Events
  • Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event
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    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency

     

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.

     

    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event
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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

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Fashion

Otis College Fashion Students at the Center of New Disney Design Series

Students in the fashion design program at Otis College of Art and Design are front and center in the first season of Disney Design Challenge, a new series for Disney Style. In this challenge, student designers are asked to create clothing lines inspired by Disney’s Frozen in the distinctive fashion styles of Los Angeles.

Glowing Gowns and Matisse-inspired Swimwear

On May 6, Otis College of Art and Design honored Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas, and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas at its Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, held at the Beverly Hilton with over 700 guests in attendance. The Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, now in its 35th year, showcases the collaborations of industry mentors and students in the fashion design program and is an important source of scholarship funding for Otis College students.

Anjali Read: Designing Fashion That's Beautiful, Inside and Out

Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

10 Designers, One Runway: Preview the Looks for the 2017 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

Each year, fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design are paired with industry mentors that guide them through the design process of one-of-a-kind garments.

CEO Of Bally Americas Claudia Cividino And Jewelry Designer Daniela Villegas To Be Honored By Otis College Of Art And Design

LOS ANGELES, CA – Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce it will honor Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas, and jewelry designer Daniela Villegas at its 35th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. The black-tie event will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

Three Fashion Design Juniors Receive Scholarships from Fashion Scholarship Fund

Brittney Sabet ('18 Fashion Design), Natalie Fonseca ('18 Fashion Design), and Indica Kalivoda ('18 Fashion Design/Costume Design) have each received a $5,000 scholarship from YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF), the premier educational fashion non-profit in the United States. YMA FSF seeks to identify and create career opportunities for young people worldwide and invest in the future of the fashion industry. All three students attended the 2017 Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala in New York City on January 12, 2017. 

Celebrating the Life of Anne Cole: Iconic Swimwear Designer and Otis College Fashion Mentor

Iconic Californian designer Anne Cole, creator of the tankini and devoted fashion mentor at Otis College of Art Design, passed away on January 10, 2017. Cole was an inspiration to many of the fashion students, faculty, and staff that have worked with her since the early 1980s. The mentorship program allows for students to create pieces under the guidance of industry icons, learning different styles and markets, and getting feedback directly from designers. The Anne Cole Collection had several different mentor projects from 1986 through 2015. 

Fashion Leaders Challenge the Next Generation

Each year students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program work directly with professional designers to create one of a kind collections. Acting as client and mentor, each designer gives an assignment, known as a direction, for students to research and present sketch solutions. 

PUTTING A RING ON HAUTE COUTURE

After falling in love with fashion design, Claire Pettibone honed her craft at Otis College and wove vintage elegance into a lifelong career. The daughter of two Otis College alumni, Pettibone was born a true romantic with design in her blood. Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, she channeled that inspiration into her own designer lingerie line, which was soon picked up by department stores around the world. She followed that success with the creation of a couture bridal collection, further developing the reaches of her vintage-inspired lifestyle brand.

'Essence' : How One Young Designer is Conquering Hollywood’s Fashion Scene on Her Own Terms

Reprinted from Essence, September 22, 2016

With six years of entrepreneurship under her belt, fashion designer Jesstia Usher ('10 Fashion Design) shares her journey to success and what it’s like working with one of the biggest new faces in Hollywood.

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