 90 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everybody at Otis,” says Meredith. “Bringing in a student leader has positive and very visible ripple effects. The student challenges others to think, act, and create differently. Most noticeably, the competition elevates and strengthens the quality of everyone’s work.” The Annenberg gift is a major step in the $8 million Otis Scholarship Campaign, a, five-year initiative that will provide merit-and needs-based scholarships to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Few other educational institutions have left such a distinctive mark on Southern California as Otis College of Art and Design. Vital and energetic, Otis’ effect on visual artists and influence on contemporary art movements in Los Angeles cannot be overstated. The Annenberg Scholarship recipient will join Otis alumni and iconic California artists such as John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ken Price who attended Otis in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Alumni from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Bryan Hunt, Barry Le Va, Roberto Gil de Montes, Masamai Teraoka, Bruce Yonemoto and MacArthur Prize-winner Kerry James Marshall set the stage for a host of cutting-edge contemporary artists to explore the landscape of popular culture. Recent graduates such as Alison Saar, Sandow Birk, Gajin Fujita, Patssi Valdez, and Jeffrey Vallance exhibit their cross-cultural work locally, nationally, and internationally, demonstrating both the diversity and impact of the College.


About The Annenberg Foundation
Established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Foundation exists to advance the public wellbeing through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org. 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.