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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Linda Hudson: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report


Screenshot of Linda Hudson's website


In Fall, 2005 I received a Faculty Development Grant in support of a website I created as part of a major career shift. This website allowed me to clarify, for myself and to the art and design communities, a unique place my work could occupy between and within both realms aesthetically, critically, and professionally.

I would have never dreamed that beginning a foray into web design would provide the impetus to become a computer literacy convert. Since putting together the opening images for the site I have, as a direct result, begun to see how the computer can help me not only with my design practice, but also with my teaching.

This initiation first provided courage to start using O-Space as a fundamental teaching aid. I next brought my newfound digital skills into my Foundation Creative Practices and Responses classes. Teaching first year students to design a pattern using Adobe Illustrator allowed their original patterns to manifest three-dimensionally using the 3-D "printer," or laser cutter technology. This project supports student learning on many levels: students are able to make more complex and/or interesting works with the aid of Illustrator, and the introductory experience interfacing with the technicians in the wood shop helps them prepare for later work in the major programs.

Developing the website, and the Foundation computer project has also provided me the unique opportunity to stretch my own skills, alongside my students. Presently I am co-designing with Graduate Teaching Assistant, Kristen Foster, a case-study Illustrator project for two Foundation Drawing and Composition sections. In this project each student will design a still-life using a combination of hand-drawn and computer-generated and manipulated images. We are most interested in exploring with students the possibilities afforded by the ability to make quick design revisions, to exploit the software functions of layering, shifts of scale, and hierarchy. The outcomes of this project will be exhibited as photographs in a small exhibition during the Spring 2009 term. If successful, this new project may contribute to the Foundation Program's current curricular focus on introducing new technologies to first-year students.

The challenges and opportunities this project have provided have propelled me—a hands-on, sculpture-trained artist and designer—into the digital age. The website continues to grow, and may grow indefinitely. Current work on the site includes uploading new images from my diverse professional practice, as well as images of my students' work, using a blog. I see this site becoming a great crossover vehicle for a myriad of distinct and shared faculty/student images, ideas, and concerns related to our field. The Faculty Development Committee's confidence in me as a crossover artist/designer, and in the merits of my proposal, are very much appreciated.

Please view the website I created at http://www.lindahudsonstudio.com

--Linda Hudson