Events
  • Joint Venture

    Dec 10| Exhibition
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    Joint Venture is a group exhibition of collaborative projects by artists from ECF’s Inglewood Art Center and students from Otis College's Creative Action class, Uniquely Abled, taught by Michele Jaquis and mentored by Marlena Donohue.

     

    December 8, 2016 - January 6, 2017

    Gallery Hours M - F 11am - 3:30pm

     

  • LA Portfolio Day

    Jan 15| Special Event
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    Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to host the Los Angeles Portfolio Day on January 15, 2017 from 12-4pm!

    Bring your portfolio for an informal review by representatives from art and design schools, and learn about their programs of study. Portfolio Day events are held across the country, high school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Tuning the Room

    Jan 28| Exhibition
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    Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room

    January 28 - April 16, 2017

    Ben Maltz Gallery

  • Opening Reception

    Jan 28| Special Event
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    In acoustical engineering, “tuning the room” is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York-based artist Anna Craycroft applies this technique both literally and metaphorically to the Ben Maltz Gallery for her exhibition Tuning the Room. Craycroft’s exhibition asks that we consider how the specific characteristics of an environment shape our experience within it, and how we become attuned in return.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

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Fashion Design

Fashion Leaders Challenge the Next Generation

Each year students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program work directly with professional designers to create one of a kind collections. Acting as client and mentor, each designer gives an assignment, known as a direction, for students to research and present sketch solutions. 

PUTTING A RING ON HAUTE COUTURE

After falling in love with fashion design, Claire Pettibone honed her craft at Otis College and wove vintage elegance into a lifelong career. The daughter of two Otis College alumni, Pettibone was born a true romantic with design in her blood. Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, she channeled that inspiration into her own designer lingerie line, which was soon picked up by department stores around the world. She followed that success with the creation of a couture bridal collection, further developing the reaches of her vintage-inspired lifestyle brand.

'Essence' : How One Young Designer is Conquering Hollywood’s Fashion Scene on Her Own Terms

Reprinted from Essence, September 22, 2016

With six years of entrepreneurship under her belt, fashion designer Jesstia Usher ('10 Fashion Design) shares her journey to success and what it’s like working with one of the biggest new faces in Hollywood.

Metro Bike Night Features Fashion Designs from the Class of 2016

Hundreds of people came out to Union Station for Bike Night 2016 on May 27. This was the third annual celebratory close to Bike Month (previously Bike Week) and was the most successful yet. There were the usual tables by the familiar and well-loved nonprofit groups, some new faces from local businesses and, of course, the anchor Metro table with this year’s offbeat way to have fun with biking: a temporary tattoo parlor. (You may remember the blender bike from previous years.)

Metro 3rd Annual Bike Night Featured Otis Fashion Designs

Metro Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Bike Night, held on May 27th, featured a fashion show of student designs that were created in a collaboration with Todd Oldham for Metro.

34th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Apparel News

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

At the most recent event, on May 7, 750 guests gathered in the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills to celebrate the work of Otis juniors and seniors under the direction of Brantley, who is retiring from her position as founding chair of Otis’ Fashion Design program.

Otis College of Art and Design Presents 2016 Fashion Awards to Modern Lifestyle Brand Joie, and American Designer Jenni Kayne

LOS ANGELES, CA - (May 7, 2016) – Tonight Otis College of Art and Design honored the new vanguards of California luxury at its annual art and design awards. Jenni Kayne, creator of the soulful lifestyle brand, accepted the 2016 Style Icon Award and VP of Design, Rachel Wilder-Hill accepted the 2016 Design Innovation Award on behalf of contemporary comfortable-luxury brand Joie at the black-tie gala, held at the Beverly Hilton.

Otis Fashion Design Ranked #1 by College Magazine

College Magazine has ranked Otis' Fashion Design program as the '#1 School for Fashionistas'. College Magazine is a daily online guide to campus life reaching millions of college students nationwide.

Apparel News Celebrates Legacy of Fashion Chair Rosemary Brantley

When Rosemary Brantley walked up the stairs in 1980 to the newly established fashion design department at the Otis College of Art and Design, then located near Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, she found only one office with a single telephone plugged into the corner and four classrooms.

As a fashion designer for such well-known labels as Jaeger and Kasper for Joan Leslie, she had never been a teacher, knew very little about running a college fashion design department and didn’t have a clue about academia.

Alumna Evelina Galli Creates New Activewear Line for Model Peggy Moffitt

Like many modern-day fashion school students, designer Evelina Galli ('01 Fashion Design) quickly found herself enamored of iconic sixties supermodel Peggy Moffitt during her studies at Otis College of Art and Design. Cut to the present, when the 2001 alumni and recipient of a Rudi Gernreich (who famously created the first monokini, modeled by Moffitt) scholarship has found her way into collaborating with the Mod style star on an activewear collection.

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