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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event

    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.


  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures

    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.


  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.



Spring 2014 Newsletter

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President Samuel Hoi Announces Plans to Step Down After 14 Years

Thomas Miller, chair of Otis' Board of Trustees, announced on February 10 that Samuel Hoi will step down as president in early summer. Hoi will become president of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore on July 1. Dr. Kerry Walk, current provost, has been appointed interim president, and will assume her duties upon Hoi's departure in May.

"President Hoi's impact on the growth and prosperity of Otis over the past fourteen years is significant and indisputable" said Miller. "We wish Sammy all the best and now look ahead to new leadership that can take this wonderful school to the next level as it approaches its centennial in 2018."

Dr. Walk joined Otis as Provost in May 2011. Prior positions included Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges; Director of Princeton University's innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program; and faculty and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom, and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.

Barbie's Dream House

Otis and Mattel partnered to present a unique creative collaboration between students from five different creative disciplines to celebrate Malibu, CA's most fashionable resident, Barbie®, as she renovates her new home. Barbie's Housewarming Party displayed projects by students in Fashion Design, Product Design, Fine Arts, Toy Design and Liberal Arts and Sciences at Santa Monica Place in January.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy goes statewide

With funding from the California Arts Council, this year's Otis Report on the Creative Economy expanded to the entire state. Presenters at the event included Samuel Hoi, President, Otis College of Art and Design; Ted Lieu, State Senator and Chair of the Joint Committee of the Arts, and Chair of the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee; Robert Kleinhenz, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation's Chief Economist; Keith McNutt, Director, Western Region of the Actors Fund; Craig Watson, California Arts Council Director; and Danielle Brazell, Executive Director of Arts for L.A.

One week after the report release event at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Senator Ted Lieu chaired a hearing in Sacramento at which President Hoi summarized the findings. Lieu proposed a bill to stimulate the creative economy by increasing state tax fund contributions to the CAC (California Arts Council) funding from $1 million to $25 million.

Support came from the California Arts Council, Mattel, The James Irvine Foundation, Nike, Sony Pictures, City National Bank, Boeing, Ovation, and City of L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

Read the Report...

Alumnus Solo Exhibition

Moctezuma's Revenge is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of work by Eduardo Sarabia ('99) at the Arizona State Art Museum, Tempe through April 26. More...