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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


Otis President Samuel Hoi Announces Plans to Step Down After 14 Years

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College Provost Dr. Kerry Walk Named Interim President
Samuel Hoi

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 10, 2014) – Thomas Miller, chair of Otis' board of trustees, announced today that Samuel Hoi will step down as president of Otis College of Art and Design (Otis) in early summer.  Hoi has accepted the position of president at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and will assume his new position on July 1st. Miller also announced that current provost Dr. Kerry Walk has been appointed interim president and will assume her duties upon Hoi’s departure in May.   Search plans for the college’s next president are already in progress.

 "President Hoi’s impact on the growth and prosperity of Otis over the past fourteen years is significant and indisputable” said Miller. “We wish Sammy all the best and now look ahead to new leadership that can take this wonderful school to the next level as it approaches its centennial in 2018.”

Hoi joined Otis as president in 2000. Highlights of Otis’ accomplishments under Hoi’s transformative leadership include the college’s first comprehensive strategic planning and branding efforts, the opening of new facilities such as the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, the North Building, and the Culver City graduate studios; the establishment of a full institutional advancement unit that has led to record highs in annual contributions and alumni giving; and a tripling of the endowment.  In addition, the school established several distinguished academic programs, including Creative Action:  An Integrated Learning Program, Graduate Public Practice, and Graduate Graphic Design.  In 2007, Hoi led the creation of the influential annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy for the Los Angeles Region, which recently expanded to cover all of California.

In addition, Hoi has been a nationally active advocate for arts education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. His leadership roles include board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) from 2004 to 2009, chairmanship of United States Artists from 2011-2013, and membership on the boards of The James Irvine Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Survey Project (SNAAP), and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs.

"Otis has a uniquely powerful educational and social vision, as well as a long tradition of partnering with diverse sectors to elevate the role of art and design in Los Angeles and throughout the region,” said Hoi. “I am deeply grateful for the privilege of having served the college since 2000, and have been continually inspired by the extraordinary talent, dedication and spirit of the Otis community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members. While it is difficult to depart from Otis and its extraordinary educational and community-based mission, I am confident that the great team led in the interim by the gifted Dr. Kerry Walk, coupled with the many exciting plans in place, will take the college to new heights.”

Walk joined Otis as Provost in May 2011.  Prior positions included Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges; Director of Princeton University’s innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program; and faculty and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.  An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.


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.