• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.5 by Michiel Riedijk at MOCA.


    Michiel Riedijk regularly lectures at universities, cultural institutions and symposia worldwide. His theories and writings on architecture have gained international recognition from fellow architects and scholars. The work of Neutelings Riedijk Architects has received worldwide appreciation through numerous publications, international awards and exhibitions around the world. - Neutelings Riedijk Architects


Don't Miss These End-of-the-Year Shows

Alumni, Faculty, and Student Exhibitions are Happening All Over Los Angeles

Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

Currently at the DAC Gallery, Joint Venture features works of art created by adult artists of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) paired with undergrad students in a variety of art and design majors from Otis College of Art and Design. Joint Venture is part of an Otis College course titled 'Uniquely Abled', designed by instructor Michele Jaquis to broaden our assumptions about the limits of creativity and to offer students, faculty, and the public an opportunity to appreciate the fascinating range and quality of diverse artistic expression. The exhibition will be on view through January 6, 2017. 


Roll Call

Artist Gajin Fujita / Kidz Gone Bad, 2016 

"Sometimes artists make the best curators. And sometimes galleries organize better exhibitions than museums," praised the Los Angeles Times of Gajin Fujita's ('97 Fine Arts) Roll Call on view through January 14, 2017 at L.A. Louver. Special events include a panel discussion Neighborhood Offerings: 6 Artists on their L.A. on Tuesday, December 13 at 7pm and a Life Portraiture workshop on Saturday, January 7 at 1pm. RSVP to (310) 822-4955 or 


Jeffrey Vallance: Now more than ever.

Jeffrey Vallance, The Octopus of Life, 2016 / Courtesy of Edward Cella Art & Architecture

Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) has a one-person exhibition Now more than ever. at Edward Cella Art & Architecture. The exhibition, which is on view through December 31 has been highlighted by the Los Angeles Times and Artillery among others. 

Several Otis College artists are exhibiting in group shows:

  • Sandow Birk ('89 Fine Arts) and Fine Arts faculty Laida Lertxundi who are showing as part of Land of the Smokes: Landscapes and Los Angeles at LAST Projects gallery in Hollywood. Special events for Land of Smokes include a closing reception featuring a curated film screening by Lertxundi on January 12, 2017.  
  • Katy Cowan (’14 MFA Fine Arts) is currently in a three-person exhibition Top Heavy at Cherry and Martin gallery on view through January 14, 2017.
  • Chris Oatey (’06 MFA Fine Arts) is showing in the group exhibition Abundant, Bountiful, and Beautiful at the Long Beach Museum of Art through March 19, 2017.
  • Shiva Aliabadi's (’14 MFA Fine Arts)  work is included in British Invasion at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA through January 22, 2017.


Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

Untitled (Studio) 2014 © Kerry James Marshall / Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Live in New York City? Make sure to see Kerry James Marshall: Mastry at The Met Breuer before it ends on January 29, 2017.  The exhibition, which continues to receive critical acclaim, will end its three-city tour in Los Angeles in March 2017

If you are an alumnus and would like us to include your exhibition in this or future posts, please send information to

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