Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
    More

    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
    More

    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
    More

    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

O-Tube

Waste not, want more

Two years ago, Otis fashion design students Han-Na Aku Jun and Sanna Ho turned disposability, one of fashion’s fundamental truths, on its head.

A long-held industry belief was that if garments didn’t go out of style each season, designers would be out of work.

As part of Otis’ partnership with Hurley and Nike, these students used Nike’s Considered index to design a series of appealing high fashion garments designed to do the unthinkable—keep consumers from returning to the store.

Features such as reversible fabrics and ties instead of zippers give these garments an extendable life, making the outfits wearable day after day, season after season, and year after year. Detachable collars and cuffs minimize trips to the cleaners, and when a hood transforms into a dress, the garment can go from the hiking trail to the haute couture runway in a moment. And fashion isn’t the only aspect of the apparel that’s sustainable.

The resulting clothes are so reusable and trend-proof that some designers might consider the Considered index an act of self sabotage. But Otis’ Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley calls it “the most inspiring project in all the years I have spent at Otis.”

At Otis, you’ll work with designers who view art as a world with no rules; who have the fearlessness and integrity to create fashion that’s visionary, even when what’s visionary isn’t fashionable—yet.

Learn more about Fashion Design at Otis

 

 

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist