Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Summer of Art

NEW DATES! Summer of Art 2016: July 5 - July 29

Registration is now open!

 
Immerse yourself in a dynamic, creative environment with other students who are passionate about art and design. This summer, build and develop your creative and artistic skills while exploring a specific medium or aspect of art and design.


This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art and design skills, as well as students with limited art training, are invited to participate. To receive a 2016 Summer of Art brochure by mail just fill out the Rush Me Info form. Questions? Please call 310.665.6864, email soa@otis.edu, or contact us here.

Courses
Small classes ensure personalized, in-depth learning. Rigorous course work includes hands-on studio courses and labs in your chosen Specialization Course (three days per week) and/or Foundation Studio Course (two days per week). Classes meet 9:00am - 4:20pm, Monday through Friday. (Some outside work is required.) 2 units of college credit for Specialization Courses and 1 unit of college credit for Foundation Studio Courses are awarded to eligible students upon successful completion of the program.

English Language Immersion
The Otis Summer of Art English Language Immersion courses are designed to provide a creative environment to expand one’s competency of the English language while developing skills and knowledge of art and design. For more information check out the English Language Immersion Program page.

Faculty
Summer of Art courses are taught by award-winning instructors who are practicing professionals, many of whom teach in Otis' undergraduate and graduate programs. Contact with these instructors provides a glimpse into the working lives of professional artists and designers and introduces you to many career choices in art, design, and related fields. See faculty bios.

Final Exhibition
On the last day of the program there is a final exhibition of student work. You and your instructors will select your best work for the exhibition. The work is displayed throughout the campus, giving you the experience of being part of a gallery show with your peers, while sharing your artwork with family and friends.

Housing Program
Optional student housing is available for an additional fee for students between 15 – 18 years, who are enrolled in the full 5-day per week program. Students reside in one of Southern California’s most desirable communities. Students live in a furnished apartment near Otis College of Art and Design.  A trained Resident Assistant resides in each apartment unit providing supervision for the Summer of Art residents. All resident students participate in organized evening and weekend activities such as beach trips, variety shows, museum visits, and dances. See the Housing page for complete housing information.

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