• 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


Students Stage Stories from the Lives of Seniors

Otis students stand with Ralph Seaton, a magician, poet, and one of the seniors that was featured in the performance.

Left to right - Terence Colby (actor), Skye Stevenson, Mary Francis, Angelica Cortez and Ralph Seaton.


This past weekend, Otis College of Art and Design students presented "Painting A Portrait with Words: Life Stages" at the Culver City Senior Center. Under the direction of faculty member, Laurel Ollstein students staged a live reading featuring the stories of four seniors from the center. In groups, students interviewed the seniors, created written and visual elements, and then presented their finished piece for the community. 

Ollstein, who has been running the Creative Action class for several years, said "It's about oral history, it's about sharing stories of people that are different from your life." The class creates a space for intergenerational conversations and discovery, in which Ollstein says, "the seniors get to have this wonderful audience of young people hungry to hear their stories". 

One of the groups featured two-time war veteran, Ken Yoshimoto. For the students, asking personal questions of a complete stranger was daunting at first, but ultimately rewarding. A student in Ken's group described the experience saying that most of the time they were, "really taking in all that he had to share with us, his voice was really compelling and inspiring. To hear all that he has gone through left me in amazement."

All four seniors that inspired the work, Ralph Seaton, Weena Dowes, Laurette Boarman and Ken Yoshimoto, were in attendance as their life stories were brought to the stage. There were many valuable lessons to take from the performance, including these words of wisdom from featured senior Weena Dowes, "I don't see any evidence that there is another life after this, and so I think that it's probably a good idea to live this one to the hilt."

To learn more about Life Stages and see some of the performances in action, check out this video from last year's class. 


Audience at Senior Center

Life Stages was presented at the Culver City Senior Center to a packed house.


Students with faculty member Laurel Ollstein

Life Stages was presented under the direction of Otis faculty, Laurel Ollstein (upper right). 






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