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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event

    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.


  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures

    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.


  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.



Graduate Graphic Design Radar

Sep 2, 2014
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OTIS MFA 3, departing grads catalog, designed by Visiting Faculty, Jan en Randoald, Summer 2014

thanks gents for your efforts much appreciated!

Aug 23, 2014
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Made in L.A. 2014 catalogue designed by Kimberly Varella and Tanya Rubbak. Congrats OTIS MFA/BFA graphic design faculty Tanya…a w e s o m e ! ! !

WAY TO GO Tanya and fellow designer Kimberly. This post seems to be racing around the globe. Well deserved and good for LA graphic design (and OTIS :)
Aug 22, 2014
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Dana Kramer

congrats to Dana Kramer, MFA GD alum, project done at Otis posted on this great site…

Aug 20, 2014
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Summer 2014…

A L L   D O N E  

Aug 19, 2014
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SUPER SUPER CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! MFA 2015 class/completion of credits summer 2014.   

Aug 19, 2014
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Well done MFA 1 Jessica; Faculty: T. Rubbak + R. Buchanon

Aug 19, 2014
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Thanks to the MFA 1 students who each produced some inspiring work. Sydnee, welcome ! ! ! Faculty: Tanya Rubbak and Riah Buchanon

Aug 19, 2014
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Already missed: Davey Whitcraft + Stefan Schäfer

super workshopping!

Aug 7, 2014
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Schematic of Pinar and Viola’s music video for “GO”

otismfagraphicdesign  - Summer 2012?

Jul 29, 2014
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thanks LAVA for the great blurb on: http://lavalab.nl/ miss you guys!!!!