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  • 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.  




    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.


Otis Symposium Draws International Design Stars to Los Angeles

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

Otis College of Art and Design will host its bi-annual symposium, Untitled: Variations in Design Practice, Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11 AM – 5 PM. This event is open to the public with limited seating.

Los Angeles, CA June 13, 2012

Otis College of Art and Design brings internationally recognized guests and attendees to its bi-annual design symposium. Kali Nikitas, Chair of Otis Graduate Graphic Design, brought together designers, artists, and educators from around the world whose work exemplifies alternative practice and innovative collaboration. “One of the great highlights of the MFA Graphic Design Program is hosting incredible talent for workshops and lectures,” says Nikitas. “There is no better way for our students to start their summer session. The energy generated is infectious when committed designers, artists, educators, and students come together ... magic!”


Ludovic Balland (Basel, Switzerland) – Award-winning Swiss type specialist known for his innovative typographical investigations and editorial design.

Hugo Puttaert of Vision and Factory (Brussels, Belgium) - Graphic designer, educator, and editor who investigates the crossovers between graphic design, typography, new media, architecture, and art. Teaches at Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

James Goggin of Practise (Chicago/ UK) - Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, working across various media: from typefaces, visual identities, and stationery, to exhibition design, mobile platforms, video, and textile design.

Hanjse van Halem (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Installation artist, curator, and graphic designer whose books, typography, and drawings make use of geometric patterns and pen illustrations in combination with traditional Dutch graphic design craftsmanship.

Boy Vereecken (Brussels, Belgium) - Editorial designer, researcher, and publisher interested in semiotics of design and editing. Boy runs a studio in Brussels, is a member of the Slavs and Tartars Art Collective, and is Advising Researcher in the design department of Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

Peter Bil’ak (The Hague, Netherlands) – An important figure in Dutch design who focuses on editorial, graphic, and type design, Peter teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, writes for various magazines, and lectures frequently on design-related topics.

Jan en Randoald (Gent, Belgium) – Partner in the collaborative studio of Randoald Sabbe and Jan W. Hespeel that specializes in graphic design, typography, prints, and other artistic explorations.

The symposium was made possible in part by a generous grant from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.


Saturday, June 16, 2012
11:00 AM – 5 PM
Party and Swap Up Shop Immediately Following at 5 PM.

Otis College of Art and Design
Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free, park in the main parking structure level A and above, or street parking.

Space is limited to 100 seats, reservations on a first come first serve basis.
To reserve a space, please email Barbara Edison: bedison(at)otis(dot)edu

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.

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.