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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.


Soo Kim: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


In Fall 2009, I received a Faculty Development Grant in support of an exhibition of photographic work and a video, made in collaboration with junior high and high school students from Marlborough School in Los Angeles.

The project starts with ideas of the "faraway" -- of landscapes remembered or imagined, of looking and seeing, fictional places, ideas of home, the panorama, remoteness and closeness -- as described in literature, film, visual art, music and other sources. Throughout the year, I've met with studens and worked with them to develop their writing and photographic work of their interpretation of the faraway.

I've worked with the students in generating photographs of landscapes that manifest their ideas of the faraway. We then cut into those photographs, a characteristic of my own work, to open up the narrative of the photographs to different possibilities and insert the extraordinary within the everyday. Lastly, I use the students' writing, their texts about the faraway, as the voiceover for a video that will accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition, scheduled for May-June 2010, will be msade up of landscape photographs made by the students, portraits of the students that I make, and a video piece.

--Soo Kim
FIne Arts

Read Interim Report [PDF]