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O-Launch Exhibition Weekend

May 10-12, 2024

See New Ideas Take Flight at Otis College

O-Launch is a weekend of in-person and virtual programs showcasing the future of art and design through the work of Otis College’s talented graduating students. Highlights include the campus-wide Annual Exhibition, the Fashion Show and Industry Night, and the commencement ceremony featuring special guest speakers and honorary degree recipients.

O-Launch Campus Map

O-Launch Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 10

  • Annual Exhibition: 5:00–10:00 p.m.
  • Otis Ceramic Student Sale: 5:00–9:00 p.m.
  • MFA in Fine Arts and MFA in Graphic Design Open Studios: 6:00–10:00 p.m.
  • Industry Night Opening Reception: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Book Sale: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
  • Fashion Show: 8:00–9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 11

  • Welcome Back Alumni Brunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Annual Exhibition: Noon–6:00 p.m.
  • MFA in Fine Arts and MFA in Graphic Design Open Studios: Noon–6:00 p.m.
  • Otis Ceramic Student Sale: Noon–6:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

Otis College Commencement in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College: Noon

O-Launch Events

Annual Exhibition student artwork

Annual Exhibition

Friday, May 10, 5:00–10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 12:00–6:00 p.m., Campuswide

This campus-wide event showcases graduating student work across the College’s BFA and MFA programs as well as Interdisciplinary Studies. The MFA programs host open studios concurrently. Visit the 2023 Annual Exhibition website.

Industry Preview with Employers

Industry Night

Friday, May 10 | Campuswide

Employers representing Los Angeles' creative industries will connect with graduating Otis College students who are shaping the future of art and design. Employers will have an opportunity to view senior projects from every department exhibited throughout campus and enjoy meeting the Class of 2024!

VIP Opening Reception at Otis College

Opening Reception

Friday, May 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m. | Bobrow Thomas Green
Career Services Employer Meet and Greet at 7:00 p.m.

Our opening reception welcomes alumni and friends of Otis College to view the Annual Exhibition and experience graduating student work. The evening includes music, complimentary drinks,hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to network with the Otis College community. RSVP coming soon.

Otis College of Art and Design Fashion Show

Fashion Show

Friday, May 10, 8:00–9:00 p.m. | Campus Commons

The Fashion Department hosts its annual runway show, featuring the work of the Junior and Senior class. This year's theme is The Art of Duality. The fashion show demonstrates the mastery of skills developed under the tutelage of seasoned industry professionals.

Fashion Design Work at Otis

Welcome Back Alumni Brunch

Saturday May 11, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Bobrow Thomas Green

Calling all Otis alumni! Join us for a special brunch during O-Launch weekend. Enjoy food, fellowship, and the opportunity to view the work of the Class of 2024. This event is open to all Otis alumni and their families. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus! RSVP coming soon.

Otis College Annual Exhibition

MFA Fine Arts Open Studios

Friday, May 10, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
(Galef Building)

MFA Fine Arts presents its annual open studios on Friday and Saturday of O-Launch weekend. Visitors can explore the individual studios of MFA candidates, meet and talk with the artists, and see firsthand why the Otis MFA program is one of the most vibrant, diverse, relevant, and vital MFA Fine Arts graduate programs.

Otis College Annual Exhibition

MFA Graphic Design Open Studios

Friday, May 10, 6:00–10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
(Ahmanson, 612)

MFA Graphic Design presents its open studios on Friday and Saturday of O-Launch weekend. Visitors can experience student work and learn firsthand what makes the Otis MFA Graphic Design program unique.

Ceramic Design at Otis College

Otis Ceramic Student Sale

Friday, May 10, 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 12:00–6:00 p.m.

The Otis Ceramic Student Sale holds historic meaning beginning with Peter Voulkos in the 1950s, Helen Watson and Robert Glover in the 1960s and 1970s, Ralph Bacerra in the 1980s and 1990s, and Joan Takayama-Ogawa since 2011.

Student Looking at Books

Book Sale

Friday, May 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Teaching and Learning Center, Anne Cole, 160

Don’t miss the Millard Sheets Library Book Sale. Check out new and gently used books, including art exhibition catalogs. All proceeds benefit the Otis College Library.

Otis students at commencement ceremony


Sunday, May 12 | Marsee Auditorium
El Camino College in Torrance, CA
(In Person and Online)

O-Launch ‘24 culminates in Otis College’s Commencement ceremony, held at the El Camino College on Sunday, May 12, 2024. During the event, the College will also award honorary degrees. In-person attendance is by invitation only, however the online presentation is open to all.

Annual Exhibitions Online

Virtual Exhibition


Whether you are an excited family member, a supportive friend, or on the lookout for new talent, explore the work of Otis College’s class of 2024! From dynamic animation to eye-popping designs, the 2024 Virtual Exhibition highlights top work by Otis College’s graduating students.

Our Mission

Established in 1918 as Los Angeles’ first professional school of the arts, Otis College of Art and Design educates a diverse community of students to become highly skilled, well-informed, and responsible professionals—empowering them to shape the world. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar winners, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, entrepreneurs, and design stars.

Join Us

Have questions about where to park? Visit our Maps and Parking page to access directions and our full campus map. Please visit our Commencement page for event parking information. Parking was available in our main college lot which is accessible from La Tijera Blvd. Parking was limited and available on a first come first served basis. Ride share and public transit are highly recommended alternative modes of transportation for O-Launch weekend. Additional event parking was available at the corner of La Tijera Blvd. and Loyola Blvd. Signage was posted to guide visitors.

Los Angeles is a thriving hub of creativity and Otis College is at its heart. Join us for a full weekend of events and celebrate a new generation of artists and designers."
Charles Hirschhorn, Otis College President