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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    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.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • 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


Toy Design

Alumnus Kris Paulson

Kris Paulson ('03) and a four-person team of young designers at Big Monster Toys in Chicago stormed the toy design world during the 2005 holiday season with their wildly popular animatronic MP3 player named 'iZ'. Time magazine listed the iZ as one of 2005's top inventions. The alien eyes of iZ echo with the music's rhythms, and its horn pulses in rainbow colors. Users can create their own rhythms and tracks by twisting and turning the alien's ears or pressing its belly to change the beat.

Alumna Meleina Mayhew

Since graduating from Otis in 2000, Melaina Mayhew (’00, Toy Design) has worked with many of the leaders in the toy industry, including Mattel, Lego, Applause, and Equity Marketing. She also worked on an array of character licenses such as Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo, Finding Nemo and other Disney properties.

Toymaker Brittney Crump's Bold Style

As a child, Brittney Crump was asked the standard question of "What do you want to be when you grow up?” She consistently replied that she wanted to be an artist.
Prior coming to Otis Brittney expressed her creativity in several ways - drawing comics, designing t-shirts, and sewing plush toys. She says that she had her hands in too many pots, but eventually found her focus after receiving pictures from parents of their children with her creations.

Toy Design Alumnus Raphael Bencosme Shines at Razor

Toy Design alumnus Raphael Bencosme graduated in 2013 and has been working at Razor USA located in Cerritos, CA as one of their key designers. While he was still a student in Toy Design he had the great opportunity to intern at Razor and made such a positive mark that directly after graduating he was offered a position as designer in their advancing New Brands group.

Toy Design Chair Deborah Ryan in Long Beach Press Telegram

Designers came to toys from varied careers

By Jordan England-Nelson
Actively seeking a career in toys is a relatively new phenomenon. Toy design schools didn’t exist a generation ago, which means most veterans of the toy industry got into the business by accident. Product and industrial design is a common background for toy designers, as is fashion, illustration and animation.
Here are the stories of six designers who never could have predicted they would be working in toys as adults:

Feature on Otis Toy Design's Unique Program

Otis College is one of only two design schools to offer program specifically in toys

By Jordan England-Nelson
Toy design student Arthur Grygoryan wants to create Lego play sets like the ones he tinkered with as a kid.

“I originally wanted to do robotics and engineering, but then I realized I was more creative ... and not that good at math,” Grygoryan said between classes at Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester.

Apollo Crowe Designs All-in-One Clip SnapLNX

Apollo Crowe (’07 Toy Design)
SnapLNX is the “All in one clip” made in the U.S.A. and working hard and looking good as it holds your tie, sleeves, cuffs, or cash. We have a growing line of SnapLNX designs on our website, and a cool custom feature that allows you to upload your own design.
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