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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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About Otis

Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.

At Otis we promote excellence, innovation, and rigor in education within a caring, collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to be individualistic, passionate, and joyful in their approach to art and design.

As Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis College is located on the west side of Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California’s creative community. The nearby coastal communities of Venice, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica are home to many of Los Angeles’ most important art and design studios, as well as headquarters for many leading film, digital imaging, and toy companies.

You and Otis

Throughout your stay, the Office of Admissions is available to answer questions about Otis and applying to a college of art and design. All Summer of Art students are invited to drop in any weekday at 4:00pm to speak with an Admissions Counselor and receive an informal portfolio review.

Otis BFA Scholarship Award

One student that completes the Summer of Art program with outstanding artistic and academic achievement and meets the Otis GPA requirement will be selected to receive an $80,000 scholarship award towards tuition for Otis College of Art and Design, to be paid out over the course of four years.

“The teachers here at Otis are serious about their teaching, they teach you new things, and make you work hard. They support you, but at the end of the day you have to put your part into it." -- Benjamin Rocha, Recipient of the 2013 inaugural Otis Summer of Art Alumni BFA Scholarship Award

Facilities

Main Campus

All courses, with the exception of Fashion Design, are held at the Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith main campus.

Fashion Campus

Fashion students travel by courtesy shuttle to Otis’ campus at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles three days per week.

Access to the following labs is determined based on specific Summer of Art Specialization Courses:

Computer Center with the latest Mac OS and Windows workstations including large format scanners, digital projectors, and wide-format color printers

Frederick Monhoff Printing Lab

Letterpress Studio

Photography Lab and Lighting Studio

Video Lab

Wood, Model, and Metal Shops

All students have access to:

Abe and Helen Bolsky Gallery
Exhibits include student work

Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibits include local and international artists

Café

The café provides a diverse menu that includes hot entrées, salads, and snacks. The campus is within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.

Millard Sheets Library

The library houses approximately 40,000 volumes, including books, exhibition catalogs, and DVDs, and maintains over 150 current periodical subscriptions, mostly in areas of Visual Arts. Summer of Art students may use the library, but are not eligible to check out materials.