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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • 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
  • 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.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • 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.


Michael Wright: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


I was awarded a technology grant spring semester 2007 to integrate the Otis Library portfolio program into my spring semester Studio Visits Class.

The Studio Visits class is offered to sophomores in the Digital Media Program. The class focuses on careers in the entertainment industries and tools that will assist students in gaining meaningful employment. The class introduces the different types of careers through visits to over 20 professional studios during the course of the semester. The tools developed during the class are a professional looking resume, cards and letterhead, interviews with leaders in the field, researching of media companies, and the creation of a professional looking reel to use in obtaining an internship or employment.

I have noticed over the last two years that in addition to the reels more companies were starting to view websites as a method of seeing a prospective employee’s body of work. So it was not unusual for a studio dept head to e-mail other players to look at a web site instead of calling a meeting to review a reel. In the industry this saves both time and money.

The building of a website by students is becoming more essential in today’s working environment. This is where the portfolio program stepped into the spotlight. Both my classes were required to do websites. The students found these positive features using the program.

  1. The introduction of the portfolio program was very easy…the program is template driven and very easy for the student to learn and setup.
  2. It gives each student a site that will represent them to the world, that is flexible in terms of change and growth. Each of my students will have a site by the end of there sophomore year that can change and grow as they do.
  3. It really motivated students to create and finish work in other classes so they had work to show on their site.
  4. This site is free to the student and will remain so after they complete their education here at Otis.
  5. It gives everyone of my students an invaluable tool for their career early in their educational experience that allows them to show their work to the world.

Several of my students presented their work to the Academic Assembly on April 25 2007 at the end of the meeting. It was a twenty-minute presentation presented in 10 minutes. At the end of most of these meetings people are up and headed for the doors. In this case although the meeting had ended, they sat mesmerized by what they were seeing of the screen. I believe after that after this presentation of the excellent student web sites created with the portfolio program many instructors will now include building a web presence will be come part of their curriculum.

Portfolios of other Digital Media Students are available through O-Space Spots.

--Michael Wright
Digital Media

Image from the Portfolio of Nick Escasany

Image from the Portfolio of Nick Escasany

Image from the Portfolio of Chris Barischoff

Image from the Portfolio of Chris Barischoff