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Academic Excellence: Carolyn Moskowitz

The Class Valedictorian is selected from the pool of undergraduate Academic Excellence Award recipients by a special committee consisting of the Provost, Vice Provost, and several faculty members who hold appointments in two or more departments.


Carolyn Moskowitz, Valedictorian, was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on concept art in both digital and traditional formats. In the words of Digital Media Chair Harry Mott, Carolyn is a tremendously gifted and hardworking artist and designer who is generous with her time and always ready to help others. An amazing talent, she creates the most surprising and gorgeous solutions to story and design challenges. She is a force to be reckoned with, and she would be honestly surprised to hear that said of her; she is so modest. She truly embodies the aspirations of the College.


Why Otis?
I wanted to pursue a career in the arts, with a focus in concept art and illustration. Otis has a wonderful reputation, and I was
happy to be accepted.


Agoura Hills, California


Your thesis project?
I reinterpreted Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” and designed characters, creatures, and environments.


Interesting things you did outside of school?
I was quite busy during college so I did not participate in extracurricular activities. However, I celebrated my graduation with a family trip to Hawaii, which I enjoyed very much!


Most influential class?
I really enjoyed the “Drawing the Fantastic.” I have a passion for drawing characters and creatures.


Most influential faculty member?
I’ve had many great teachers but Bill Eckert and Gary Geraths were most supportive to my growth as an artist.


Favorite place in L.A.?
Disneyland, California! I am most fortunate to have an annual pass and take frequent trips to “The Happiest Place on Earth!” For me, it is a place of inspiration and beauty.


Impact on your work/life?
I interned under faculty member Cecil Kim at Section Studios in 2012, where I worked on art for video games and mobile games.


What’s next?
I am currently a freelance artist.


Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I am an avid collector of pressed pennies. You can find them almost anywhere, and I really enjoy building my collection.


Information/tips to share with future students?
Work hard, listen to your teachers, and remain confident in yourself—and if all else fails, go to the cafeteria and get yourself a delicious hot chocolate for 50 cents. When you’ve been up for 48 hours straight, it will pick you right up!