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    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.

  • 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.”
  • 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.



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Mark G. Parker to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Prestigious Art School In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (April 30, 2009) – Mark G. Parker, president and chief executive officer, Nike Inc. will attend Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 in Los Angeles. Parker will give the Commencement address and will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Otis College, LA’s first art institute, established in 1918.

“Nike’s long-time support of Otis College, and Mark’s on-going advocacy of young art and design talent, make him the perfect choice to inspire our graduates and their families on this important occasion,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design. “I speak on behalf of the entire Otis College community when I say that Mark Parker - an artist, designer and collector in his own right - truly honors us with his presence at Commencement this year. He shares our conviction that art and design matters socially, culturally and economically.”

Mark Parker has 30 years of extensive Nike experience, across a broad range of leadership roles, from product design and development, to marketing and brand management. Joining the company in 1979 as a designer, Parker has been involved in many of the company's most significant product breakthroughs. He is widely recognized as the product visionary for the Nike Air franchise, as well as many other industry-leading product design and performance innovations. Prior to leading the Nike brand during a period of strong growth and financial performance, Parker successfully ran the company's multibillion-dollar footwear and apparel businesses.

As a designer and CEO, Parker drives innovation and growth across Nike Inc.'s global business portfolio, which includes Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley International and UMBRO. Parker also is focused on continuing to develop leadership talent in the company to support Nike's long-term growth.

Mark G. Parker is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys traveling, being active with his family in an array of non-competitive sports including running, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and sailing. He also continues his passion for sketching, drawing, painting and collecting art.

Previous Otis College Commencement speakers and/or honorary degree recipients include artists David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Beatrice Woods, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin and Bill Viola; architects Frank Gehry, Cliff May and John Lautner; designers Ray Eames, Saul Bass, and Jay Chiat; choreographer Bella Lewitzky, author/curator Richard Martin, costume designer Bob Mackie, actor Cheech Marin and singer/songwriter Graham Nash.

Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, near LAX. Over 250 students from the College’s eleven undergraduate programs and three graduate programs will receive BFA and MFA degrees. This year marks the first time the College will award degrees in Graduate Public Practice.

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.