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    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.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • 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.


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Alumni Win California Community Foundation Fellowships for Visual Artists

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 22 emerging and mid-career Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $385,000 in unrestricted grants. Otis alumni Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) and Raul Baltazar (’09 Fine Arts; ’13 MFA Public Practice) were named as two of the recipients.

Public Practice Alumnus Daniel French in Antelope Valley Press

Antelope Valley Art Outpost is a creative placemaking project that supports regional vitality through innovative, artist-driven projects in the unincorporated communities of Littlerock and Sun Village. In creative placemaking, public, private, nonprofit and community sectors partner to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place by leveraging creative assets to support community development.

Alumna Paige Tighe Featured in KCET Artbound

The Transgressive Act of Holding Hands on the River

By Carren Jao 
Over the past few months, the Los Angeles River has been a political issue. It has been the center of debates about social equality, health, and fiscal feasibility. The Los Angeles River has been so buried in these laden terms that it's easy to forget this waterway is first and foremost a place where real people gather, where they seek shelter legally or illegally, where residents come to simply commune with others.

KCET Feature on Alumna Lili Bernard

Lili Bernard: Fighting Trauma With Art

By Liz Ohanesian

KCET Artbound Features Graduate Public Practice's Antelope Valley Art Outpost

Antelope Valley Art Outpost: Building Community in the High Desert

By Evan Senn

Public Practice Faculty Misael Diaz Wins SPArt Grant

Grants Help Southern California Artists Make Work in the Social Sphere

By Carolina Miranda
An  art-making project with former prison inmates, an interactive broadcast at a Los Angeles swap meet and a collective that will create a new space for women to learn and create. These are three artist projects selected to receive $10,000 grants from SPArt, a grant-making organization based in Los Angeles.


Take care of each other. Being an artist is a hard road. The only way to succeed with sanity and joy is to support one other and avoid jealousy.


Bogotá, Colombia, and Edison, N.J.


Why Otis?
I was looking for a program that would support my interests in both art and activism, and Otis was the right choice.


Conversation with Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy

 Graduate Public Practice and the 18th St Arts Center present a conversation with
Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy about social and political
actions demonstrated in an art practice and public performance.
Dana Yahalomi is founder and leader of Public Movement, a performative
research body that stages public political actions; Carolina Caycedo is an
L.A.-based artist whose work engages the public, and Suzanne Lacy,
Chair of Otis' MFA Public Practice program, creates large-scale
public performances and installations.

Graduate Public Practice

A profile of MFA Public Practice described by the Founding Chair Suzanne Lacy. Shows students and faculty at work, as well as some discussion about benefits of being in Los Angeles.

KCET Feature on Graduate Public Practice Alumni's Mobile Mural Lab

Art on the Run: Roberto Del Hoyo's Mobile Mural Lab

By Sonya Fe