Events
  • Tim Davis's wry photographs find the sublime in the quotidian. Whether shooting an abandoned pair of sneakers, the streets of a nameless suburb, or the corner of a framed painting in a museum, Davis captures the peripheral, everyday beauty of our daily life.

  • Career Services is hosting Under Armour for Lunch & Learn and portfolio reviews. They are actively recruiting for paid summer internships and post grad employment in the following areas: Accessories Design Apparel Design Graphic Design – Apparel, Brand, Retail and Web Film & Video Production Footwear Design Technical Design, Patternmaking & Product Fit

  • Otis College of Art and Design and The Art and Design Department at California State University Dominguez Hills will be partnering to bring two Ceramics Artist, Diego Romero ('90) and Michael Sherrill to give a guest lecture and workshop demonstration to take place at both campuses in conjunction with the 73rd Scripps Ceramic Annua, curated by Joan Takayama-Ogawa (Otis College Faculty member).

  • Workshop at Otis College campus with ceramic artist, Michael Sherrill.

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Asher Hartman is an interdisciplinary artist, playwright and director whose work at the junction of visual art and theater centers on the exploration of the self in relation to Western histories and ideologies. 

  • The Rodina will present Designing the Leadership, a workshop on action, graphic design and critical thinking. The Rodina was founded in 2011 by Czech-born, Amsterdam-based designers Tereza and Vit Ruller. The studio specialises in video, interactive, installations and visual identities. Event is reserved for Otis MFA students only. 

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Alumni

Advice for Graduating Students from Six Otis College Alumni Who Have Been There

National Portfolio Day visitors heard some great advice from our alumni at the Career in the Arts panel. Alumni Phoenix Owens ('16, Digital Media), Erfan Zamani ('14 A/L/I), Izzy Savage ('15 A/L/I), Hayley Quentin ('08 Fine Arts), Nicholas Edinger ('16 Digital Media), and Derek Gonzalez ('13 Communications Arts) sounded off on life as a creative and what it takes to be a working artist. We asked these recent alumni if they had any specific advice for students beginning their final semester at Otis College. 

Forbes '30 Under 30' List Includes Two Otis College Alumni

Kour Pour ('10 Painting) was named to Forbes' 2017 '30 Under 30 Europe: The Arts' list. Of British-Iranian decent, Pour's work explores the social and cultural connections between western and eastern cultures. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Dublin, Naples, and Hong Kong. 

Remembering Tyrus Wong

Alumnus Tyrus Wong, celebrated animator, ceramicist, painter, and kite maker passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016. Wong graduated from Otis College of Art and Design (then the Otis Art Institute) in the 1930s, and while exhibiting artworks around Los Angeles, he began working in the film industry as a production illustrator. It was his evocative concept art for Walt Disney's "Bambi" that would ultimately lead him down the path of becoming one of the most celebrated Chinese American artists of our time.

Don't Miss These End-of-the-Year Shows

Above: Students exploring Joint Venture at the DAC Gallery. Photo: Allison Knight

Making a Statement at Miami Art Week

Art Basel in Miami Beach, and the adjoining fairs, parties, and shows that converge in Miami, offers an annual sampling of contemporary art and culture. Acting as a barometer of the art world, attendees were able to view well-established and emerging artists alike.

'LA Weekly': The Explosive Way a Pair of Artists Stood Up to Cultural Stereotyping...

Reprinted from LA Weekly Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"On a Sunday in mid-November, just days after the election of Donald Trump, David Roy and Forouzan Safari drove from L.A. to the desert outside Victorville for an amateur rocket launch. 

Support Independent Makers This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be full of sales and big store blow-outs, but the art of gift giving requires a little more thought. For the loved ones on your list consider gifts that are designed, handcrafted, illustrated, or curated by independent makers. We've put together a few recommendations from alumni-owned businesses that offer something for everyone, from luxurious yet playful kids clothing to sustainable furniture to the perfect planter for your office. 

Giving New Meaning To Old Mediums

Owning a business is a goal for many artists and designers, though the hardships of running a successful studio or product line are often glossed over in today's glorification of the entrepreneur. 

When Melanie Abrantes (’12 Product Design) launched Melanie Abrantes Designs in 2013 she had a strong support system, the market for handmade goods was growing, and she was working 12-hour days to make it work. 

'Cultured Magazine': 30 Young Artists To Watch In 2017

Reprinted from Culture Magazine November 2016

"We spent the summer refining and debating who should be included in our first-ever “30 Under 35” list. In order to narrow it down, we captured the country’s pulse by limiting our focus to its two culture capitals—Los Angeles and New York. Here, in alphabetical order, our names to watch in 2017, from Kelly Akashi to Stewart Uoo.

Zeal Harris' ‘Home Remedies For Driving While Black’

Zeal Harris' ('07 MFA) new solo exhibition Home Remedies for Driving While Black addresses police violence through the lens of interpersonal relationships.

"The art is sometimes autobiographical or biographical as three of the artworks are about men that I personally knew, whose lives were lost while in police custody," says Harris. "The compositions are careful in their effort to offer anti-iconographic storytelling that puts rich human character back onto victims made into cold statistics."

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