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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    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


“Faces of the Creative Economy” Event to Highlight L.A. Based Creative Entrepreneurs

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2014
Media Contact: Rachel Horning, 310-251-9084 and Rachel@laxcoastal.com


(Los Angeles, California – March 14, 2014) On Thursday, April 10 from 6-9PM the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Otis College of Art and Design will co-host a panel discussion on the “Faces of the Creative Economy,” inspired by the quickly emerging creative, media, technology and economic prowess of the Los Angeles region. With innovation at the core of many creative and technology-based companies emerging throughout the Los Angeles area, this event will provide Angelenos with an opportunity to celebrate local product design and technology-focused entrepreneurs.

The event will begin with a brief overview of the 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy, presented by Kimberly Ritter-Martinez, Economist, Kyser Center for Economic Research, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Current panelists include: Jen Bilik, founder of Knock Knock, a product design company based in Venice that “puts the fun in functional” through the production and sale of witty products including office, organizational, and bedtime related objects;  Ryan and Adam Goldsten, co-founders of Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) and former basketball and football players at the University of Southern California. APL is “dedicated to providing exclusive high-performance athletic footwear and apparel products utilizing a combination of breakthrough technology, advanced materials, and innovative product design.” The event will end with a set from Sycons, solar powered DJ’s Mark X. Farina and Matthew Horne.

Otis’ Director of Foundation Relations Christine Leahey welcomes the public to campus and remarks, “The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy documents that Los Angeles and California are creative capitals of the nation. In partnership with the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to put a face to this phenomenon with thought-provoking, accomplished professionals who are driving cultural and economic change.” Rachel Horning, head of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce technology initiative Connect to Tech L.A. adds , “We are thrilled to offer this sneak peek into the creative products developed and distributed by our hand-selected panelists. It’s important to showcase local entrepreneurs whose ideas contribute to reshaping Los Angeles as we know it.”


The event is open to the public.


About LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
Since 1953, the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead on meaningful issues affecting the business and residential communities it represents. The Chamber works to promote business and support the communities of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Del Rey, Playa Vista and LAX. Additional information is available at www.laxcoastal.com.


About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.