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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Invista Sponsors Student Swimwear Design Project

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Students Get Lessons in Working with Xtra Life LYCRA® Fiber Best Swimwear Designs Presented on the Runway May 8 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2010 – Fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches on a collection of swimsuits they created with the support of INVISTA, makers of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. INVISTA provided sponsorship dollars, fabric and education on the benefits of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber to college students in the fashion design program at Otis. Eighteen juniors - working under the direction of professional designer and student mentor Trina Turk - have each created a contemporary swimsuit and coordinating cover-up, using fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. The best of these swimwear looks will debut on the runway at the Otis 2010 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Andrea Matousek, Swimwear Marketing Manager North America at INVISTA Apparel, spearheaded this sponsorship project. “Many of the swimwear industry’s top designers are graduates of the fashion design program at Otis. So it made perfect sense for INVISTA to help with the education and training of the next generation of swimwear designers.” Matousek, who participated with Turk in the student design process from design direction, research, sketch selection, and fabric fittings to construction of a final garment, also brought important resources to the college. INVISTA Scientist Andy Blab presented two comprehensive lectures to Otis students and faculty on the benefits and technical demands for incorporating stretch fabrics in garment design. And swimwear textile manufacturer Texollini provided fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber for the student designs. On April 8, executives from INVISTA will serve on the fashion design jury that determines which Otis student designs will be featured in the annual fashion show.

“When industry heavyweights like INVISTA invest time and resources in the education of young designers, they are insuring the future of fashion,” says Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis Fashion Design. “We are thrilled to have INVISTA as first-time sponsors, and look forward to a continued partnership with them.”

The professional designer/mentorship program is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Current and past design mentors for Otis Fashion Design include Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Trina Turk, Bob Mackie, Todd Oldham, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens, as well as top designers from Hurley, Quiksilver, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. Past and present design project sponsors include Swarovski, Cotton Inc., Nike, Nordstrom, and Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber.


Media inquiries, please contact Sheri Mobley

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.