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  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • Sunday, September 27, 2pm, Free
    Symposium: Centered on Clay

    Keynote speaker: Kathy Butterly
    East Los Angeles College | Rosco C Ingalls Auditorium | 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754 | 323.265.8650


    A symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty
    September 26 – December 6, 2015

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Waste not, want more

Two years ago, Otis fashion design students Han-Na Aku Jun and Sanna Ho turned disposability, one of fashion’s fundamental truths, on its head.

A long-held industry belief was that if garments didn’t go out of style each season, designers would be out of work.

As part of Otis’ partnership with Hurley and Nike, these students used Nike’s Considered index to design a series of appealing high fashion garments designed to do the unthinkable—keep consumers from returning to the store.

Features such as reversible fabrics and ties instead of zippers give these garments an extendable life, making the outfits wearable day after day, season after season, and year after year. Detachable collars and cuffs minimize trips to the cleaners, and when a hood transforms into a dress, the garment can go from the hiking trail to the haute couture runway in a moment. And fashion isn’t the only aspect of the apparel that’s sustainable.

The resulting clothes are so reusable and trend-proof that some designers might consider the Considered index an act of self sabotage. But Otis’ Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley calls it “the most inspiring project in all the years I have spent at Otis.”

At Otis, you’ll work with designers who view art as a world with no rules; who have the fearlessness and integrity to create fashion that’s visionary, even when what’s visionary isn’t fashionable—yet.

Learn more about Fashion Design at Otis