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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
     
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here.
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

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Fine Arts

Alumna Eleana Del Rio

Fine Arts alumna Eleana Del Rio ('89) grew up in the San Fernando Valley and found herself inexplicably drawn to the arts; there was no one in her family who had been in the art world. She now directs the Koplin del Rio Gallery in the vital Culver City Art District "

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Alumnus Tim Biskup

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Beginning his career in studio animation, Tim Biskup (‘88, Fine Arts) developed his skills as a draftsman and technical painter before jumping into the world of fine art. Now Biskup’s work is exponentially more eclectic, and has been described as “a dense, character driven style inspired by mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy.” [MetroArtWork]

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall

Marshall ('78), born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, lives and works in Chicago. He received an honorary degree from Otis in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. He was one of the artists featured in the PBS series on contemporary American art "Art in the 21st Century." In 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Alumnus Bryan Hunt

Born in 1947, Bryan Hunt ('71) was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, and studied architecture in Florida. He moved to California and earned his BFA at Otis, and then attended the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.

Alumnus Barry Le Va

Barry Le Va ('64, MFA Fine Arts '67), born in 1941 in Long Beach, studied architecture and math before Otis, where he first “knocked art off the pedestal,” exhibiting directly on the floor.

Alumnus Dean Tavoularis

Identifying Dean Tavoularis (‘55, Fine Arts) as Francis Ford Coppola’s production designer does not fully encapsulate his design career in and beyond Hollywood. His rich collaboration with Coppola led to such classics as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, One From the Heart, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders, Tucker, and New York Stories.

Alumnus George Chann

George Chann (‘45, Fine Arts) was born in Canton, China in 1913 and at age twelve, he emigrated with his father to California. With a solid training in Impressionist techniques, Chann painted poor blacks, Chinese, and Mexicans, especially the aged and the orphaned. He is best known for Chinese calligraphy-incorporated abstract expressionist paintings, which he began producing in the ‘50s.

California African American Museum Features Fine Arts Faculty

Hard Edged illustrates the rich interplay of tradition, innovation, and individual talent among a group of forty-six visual artists of African descent for whom geometrical abstraction is their choice of expression. Through their abstractions, these artists address such important issues as feminism, identity, colonialism, stereotypes, family relations, and social justice.
 

Alumnus George Maitland Stanley

George Stanley (‘24, Fine Arts) sculpted one of the most famous (and smallest) statues in the world — The Oscar statuette — which he fabricated based upon a sketch by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons in 1927. Since then, more than 2,300 statuettes have been presented to some of the world’s best film and television actors, writers, directors, producers, and technicians.

Benji Okubo

Born in Riverside, CA in 1904, Benji Okubo (‘29, Fine Arts) became renowned as a noted painter of Japanese ancestry. He was active in L.A. from the ‘20s through the ‘40s. As one of many American-born children of immigrants, Okubo expressed himself through art and enterprise. in 1935,the epicenter of this activity was the Dragon's Den, a Chinatown restaurant for which owner Eddy See commmissioned a remarkable mural painted by Okubo, Tyrus Wong ('32) and Marian Blanchard, that depicted the Eight Immortals and a dancing dragon.

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