Five Ways to Connect With the Otis Community This Spring
The Goldsmith campus is brimming with excitement and preparation for several big events.
1. Raise a Glass to the Graduating Class
Celebrate the work of graduating students while catching up with the Otis Community! O-Launch kicks off on Friday, May 12 with an Industry Preview connecting seniors with employers, followed by an opening reception for alumni and friends. The evening culminates in the Fashion Design department’s annual fashion show, presented in the Commons. RSVP today!
2. Celebrate the Next Generation of Artists and Designers at Annual Exhibition
The height of O-Launch weekend is Annual Exhibition, featuring exhibitions and presentations of work from every department at Otis. This free campus-wide event showcases the work of graduating students across the College’s BFA programs in Communication Arts (Illustration/Graphic Design), Digital Media (Animation/Game and Entertainment Design), Environmental Design, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Product Design, and Toy Design, and MFA programs in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Join the fun from noon to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Details at otis.edu/o-launch.
3. Catch Otis College Alum Gajin Fujita’s Latest Exhibition at L.A. Louver in Venice
Act fast—the latest solo exhibition of Gajin Fujita (’97 BFA Fine Arts) at L.A. Louver closes May 6, 2023. True Colors presents a new, transformational body of work by Fujita. Created between 2020 and 2023, the paintings and drawings demonstrate radical technical and thematic developments in Fujita’s oeuvre, as he explores experimenting with shadow and line, social critique, and portraiture. Admission is free. Details at lalouver.com.
4. Help Your Children Develop Their Creativity With a Summer Program at Otis
Share your love of art with the young people in your life! For younger kids, Otis’s weeklong Summer Youth Camps promote the exchange of ideas and cultivate creativity in youth ages 5-14 years old. The sessions run Tuesday, June 20 through Friday, August 11, 2023. Camp days run 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with half-day options for students ages 5-8. Two pre-college programs help teens focus their creativity. Summer of Art is an intensive, college immersion experience designed for teens age 14.5 or older and runs July 5-28, 2023. It is ideal for experienced, young artists interested in deepening their skills, as well as students with minimal or informal art training. Snap Lens Lab asks high school students to imagine new realities, hone their creative skills, and bring big ideas to life. The hands-on augmented reality (AR) learning lab runs July 17-28 and includes technical workshops and mentorship with Snap Inc. and Otis College instructors and faculty. Learn more about all three programs at otis.edu/extension/youth.
5. Work With Your Hands Through Otis Extension
Spend time away from your screens this summer with a hands-on course through Otis Extension. Bookbinding Basics: From Soft to Hardcovers introduces the fundamentals of bookbinding while you create a set of different book structures over the course of three sessions. Introduction to Screenprinting will give you an understanding of materials and a chance to work with a variety of applications including paper, fabric, plastic, and wood—and even learn about contemporary artists working in the medium. A hands-on workshop where you’ll focus on metalworking skills, Jewelry Design offers plenty of one-on-one instruction and is excellent for beginners. Find your course at otis.edu/extension.