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  • 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.  




    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


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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.

Admissions Welcomes You...
Throughout your Otis experience, the Admissions office 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 accepted Otis undergraduate applicant who 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.

“It’s a great place to grow and make art! People here want to make work. Students and teachers drive me to develop ideas and process them.” -- Alexa Nakumura, Recipient of the 2014 inaugural Otis Summer of Art Alumni BFA Scholarship Award

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

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.