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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...