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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • 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.  

  • 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 College and Ryman Arts Collaborate

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.


Advanced High School Art Education Program Held On Otis Campus Starting in Fall 2011


LOS ANGELES – May 24, 2011 – Ryman Arts, an arts education program that fosters the education of talented young artists in Southern California, and Otis College of Art and Design, the first independent college of art and design in Southern California, today announce a dynamic new collaboration. Ryman Arts' free, advanced studio art classes for high school students will be held on the Otis campus beginning in September 2011.

"We are thrilled to work with Otis," says Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts, citing a "vital need" to provide professional fine art classes to talented teens, fostering their artistic and personal growth. "This collaboration is especially exciting because it offers gifted teen artists the opportunity to learn in a creative environment, along with the added inspiration of being on the campus of a major professional college of art and design."

"The synergy of this partnership is a natural fit. Otis links students to careers and opportunities that power the economy, better the world, and forge a more sustainable future for all," notes Otis President Samuel Hoi. "Otis students and faculty will serve as great role models for Ryman Arts students, and Ryman Arts will further enliven the Otis community."

"Visual arts programs in our schools continue to decline, dropout rates remain unacceptably high and too few teens envision a path to college or a successful life in the arts," says Brigham. "Ryman Arts is addressing this trend by serving the growing number of high potential youth who need a creative and supportive learning environment."

"Nearly all Ryman Arts graduates go on to college and many ultimately pursue careers in the arts," says Marty Sklar, President of the Board of Ryman Arts. "As we begin our 22nd year, our graduates are well-positioned to meet the demands of creative industries, and our collaboration with Otis will further strengthen that aspect of our program."

Application to Ryman Arts' advanced studio art program, which includes 12-week semesters that teach drawing and painting classes at a college level, is open to all high school students with talent, passion and motivation. The program is designed to help young artists achieve their dreams by strengthening their art skills, while also preparing for college and an arts-related career. Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the 3-½ hour classes will be held on Sundays at Otis College of Art and Design in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. Applications for the Fall 2011 semester are currently available at www.ryman.org. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to Ryman Arts by June 17, 2011.

According to Brigham, plans are underway to add a second university site in central Orange County, as part of Ryman Arts' long-range plan to grow by creating a constellation of additional studios, serving even more talented artists from a broader geographic region. "Approximately 10 percent of our current participants come from Orange County," Brigham says, "so adding a second campus will serve more teens there and also free up space to enable more Los Angeles area students to participate in our program at Otis."

About Ryman Arts
Ryman Arts, a leading art education program in Southern California, is a national model for transforming the lives and futures of young artists. Meeting a vital need to foster the artistic and personal growth of talented high school students, the program provides rigorous sequential instruction in foundational drawing and painting skills, free of charge. Ryman Arts students also build self-discipline and confidence, and receive college/career guidance, helping position them for future success. Since its inception in 1990, Ryman Arts has grown from a single class for 12 students, to 20 classes year round for 300+ talented high school students, most from low-income neighborhoods. To date, the program has engaged more than 4,000 Southern California teens in its core 18-month program, and provides outreach activities to thousands more students from inner-city schools, ensuring access for students with the greatest need. The program began in honor of legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman. For more information visit www.ryman.org or call 213-629-2787


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.