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New York Times: Building Coachella’s Giant Art

Over the weekend, there’s a good chance your social media feeds were flooded with photos and video from Coachella.

Over the past two decades, the music festival has become a kind of unavoidable cultural juggernaut, famously spawning not just scores of imitators, but also an entire season on the fashion calendar. 

The Drawing Board

On any given day you might find senior Aaron Gonzalez sitting in the Commons drawing ideas; in the printmaking lab creating his own sketchbooks; or at the skate park next door to campus, an added bonus of going to Otis College of Art and Design. He might be hand-lettering announcements on the chalkboard in the Communication Arts office where he works part-time, or utilizing the campus laser-cutter in the 3D printing shop.

AIGA Eye on Design: Silas Munro

“Weekend With” is a new series that explores the world of design through the eyes of a designer on their days off. Our last installment took us on a typographic tour of Chinatown with Tracy Ma. This week, Silas Munro, founder of poly-mode, assistant professor at Otis College of Art and Design, and an advisor and chair emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts, takes us through a typical weekend in his adopted home of Los Angeles.

Scratching the Surface: Silas Munro

Silas Munro is a designer, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles. He’s currently an Assistant Professor in Communication Arts and MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design, Advisor, Chair Emeritus in the MFA program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and his work and writing has been published in many forms around the world.

Artists Magazine: This Artist Tells the Stories of People of Color in Black and White

“People of color have to live with the burden of past and present discriminations and injustices every day,” says artist Kohshin Finley. “The subjects I paint have only become stronger because of this burden, and have not become weakened by it.”

Finley’s contemporary portraiture was submitted to Artists Magazine’s Annual Art Competition. The raw power of his stark, emotional art paints a light on racial discrimination in the U.S.

From Conversations to Powerful Portraiture

With Love From Otis College

Otis College is nearing our Centennial celebration, and this Valentine's Day we wanted to spread the love and celebrate the places and communities that keep us inspired all year long. The art and design communities, here in Los Angeles, as well as internationally are united by our passions and have never been more vital in creating a future we can all share. We love you and thank you for continuing on this journey with us.

Graphic Design USA's Students to Watch in 2018: Janis Ahn and Jacob Witt

Graphic Design USA's "Students to Watch in 2018," list has just been released and features two Otis College seniors. Designers Janis Ahn ('18 Communication Arts) and Jacob Witt ('18 Communications Arts) were chosen among students from leading design programs all around the country. Learn more about Janis and Jacob in their GDUSA interviews below.

Reprinted from GDSA 

Painting the Untold Stories of Los Angeles

Los Angeles native Noah Humes’, (BFA Communication Arts, Illustration ‘17) work straddles the line between fine art and illustration, with a particular focus on depicting Black history and culture. At Otis College, he found the freedom to tell untold stories and develop his signature style.

Hana Siobhan O’Regan: Bringing Craftsmanship to Digital Design

Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

Graphic Design USA's Students to Watch in 2017

Noah Humes ('17 Illustration) and MJ Balvanera (MFA Graphic Design) are featured in Graphic Design USA's "Students to Watch in 2017," an annual list that recognizes the top talent entering the professional design community. Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) chooses students from leading design programs around the country. Learn more about Humes and Balvanera in their GDUSA interviews below.


Reprinted from GDUSA...