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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.


Esteemed New York Times Art Critic in Los Angeles


Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

New York Times Senior Art Critic Roberta Smith will visit Los Angeles as Otis College of Art and Design’s Critic in Residence, Fall Semester 2013.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

Roberta Smith, the acclaimed Senior Art Critic for the New York Times, will be Otis College of Art and Design’s Critic in Residence, Fall Semester 2013.Roberta-Smith

Roberta Smith was born in New York City, raised in Lawrence, Kansas, and earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1969. An alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery before becoming a professional art critic in the 1970s, contributing to Artforum and serving as a senior editor for Art in America. In 1981, she became Art Critic for the Village Voice before moving to the New York Times in 1986. In 2003, the College Art Association honored Smith with the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

“We are honored to host Roberta Smith as our Critic in Residence this semester,” said Otis President, Samuel Hoi.


The Critic in Residence program of Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department has been in existence since 2001. Outstanding critics are invited to share their work and ideas with the Otis community, as well as with the larger Los Angeles community through teaching, studio visits, and public lectures.

Los Angeles continues to capture the art world’s attention, and we take great pride in welcoming a leading voice from New York to join the conversation.

This year, Otis College of Art and Design, Santa Monica College Art Department, and the Santa Monica Associates present a free public lecture by Roberta Smith:

WHAT: “ART CRITICISM IN THE EXPANDED FIELD” - A public lecture by Roberta Smith, who will discuss the ways criticism has changed: the effects of the Internet, blogging and tweeting on writing “print” criticism for a daily newspaper, as well as the expansion of the art world itself and the kinds of art being made.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Parking is available at New Roads and on Nebraska Avenue (northern border of the New Roads campus) between Stewart and Centinela.

Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu or by calling 310 665-6885.

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.