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  • 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
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • 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.

  • 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.


Luxury Furnishings Designer Christopher Guy Harrison to Receive Honorary Degree

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

Otis College of Art and Design is honored to announce that renowned designer Christopher Guy Harrison will receive an honorary doctorate at the commencement ceremony of the 2014 graduating class on May 11, 2014.

Christopher Guy Harrison

“We see in Christopher Guy Harrison a shining role model for young creative professionals who seek to make a lasting mark on the world.”

Los Angeles, CA, (PRWEB) May 07, 2014

Otis College of Art and Design is honored to announce that renowned designer Christopher Guy Harrison will receive an honorary doctorate at the graduation of the 2014 class on May 11, 2014. Otis commencement ceremonies will be held on the college’s main campus at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

A modern-day design legend, Christopher Guy Harrison is an internationally renowned designer whose luxury furnishings brand Christopher Guy is known for its elegant fusion of contemporary mood and classic values. A few years after selling his first mirror frame at Harrods in London in 1994, Harrison established vast workshops in Indonesia. Within a decade, the Christopher Guy brand of luxury furnishings and decorative lifestyle accessories was a global sensation, with showrooms in more than 40 cities throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Christopher Guy creations adorn grand hotels and luxury resorts around the world, and have appeared in such Hollywood movies as Casino Royale and The Devil Wears Prada. Harrison has garnered numerous awards, including the 2004 Outstanding Design award by the British Interior Design Association, and the 2011 Design Icon award by the Las Vegas Design Center and World Market Center.

“At Otis, we see in Christopher Guy Harrison a shining role model for young creative professionals who seek to make a lasting mark on the world,” says Otis Provost Kerry Walk. “His work, the very symbol of elegance, has inspired a generation of designers and earned the appreciation of a global audience.”

Born in Britain but raised in Spain and France, Harrison currently resides in Singapore, London, Los Angeles, and New York. As he states, "My international background allows me to draw on inspiration from everything I experience around me, taking elements from different periods of history and transforming them into designs of what I hope are elegance and sophistication."

In conjunction with Commencement, Otis College of Art and Design’s Annual Exhibition, May 9–11, is open to the public, and showcases work by all members of the Class of 2014. Communication Arts senior George Martinez has been named Valedictorian. George has focused on graphic design in both digital and traditional formats. An army veteran who spent five years in Iraq, George is a natural leader who has initiated award-winning independent collaborative projects.

May 9 -11, 2014
9045 Lincoln Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045
Free parking off La Tijera Blvd.
(310) 665–6800

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.