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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • 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

  • 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.


Otis College of Art and Design announces strategic partnership with lighting industry leaders

Please contact Randy Lavender for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6988 / rlavender@otis.edu

Otis strategic partnership with lighting industry leaders
Lighting Design Master's Degree

Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic partnership with four lighting industry leaders to develop a best-in-class Architectural Lighting Design Master’s degree program.  Leadership partners include entrepreneur, author, American industrialist, and CEO of LF illumination, Jack Zukerman; CEO & founder of The Lighting Design Alliance and veteran lighting designer Chip Israel; leading lighting designer and partner with Kaplan/Gehring/McCarrol Architectural Lighting, Michael Gehring, and award-winning lighting designer and founder of Sean O’Connor Lighting, Sean O’Connor.

In partnership with these lighting design entrepreneurs, Otis will research and develop a fully accredited Master of Fine Arts degree program that promises to provide the lighting design industry with well-trained lighting design talent. Graduates of the program will be adept in best practices in the essential areas of lighting functionality, efficiency/sustainability, human factors, fixture/product design, and aesthetics in lighting interior and exterior landscapes. A state-of-the-art facility will feature an experimental lighting lab, computer lab, teaching and learning spaces, and program office.

“I am truly excited to be part of this partnership,” said Mr. Zukerman. “Otis is an outstanding college that produces top art and design talent. There is a huge demand for lighting designers today, especially on the West Coast, but too few people have the training or skills. This program can help bridge that gap.”

The partnership, to be known as the Lighting Design Advisory Council, will seek additional lighting design leaders and funding opportunities to design the most robust program possible. Capital and in-kind gifts are sought from leading lighting design firms, manufacturers, foundations, trusts, and agencies. 

With this new MFA program in place, Otis will advance its mission of preparing diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision, and continue its long tradition of partnering with industry to develop talent pools that nurture the creative economy. 


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.