Otis College of Art and Design

Otis College of Art and Design

http://www.otis.edu/

Otis is the only West Coast college of 
art and design that offers a full Foundation Year curriculum. The program is
 also unique in its approach to preparing students for the competitive, fast-paced 21st century while
 continuing to honor time-tested fundamentals.

 Throughout Foundation, students learn aesthetic fundamentals, sharpen their visual acuity, 
develop their cultural and information literacy, begin a connection with the larger community as emerging artists and designers, and hone the essential “thinking and making” skills required for creative professionals who will enjoy career success. The faculty — all of whom are working artists and designers—serve as role models. Talented, passionate, and thoughtful professionals, they are accessible to students both inside and outside the classroom.

Posts from Otis College of Art and Design

  • From top left: Andrea Bowers, Educate, Agitate, Organize, 2010. Channel letter signs, 27 x 66 x 5.5 inches each; Neda Moridpour, The Auntie Raoch or Khale Suske; Chiristina Sanchez Juarez, Cocina Abierta Community Cooking Show; David Russell and Roberto Del Hoyo, Mobile Mural Lab; Jules Rochielle Sievert, Social Design Collective.

    MFA in Public Practice

    What is Social Practice? Otis College of Art and Design MFA in Public Practice students answer this question for themselves, each in their own unique way. Their projects take students into urban neighborhoods, rural fa[...]

    January 14, 2016

  • Andrea Bowers, Educate, Agitate, Organize, 2010. Channel letter signs: low voltage LED lights, plexiglass, aluminum, each sign: 27 x 66 x 5.5 inches.

    Call for applications: MFA program

    Engage the world and create social change through the arts Join us for a two-year MFA program at Otis College of Art and Design and put your principles into action.  If you aspire to change and engage the world thro[...]

    December 16, 2015

  • Students and faculty of the Graduate Public Practice at the Antelope Valley Outpost project, 2015. Photo: Mark Farina.

    Fall 2015 applications now being accepted for the MFA in Public Practice

    Engage the world and effect social change through art Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice is the only accredited program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists [...]

    June 23, 2015

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    Otis College of Art and Design MFA Open Studios

    Otis Graduate Public Practice, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy—artist, and theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making. Ente[...]

    April 8, 2014

  • Apply to Otis’ Graduate Public Practice program for fall 2014

    This MFA program, headed by Suzanne Lacy, is the only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills to work in the public sphere. Graduate Public P[...]

    February 14, 2014

  • Otis accepting applications now for MFA fall 2014

    Otis College of Art and Design welcomes applications to the graduate programs in fine arts and pubic practice. Join the L.A. network of visiting artists and activists, museums, galleries, and other vibrant institutions. [...]

    January 3, 2014

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    Otis College of Art and Design: New Graduate Studios in Culver City

    We are pleased to announce joining the burgeoning Culver City art scene with a new facility for Graduate Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice at 10455 W Jefferson Blvd near Overland. The 13,200 square foot concrete blo[...]

    January 8, 2013

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    Alison Saar: STILL . . . at Otis College of Art and Design

    The Ben Maltz Gallery continues to present and document new work by artists in the SoCal region with the solo exhibition STILL . . . by Otis alumna Alison Saar (MFA 1981). Informed by artistic traditions from the Americ[...]

    September 12, 2012

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    Re/Locating Learning: Public Practices as Art

    Organized by: Suzanne Lacy, Chair, and Sara Daleiden, Faculty Member, Otis Graduate Public Practice with guest faculty members Pablo Helguera, Artist, and Sally Tallant, Chief Executive Artistic Director, Liverpool [...]

    February 23, 2012

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    Otis College of Art and Design: MFA in Fine Arts

    Graduate Fine Arts students acquire the necessary support and theoretical resources to develop an understanding of the demands of a professional art practice. Our program promotes strong interaction and critical dialog[...]

    December 16, 2011

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    Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA in Public Practice

    Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice, founded by artist and author Suzanne Lacy and taught by a team of internationally known curators and artists, offers a rare opportunity for artists interested in[...]

    November 30, 2011

  • Otis Graduate Public Practice presents Concentric Conversations

    Otis Graduate Public Practice presents Concentric Conversations

    Educational theorist Christopher Robbins will offer a keynote presentation and guide intense conversations between artists and educators during a weekend focused on the philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy in[...]

    February 17, 2011

  • Otis College of Art and Design presents Splendid Entities: 25 years of Objects by Phyllis Green

    Otis College of Art and Design presents Splendid Entities: 25 years of Objects by Phyllis Green

    Throughout her career, Green has used the traditional techniques of craft to achieve unconventional outcomes in the realm of fine art. Cleverly combining such materials as clay, wood and fiber, she produces sculpture tha[...]

    January 3, 2011

  • Otis College of Art and Design seeks Assistant Chair

    Otis College of Art and Design seeks Assistant Chair

    The Fine Art's Department at Otis is looking for an accomplished arts and academic professional and experienced educator to serve as Assistant Chair. The position will play an important role in the development and direct[...]

    September 23, 2010

  • Otis Ben Maltz Gallery presents The Story of O

    Otis Ben Maltz Gallery presents The Story of O

    For the last twenty years, Graduate Fine Arts Chair Roy Dowell and his faculty of artists have trained many accomplished practitioners. To celebrate this anniversary, the exhibition features work by twenty graduates.

    April 7, 2010

  • Otis MFA Public Practice Visiting Artist/Faculty Project: Call for Proposals

    Otis MFA Public Practice Visiting Artist/Faculty Project: Call for Proposals

    Otis MFA Public Practice seeks proposals for a studio/artist’s project for the Fall 2010 Semester. Beginning in late August through mid-December, the visiting artists will work with entering graduate students to produc[...]

    March 11, 2010

  • Otis Graduate Public Practice Program Call for Applications

    Otis Graduate Public Practice Program Call for Applications

    Los Angeles--global center of public practices by artists and collaborative groups--is the dynamic setting for Otis' MFA in Public Practice (http://www.otis.edu/gpp) with studio facilities in the historic 18th Street Art[...]

    February 11, 2010

  • Otis Public Practice Studio + 18th Street Arts Center

    Otis Public Practice Studio + 18th Street Arts Center

    Otis Public Practice Studio and 18th Street Arts Center present Love in a Cemetery, an unprecedented visual arts learning laboratory led by L.A.-based visual artist Andrea Bowers and curator Robert Sain. Young artists fr[...]

    January 4, 2010

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    Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS College of Art Design presents Shahzia Sikander: Dissona

    Shahzia Sikander: Dissonance to Detour September 24-November 12, 2005 Opening: Saturday, September 24, 7-9pm Public Lecture: September 29, 7:30pm, Free Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS College of Art Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd, [...]

    September 15, 2005