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Otis College Of Art And Design

9045 Lincoln Boulevard


Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill and their vision.
About Us:
Otis College of Art and Design is a non-profit (501(c)3 institution founded in 1918 by General Harrison Gray Otis, the founder and publisher of the Los Angeles Times, who bequeathed his L.A. home to the city for "the advancement of the arts."

The Colllege offers BFA and MFA degrees accreditated by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges  and The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Otis is a member of the Association of Colleges of Art and Design. For almost eighty years, Otis remained at its downtown location. In 1997, the College moved to the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus on the West side. From Spanish-Moorish mansion to seven-story cube, Otis has evolved. Designed by architect Eliot Noyes for IBM, the 115,000 square-foot  Ahmanson Hall was renovated in 1997, using the concept of an artist's loft or a working studio rather than that of a traditional classroom. Ahmanson Hall's open plan encourages communication among the departments, as well as between students and faculty members.

The 40,000 square foot Bronya and Andy Galef Fine Arts Center, designed by Frederick Fisher Architects, opened in 2001. Its complex geometry and corrugated metal forms contrast with the "punchcard" vocabulary of Kathleen Holser Ahmanson Hall. Together, these buildings comprise the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus. Fashion Design occupies one floor of the California Market Center in downtown L.A.; Graduate Studios are in the nearby art community of Culver City, and additional studios for Graduate Public Practice are at the 18th St Arts Center in Santa Monica.

Mission Statement:
Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.

Otis is L.A.’s first independent professional school of art and design. Since 1918, Otis has trained artists and designers who are in the vanguard of Southern California’s cultural and entrepreneurial life. From Mattel to Pixar to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Otis graduates have made an individual, positive, and lasting mark on the world. In 1918, General Harrison Gray Otis, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, bequeathed his L.A. home for "the advancement of the arts." The five-acre main campus is now on L.A.’s Westside near the beach. Fashion Design is downtown, in the heart of the fashion district. The graduate studios are on the creative corridor in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

Recent News

Exhibition: All Hands On Deck At Otis College of Art and Design

All Hands on Deck Kelly Akashi, Harry Dodge, Julie Henson, Anna Sew Hoy, Young Joon Kwak, Nevine Mahmoud, Ellen Schafer, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Roni Shneior, Cammie Staros, Isabel Yellin, and Bari Ziperstein. When bodies are being openly threatened,…

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Exhibition: Talking To Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas At Otis College of Art and Design

Talking To Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas is an exhibition and bilingual publication that investigates contemporary, community - based social art practices in the Americas. Talking To Action is part of the Getty’s…

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Exhibition: Lucas McDaniel at Otis College of Art and Design

In 'The Odyssey,' Homer famously describes the 'wine - dark sea.' But why 'wine - dark' and not deep blue or green In 1858 a scholar named William Gladstone, who later became the prime minister of Great Britain, noticed that this wasn't the only…

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Exhibition: Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room at Otis College of Art and Design

Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room In acoustical engineering, 'tuning the room' is a technique for measuring the specific sound properties of an enclosed space and then adapting the environment to improve its acoustic reflections. New York - based…

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GFA Exhibition: Todd Bradford Richmond at Otis College of Art and Design

Todd Bradford Richmond presents a solo exhibition of new paintings and installation for his Graduate Thesis at The Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, on view January 22 to February 1, 2017 (closes at 12noon on Feb 1). There will be an…

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Opening Reception: Polly Apfelbaum: Face (geometry) at Ben Maltz Gallery

New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s (b. 1955) work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color…

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Exhibition: Performing the Grid at Otis College of the Art and Design

Performing the Grid brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, mythical and…

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Graduate Fine Arts Lecture: Lita Albuquerque at Graduate Studios

For decades, the Los Angeles–based artist Lita Albuquerque has blurred distinctions between Land art and Light and Space on increasingly grander scales, whether it be building installations surrounding the pyramids in Egypt or placing sculptures…

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Exhibition - The Nature Of Personal Reality

The essence of what it is to be human, the flesh and the body, and the wonder of existence is profound. Western philosophers followed the Cartesian dualistic approach to understanding reason by separating mind from body. Despite the influence of…

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Exhibition - Exquisite Beauty: The Ceramics of Ralph Bacerra

Exquisite Beauty is the first major exhibition and publication to survey and document the beautiful ceramic vessels and sculptures created by Ralph Bacerra. For more than fifty years, artist and ceramist Ralph Bacerra (1938-2008) consistently…

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Exhibition - Angie Bray: Shhhh

A solo exhibition of photographs, drawings, sculpture, and video of Los Angeles-based artist Angie Bray. Focusing on quieting the mind and the eye in order to observe and explore the subtleties of ourselves, Bray creates aesthetic situations for the…

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Exhibition - Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad

Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College…

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Exhibition - Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books

Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books, an exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, displays important works from the Otis Artists Book collection, one of the largest in Southern California. Binding Desire: Unfolding…

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Exhibition - Globalize This! International Graphics of Resistance

Climate change, outsourced jobs, pollution, wars—globalization affects every aspect of life on this planet. As the crises escalate and resources diminish, activists and artists throughout the world are speaking with a clarity and coherence…

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Exhibition - Purely Observational / Everyday Political

Artwork of and inspired by Corita Kent Curators: Nancy Jo Haselbacher and One Over One Printmaking Corita Kent focused on the importance of love, respect, and dignity for everyone throughout her career as an artist and a teacher. Her style and…

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Exhibition - Meticulosity

Curators: Meg Linton and John O'Brien Meticulosity is a contemporary art exhibition featuring work by a multi-generational group of artists working in a variety of genres ranging from painting to installation and digital/virtual formats. Featured…

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