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O-Launch Exhibition Weekend

May 12 - 15, 2022

See New Ideas Take Flight at Otis College

O-Launch '22 is a weekend of in person and virtual programs that showcase the future of art and design through the work of Otis College of Art and Design’s talented graduating students. Highlights included the campus-wide Annual Exhibition and fashion show on Saturday, May 14, and the Otis College commencement celebration on Sunday, May 15, featuring special guest speakers and honorary degree recipients.

Attending our Annual Exhibition in-person? Download a map of the campus with information about where departments are showing work.

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Launch Schedule

Otis Toy Design Workshop

Fine Arts Senior Exhibition (In Person)

May 9-15, Monday-Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Noon - 9 p.m.  |  Galef Building

The Fine Arts Department is happy to welcome viewers to its first in-person Senior Exhibition in 3 years. The exhibition, titled Left By The Door, reimagines the studios and gallery spaces following the return to in-person classes and includes painting, photography, sculpture, and video, in a thoughtful installation conceived and designed by the students.

Otis Toy Design Workshop

Toy Design 25th Anniversary (In Person)

Thursday, May 12 | Otis Toy Design Department | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

To commemorate this exciting milestone, the department will host an Exclusive Party for Otis Toy Design Alumnx. Attendees will enjoy a unique VIP review of 2022 Toy Design graduates. Food and drinks will be served.

Industry Preview with Employers

Industry Preview (In Person)

Friday, May 13 | Campuswide | 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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 exhibited throughout campus and enjoy meeting the Class of 2022! 

An exhibition of past Fashion Design program student work will be on display on the third floor of the Anne Cole building during Annual Exhibition. Junior and Senior fashion projects will be showcased at the fashion show on May 14 only.

VIP Opening Reception at Otis College

Opening Reception (In Person)

Friday, May 13 | Bobrow Thomas Green | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Our opening reception welcomes Alumnx and Friends of Otis College to preview graduating student work and the Annual Exhibition. The evening will include complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres as well as a chance to network with the art community.

Otis College Annual Exhibition

Annual Exhibition (In Person and Online)

Saturday, May 14 | 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Family and Friends | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

This campus-wide event will showcase graduating student work across the College’s BFA and MFA programs as well as Interdisciplinary Studies. Experience our 2022 Virtual Annual Exhibition online.

  • BFA and MFA Programs
    • BFA Programs:
      • Kathleen Holser Ahmanson Hall
      • Galef Center for Fine Arts
      • Mei-Lee Ney Design Studio
      • The Forum
      • Anne Cole Building
    • MFA Programs:
      • MFA Fine Arts: Group Show at Bolsky Gallery.
      • MFA Graphic Design: Kathleen Holser Ahmanson Hall
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    The Interdisciplinary Studies program will be participating in the Annual Exhibition celebration for the first time this year. On the 3rd floor of Ahmanson we will display highlights of work by students with minors in Advertising Design, Art History, Book Arts, Community Arts Engagement, Contemporary Clay, Creative Writing, Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Illustration, Product Design, Sustainability, and Teacher Credential Preparation.

Otis College of Art and Design Fashion Show

Fashion Show (In Person)

Saturday, May 14 | Campus Commons | 7:45 p.m.

The Fashion Department hosts its annual runway show, featuring the work of the Junior and Senior class. This year’s 2022 theme, Agents of Change, highlights sustainable design principles, exploring eco-friendly and smart design solutions to amend the future of the fashion industry. The fashion show demonstrates mastery of skills developed under the tutorage of industry professionals like Michelle Kwak for NIKE, Kourtney Morgan for Patagonia, Rhuigi Villaseñor for RHUDE, Costume Designer Trish Summerville, Rosemary Brantley, Zaid Affas, and Kevan Hall.

Limited standing space available for the general public.

Commencement (In Person and Online)

Sunday, May 15 | Westin Hotel LAX | 12:00 p.m.

O-Launch ‘22 will culminate in Otis College’s Commencement ceremony to be held at the Westin LAX Hotel on Sunday, May 15, 2022. During the event, the College will award honorary degrees.

This is a ticketed event. For more information on tickets, please visit the Commencement page. Watch a Livestream of the 2022 Otis College Commencement Ceremony.

Otis students at commencement ceremony
Ceramic Design at Otis College

Otis Ceramic Student Sale

Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 | Clay Studio, Galef 114

The Otis Ceramic Student Sale returns in person! This event holds historic meaning beginning with Peter Voulkos in the 1950s, Helen Watson and Robert Glover in the 1960’s and 70’s, Ralph Bacerra in the 1980’s and 90’s, and Joan Takayama-Ogawa since 2011. During the pandemic, the online Ceramic Sale continued the tradition. Email questions to takayama@otis.edu.

“Los Angeles is a thriving hub of creativity and Otis College is at its heart. After two years of remote exhibitions, we look forward to a full weekend of in-person events and invite everyone to come celebrate a new generation of artists and designers.” — Charles Hirschhorn
President, Otis College of Art and Design

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/Parking page for details and for information on how to download a campus map. Please visit our 2022 Commencement page for information on parking at the Westin LAX Hotel.

The 2022 O-Launch Exhibition Weekend is made possible in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


COVID-19 Guidelines: We strongly recommend that all event attendees are fully vaccinated and boosted. We also strongly recommend the use of masks indoors or when in close proximity to others. A person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if they have received a primary series of either Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines and one booster shot.