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  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.

  • 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.


Concentric Conversations Series

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

OTIS Graduate Public Practice Program Presents Concentric Conversations, Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, February 25-27, 2011


LOS ANGELES – February 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program welcomes educational theorist Christopher Robbins as the keynote presenter for Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, the latest offering in the Concentric Conversations dialogic event series. Robbins will facilitate discussions between artists and educators during a weekend focused on the philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy in relationship to public practice in art. Guided by the writings of critical pedagogy scholar Henry Giroux and other educational theorists and activists, the weekend’s conversations, case studies by artists, and public presentations will explore the common pedagogical ground between art and education. Voice is free and open to the public.

Participating artists and educators in this Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27 event include Otis faculty members S.A. Bachman, Krista Caballero, and Malik Gaines; Karla Diaz of Slanguage; Sean Dockray and Caleb Waldorf of Public School; Ken Ehrlich, Ashley Hunt, and Unique Holland of the Alameda County Department of Education; Chris Johnson and Dont Rhine of Ultra-red; and Otis MFA students speaking on their project Dismantled.

Christopher Robbins is Associate Professor of Social Foundations at Eastern Michigan University. His research interests include critical and public pedagogy, the interrelationships of social and educational policy, racism and racial inequality, and the impacts of criminalization and militarization on schools and public culture. He is the author of Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling (SUNY, 2008).

Organized by Suzanne Lacy and Sara Daleiden of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program, the Concentric Conversations series encourages discourse among Los Angeles cultural practitioners. The Graduate Public Practice Program is the only educational curriculum in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, focusing both on collaborative and individual art production.

For further information about the Graduate Program contact:
Otis Graduate Public Practice Program
1657 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 846-2610

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.