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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.

  • 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.


Pioneering Author, Activist, Critic, and Curator Lucy Lippard to Receive Honorary Degree

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

A leading voice in contemporary art and ethical activism, Lucy Lippard will speak to graduating students and receive an honorary doctorate at Otis College of Art and Design’s 2013 commencement ceremonies.
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Lucy R. Lippard
Lucy R. Lippard

Los Angeles, CA, April 30, 2013 — Otis College of Art and Design is honored to announce that Lucy Lippard, seminal thought leader and role model to artists and activists for over five decades will receive an honorary doctorate, and deliver the keynote speech at the graduation of the 2013 class on May 11, 2013. Otis commencement ceremonies will be held on the college’s main campus at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.

Lucy R. Lippard graduated from Smith College (B.A. 1958) and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts (M.A. Art History 1962). She began her career as an art critic, contributing to publications such as Art International and Artforum. Questioning the exclusivity and commercialization of art, she first gained notoriety by advocating for underserved groups and instigating discussions beyond the canon of established critique. Her early writings addressed the schism between art and the “real world” while chronicling the relevance of Post Minimalism and Conceptual Art as potent tools for ideas and activism. Her first book, The Graphic Work of Philip Evergood, appeared in 1966, and the publication of Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object (1973), an innovative work she edited and annotated, recording the contemporaneous evolution of Conceptual Art, further cemented her reputation as a leading voice in contemporary art.

A game-changing activist, Lippard worked with artists’ groups such as the Artworkers’ Coalition, Ad Hoc Women Artists, Artists Meeting for Cultural Change, The Alliance for Cultural Democracy (co-editor of “How to ‘92” in the Campaign for a Post-Columbian World), and WAC (Women’s Action Coalition). She was a co-founder of Printed Matter, the Feminist art collective and journal Heresies, PADD (Political Art Documentation/Distribution) and its journal Upfront, and Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America. Instrumental in the Feminist movement, she campaigned for change to the male-dominated paradigm, seeking equal representation for female artists and advocating for all artists to have a voice in the exhibition of their work, directly challenging the policies of New York’s Museum of Modern Art at the time.

Since 1966 Lippard has published 20 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including one novel. She has done public performances, comics, and street theater, and curated some 50 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. She has edited several independent publications including El Puente de Galisteo in rural Galisteo, New Mexico where she has lived and worked for the past seventeen years. With her distinct voice on Feminism, art, politics, and place, she has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Criticism from the College Art Association, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to honor such an influential leader and important role model for our students,” says Kerry Walk, Provost at Otis College of Art and Design. “Lucy Lippard is a true inspiration to those seeking a life of active civic engagement and leadership in the arts. As our graduates enter the next phase in their creative journey, they will be well-served by studying the visionary life and works of Lucy Lippard.”

In conjunction with Commencement, Otis’ Annual Exhibition on Friday, May 10, 2013 is open to the public, and showcases work by all members of the Class of 2013. Carolyn Moskowitz, a Digital Media major, has been named Valedictorian. Carolyn’s consistently stellar academic performance throughout her studies earned her this distinction. A native Californian from Agoura Hills, Carolyn plans a creative career as a concept artist and illustrator for video games, films, books, trading cards, and multimedia.

Otis Annual Exhibition
Friday, May 10, 2013
9045 Lincoln Blvd, L.A. 90045
Free parking off La Tijera (310) 665–6800

*MFA Public Practice exhibition, A Mess and a Pleasure: Practicing in Public, April 27 – May 12 at ForYourArt, 6020 Wilshire Blvd, L.A. 90036 with receptions April 27, 5–8 pm and May 11, 4–6 pm

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.