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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.


Is Los Angeles America's Arts Supercity?

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy to be Released Nov 10, Rocco Landesman of National Endowment for the Arts to Speak


WHAT: The Power of Art and Artists is the theme of the 2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region Presented by Otis College of Art and Design. The report, which includes a 5-year employment projection, investigates the direct and indirect economic impact of industries such as Fine and Performing Arts, Digital Media, Entertainment, Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion, Toy and Communications Arts. This is the fourth consecutive year that Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned this analysis and presented real numbers for the business of creativity in both Los Angeles County and Orange County. The 2010 report will first be released to the public at a special event on November 10 in downtown Los Angeles. The report will be accompanied by a policy brief, “Los Angeles: America’s Artist Super City,” commissioned by the Center for Cultural Innovation.

With an introduction by Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design, the report and its new findings will be presented by Dr. Nancy D. Sidhu, vice-president and chief economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC). This presentation will be followed by a discussion plus question-and-answer session moderated by James Canales, president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation. Guest speakers are Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Ann Markusen, economist, professor and director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs. Event sponsors (to date) are the James Irvine Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles, The Castle Press, toy maker Mattel and athletic footwear/apparel company NIKE.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentations

WHERE: Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles CA 90012

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Open to the public, especially to business, cultural, civic, legislative, philanthropic, educational, and community leaders, as well as artists, designers and other creative professionals. Cost to attend is $25 until Oct 29, $50 thereafter and $15 for Otis College Alumni. Additional information and registration available at http://archive.otis.edu/econregister10

MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Mobley 323 668-0874; smobley@mobleymarketing.com


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.