Otis College of Art and Design logo
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.


Academic Awards

Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors (coming soon).

2015 Valedictory Award

Elizabeth Jeane “Izzy” Savage, an Architecture/Landscape/Interiors major, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2015. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony. Izzy was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance throughout her Otis career and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on designing environments that promote vibrant social and cultural interactions.
2015 Otis Valedictorian
Izzy grew up in Santa Barbara, where as a child she helped her father build a playhouse and remodel the family home. Once in A/L/I she quickly distinguished herself both with her ability to form close bonds with peers and colleagues, and with her capacity to stay highly focused, engaged and ambitious. Izzy won the A/L/I program’s Studio 1, 2, and 4 Excellence in Design Awards, and exhibited two of her projects in the program. She has also completed two successful internships at local firms: John Friedman-Alice Kim Architects and Bricolage Design.
Last year, Izzy won the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship. Her project Illuminated Tapestry documented her proposed renovation of the Santa Fe Building in downtown Los Angeles into live/work apartments meant to stimulate a socially interactive and vibrant culture, uniting the building’s inhabitants with the general public. Among her future goals is a desire to teach  ̶  to help future students become inspired in their craft just as her professors have inspired her.  A dedicated student, generous colleague, and remarkable talent, Izzy truly embodies the aspirations of the College. Samples of her work may be seen at izzysavage.com

2015 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee.Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony. The 2015 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:


Sheri Chillingworth, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi, Fashion Design

Gabriela (Gaby) Gorostieta, Digital Media

Emi Ichikawa, Product Design

Maxfield Miles, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres

Avalon Murray, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration

Eric Nishioka, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design
SuJung (Esther) Oldenkamp, Toy Design
Alexandria (Lexi) Rodriguez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising Design
Elizabeth (Izzy) Savage, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors


Daniel Chang, MFA Graphic Design
Sean Pessin, MFA Writing

Yasmin Than, MFA Fine Arts
Carol Zou, MFA Public Practice

2015 Distinction in Studio Awards

Many major programs honor graduating students for distinctions in studio work. Among students so honored in 2015 are:

Fashion Design Student of the Year

Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Awards for Excellence in Design

Adam Harris, Studio 1, Fall 2014
Yoon Hwang, Studio 1, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 2, Summer 2014
Maegan Iamjan, Studio 2, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 3A, Fall 2014
Raymond Tran, Studio 3B, Fall 2014
Kelvin Tseng, Studio 4A, Spring 2015
Paulina Benavides, Studio 4B, Spring 2015
Suna Jaen, Studio 5, Fall 2014
Merve Onur, Studio 6, Spring 2015

Fine Arts – Senior Exhibition Jurors Awards

Chelsea McCarthy
Nicholas Ramsey
John Hourihan
Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List. 

Academic Awards Archive