Otis College of Art and Design
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|Otis Art Institute|
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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is L.A.'s first independent professional school of art. The main campus is located in the former IBM Aerospace Headquarters at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Designed by architect Eliot Noyes, the building was built in 1963 and extensively remodeled in 2011 by the college to suit its purposes. The Galef Center, made for the Fine Arts department, was designed by Fredrick Fisher.
The school's programs, accredited by WASC and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, include four-year BFA degrees in illustration, fine arts, graphic design, architecture, landscape design, interior design, fashion design, digital media, toy design, and product design. It also offers MFA degrees in fine arts, graphic design, public practice, and writing. Undergraduate students choose a major in their second year, after completing a battery of traditional drawing, painting, composition, and construction classes in their first or "Foundation" year. In addition to studio work, standard liberal arts courses are required, although traditional history courses are replaced by art history.
Otis, long considered one of the major art institutions in California, began in 1918, when Los Angeles Times founder Harrison Gray Otis bequeathed his MacArthur Park property to start the first public, independent professional school of art in Southern California. The current main campus (since Spring 1997), located in Westchester, close to the Los Angeles International Airport, is anchored by the 1963 IBM building (famous for its computer "punchcard" style windows) and a contemporary fine arts facility.
A ceramics school was begun by Peter Voulkos at Otis in the 1950s and was part of art movements like the Craft-to-Art movement, also known as the American Clay Revolution, which influenced the Ferus Gallery scene of the 1960s. Many prominent artists associated with Southern California’s Light and Space movement were involved with the school, as well as leaders of the conceptual art world of the 1970s. Moreover, Otis nurtured significant Latino artists, and the mural group Los Four also originated at Otis in the 1970s.
The school was originally named Otis Art Institute. From 1978 until 1991, it was affiliated with New York's Parsons School of Design and known as Otis-Parsons (full name: Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, A Division of the New School for Social Research). This affiliation allowed students to spend a semester or more at the Parsons schools in New York and Paris. In 1991, it became independent and known as Otis College of Art and Design.
Today it is one of the most culturally diverse private schools of art and design in the country. Its students come from 39 states and 26 countries, and mirror the world as well as the emerging work place.
Otis is well known for its BFA degrees offered in fashion design. Under the direction of Rosemary Brantley, this program is considered one of the top fashion design programs of its kind in the U.S. Otis Fashion Design is housed at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. Students benefit from working closely design mentors and are trained in all aspects of the design process while emulating a fashion design studio, and following the industry’s seasonal schedule. Visiting critics have included designers such as Bob Mackie, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Diane von Fürstenberg, Isabel Toledo, Isaac Mizrahi, and Todd Oldham. Major designers such as Eduardo Lucero and Rick Owens are alumni of the program.
Notable faculty members include Judie Bamber, Guy Bennett, Rosemary Brantley, Linda Burnham, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Carole Caroompas, Meg Cranston, Roy Dowell, Peter Gadol, Gary Geraths, Scott Grieger, Lewis Hall, Samuel Hoi, Annetta Kapon, Suzanne Lacy, Harry Mott, Christian Mounger, Kali Nikitas, Renee Petropoulos, Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Paul Vangelisti, Charles Wilbert White and Michael Ragsdale Wright.
- Past (1940s): Norman Rockwell
- 2005: Shahzia Sikander
- 2006: Masami Teraoka, Yamandu Canosa
- 2007: Nancy Chunn
- 2008: Mark Dean Veca
- 1920s: Ralston Crawford, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Edith Head, Arthur Hill Gilbert, John Hench, Paul Landacre, Ben H. Lewis, Edward L. Thrasher, Milford Zornes
- 1930s: Philip Guston, Dorothy Jeakins, Tyrus Wong
- 1940s: John Altoon, Joseph Mugnaini
- 1950s: Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, John Mason, Paul Soldner, Tom Van Sant
- 1960s: Bas Jan Ader, Barry Le Va, Masami Teraoka, John Lees
- 1970s: Carlos Almaraz, Suzanne Caporael, Alonzo Davis, Roberto Gil de Montes, Kim Gordon, Judithe Hernández, Bryan Hunt, Kerry James Marshall, May Sun, Kent Twitchell, Bruce Yonemoto, Mark Bryan(artist)
- 1980s: Diane Gamboa, Lawrence Gipe, David Le Vey, Jim Rygiel, Alison Saar, Michael S. Smith, Patssi Valdez, Jeffrey Vallance, Darren Waterston, Eleana del Rio, Seeroon Yeretzian
- 1990s: Abhay Deol, Gajin Fujita, Camille Rose Garcia, Sandeep Mukherjee, Eduardo Lucero, Khoi Vinh, Susan Mondt, J.T. Steiny, Dean Tavoularis, Kris Paulson, Hideko Takahashi, Eduardo Sarabia, Patrick Hill, Mario Ybarra, Ruben Ochoa, Emma Ferreira, Garth Trinidad
- 2000s: Ben and Dennis Go, Christopher Do, David Tai Bornoff, Faris McReynolds, Tofer, Michael Zimmerman, Albert Valdez, Julia Montgomery, Corey Thering, Hana Mae Lee,Michelle Tasic, Handly Eugene
Ben Maltz Gallery
The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College is a professional art space that presents group and solo exhibitions in a variety of media. The Gallery's main focus is showcasing contemporary art that pushes the boundaries of form and subject matter in the context of national and international programming. Serving the local art community, the public, and Otis students and faculty, the Maltz Gallery presents emerging and established Los Angeles talent as well as international artists.
- David Gebhard, Robert Winter (2003). An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, pp. 78-79. Gibbs Smith. ISBN 1586853082.
- "Galef Center for Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design". Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- American Clay Revolution "PETER VOULKOS". ArtScene. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- Paul, Arthur G. Riverside Community Book, A. H. Causton, Riverside, CA, 1954. Page 269.
- Otis College of Art and Design website
- Otis College YouTube Channel
- Transcript from KCET's Life & Times
- KCET Video Interview with President Samuel Hoi and Tour of the Campus