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Five Ways to Engage with the Otis Community This Fall 2021

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Register to tune into a conversation with Doug Aitken and Meg Cranston, take a selfie at LAX, design for the metaverse, and more!
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Mandy and Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Series with Doug Aitken
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1.  Listen to Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston in Conversation with Artist Doug Aitken 

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The Mandy and Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Series has brought Kara Walker, Edgar Heap of Birds, Shirin Neshat, and many other distinguished artists and thinkers to Otis College for public lectures and meet and greets with students. On Thursday, October 28, the BFA Fine Arts program presents the Mandy and Cliff Einstein Visiting Artist Lecture for Fall 2021 featuring artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken in virtual conversation with Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston about his work, process, and practice. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. PT.  To learn more about the lecture, please visit this link, and to register to attend, please click here.

We Are Los Angeles by Khang Nguyen (’21 BFA Communication Arts)

We Are Los Angeles by Khang Nguyen (’21 BFA Communication Arts); photo by Jennifer Atalla

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2. Take a Selfie with L.A.-Inspired Murals by Otis College Alumnx at LAX

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If you’re travelling through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) this fall, don’t miss  a new series of “selfie” walls featuring the work of both Otis College of Art and Design alumnx and Woodbury University students. The murals are located throughout the airport’s terminals before security checkpoints. The project is a continuation of one that began in 2018, Otis’s Centennial year, in which an initial collection of illustrations by then-students was installed in different terminals at the airport. Travelers are encouraged to take selfies in front of the backdrops and share them on their social media accounts. Learn more and see the work here

Fashion designer Amy Bond

Photo by Fawad Assadullah

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3. Explore Groundbreaking Fashion Design with Amy Bond 

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Learn to design for the metaverse with Amy Bond, a Project Runway alum from Season 16 and Supervising Fashion Producer for Netflix’s reality series, Next in Fashion. Bond is teaching a 3D Visualization Lab for Fashion Design in November through Otis Extension. 3D Visualization allows designers to create, design, and prototype CGI garments without any use of material resources. This groundbreaking and innovative process of virtual sampling allows for flexibility and efficiency within the apparel design and development process, and new creative possibilities for designers to create from home in this virtual space. Learn more about the class here.

Creative Futures panel
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4. Learn About Creative Careers in an Upcoming Virtual Panel Discussion Presented by Target

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Join Otis College of Art and Design and Target Corporation for “Creative Futures in Art and Design,” a virtual panel discussion featuring professionals from creative industries, including architecture, fine arts, graphic design, product design, entertainment design, fashion design, toy design, education, and design strategy. All are invited to learn more about transforming  creative interests into rewarding careers in a range of sectors. Esteemed panelists from top companies will discuss how they have put an education in art and design to use, and how they hire creatives for exciting, diverse work opportunities. All are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP here

Vincent Ramos
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5. Hear Otis College Alumnx Vincent Ramos Discuss Current and Past Projects 

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Join us for the Alumnx Exploration Series featuring speaker Vincent Ramos (′02 BFA FIne Arts). In this artist talk, Ramos will discuss his current and past projects. Ramos received his BFA from Otis College in 2002 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. His work was most recently featured in A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), as part of PST LA/LA. In addition, Ramos organized A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America in 2018 at the Charles White Gallery, Los Angeles. RSVP now.