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    May 05| Exhibition
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    Graduate Fine Arts Final Exhibition featuring work by

    Soo Yun Jun 
    Delia Perez Salinas Tijerina 
    Yasmin Than
    Sean Cully
    Rachel Indergaard 
    Kristy Baltezore 
    Angie Kim 

  • View work by the next generation of creative professionals in

    Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
    Communication Arts: Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration
    Digital Media: Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, Motion Design
    Fashion Design: Costume Design
    Fine Arts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres
    Product Design
    Toy Design

    Graduate Fine Arts

  • Welcome to I Hope the Wind Don’t Blow, a look into the nine month process of interactions between a graduate class of eight students of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Program in Public Practice, and the communities of Sun Village, Littlerock and surrounding areas of Antelope Valley. The presentation begins with a public reception Saturday, May 9, 6-8pm. 
     
  • View work by the next generation of creative professionals in

    Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
    Communication Arts: Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration
    Digital Media: Animation, Game & Entertainment Design, Motion Design
    Fashion Design: Costume Design
    Fine Arts: Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres
    Product Design
    Toy Design

    Graduate Fine Arts

  • CLASS OF 2015 COMMENCEMENT!

    The 2015 Otis Commencement Exercises is scheduled for Sunday, May 10,  2015. The ceremony will be be held at 3:00pm locally at Westchester Park, due to limited space available on campus as a result of the Campus expansion project. More details on Commencment will be emailed to students during the Spring 2015 semester. Please save the date for commencment.

    For questions or comment related to ALL commencement related matters, please contact Mike Luna, Director of Student Activities at (310) 846-2595.

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Benji Okubo

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Born in Riverside, CA in 1904, Benji Okubo (‘29, Fine Arts) became renowned as a noted painter of Japanese ancestry. He was active in L.A. from the ‘20s through the ‘40s. As one of many American-born children of immigrants, Okubo expressed himself through art and enterprise. in 1935,the epicenter of this activity was the Dragon's Den, a Chinatown restaurant for which owner Eddy See commmissioned a remarkable mural painted by Okubo, Tyrus Wong ('32) and Marian Blanchard, that depicted the Eight Immortals and a dancing dragon. Celebrities like Walt Disney and the Marx Brothers came to see the murals, and See opened a small gallery to sell his friends’ work.

During the ‘30s, the WPA brought students together with nationally-known artists such as Stanton McDonald-Wright.

During WWII, Okubo continued painting despite his internment at Heart Mountain, Wyoming. In his most active period, Okubo exhibited at Mission Inn (Riverside), 1933; See Gallery (LA), 1933; “Southern California Artists” at the San Diego FA Gallery, 1934; “Painters & Sculptors of LA,” 1935; “Oriental Artists of LA,” 1936; and Foundation of Western Art, 1937.

Today the Japanese American National Museum in L.A., through an NEA grant, supports the conservation of Okubo's paintings.