Otis Expands into Arts District

One of Los Angeles finest art schools, the Otis College of Art and Design, has expanded its facilities by opening new graduate studios in Culver City, (according to Digital Post Production, Los Angeles premier arts district). The space at 10455 Jefferson Boulevard includes artists studios, administrative offices, a computer lab, and two large public spaces, which will host artists in residence, public exhibitions and lectures, and open studio events.

The Culver City Art District, generally defined as the section of Washington Boulevard between Helms Avenue and Fairfax Avenue, boasts over 30 galleries exhibiting new and distinguished artists. We look forward to joining the Culver City arts community as a vital new member, says Roy Dowell, Chair of Otis Graduate Fine Arts. This facility represents a major enhancement to the education we provide to our graduate students. This new space inspires students to create outstanding work and encourages them to connect with the community where they can engage publicly. Each of the Graduate Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice students has a private studio space.

Among the Culver City galleries are several owned by Otis alumni, including Eleana del Rio of Koplin del Rio and Erin Kermanikian of Western Projects. Graduate Public Practice faculty member Andrea Bowers and alumnus and Guggenheim Fellow Ruben Ochoa show their work at Susanne Vielmetter L.A. Projects; faculty member Soo Kim is represented by Angles Gallery, and Masami Teraoka shows his work at Samuel Freeman Gallery.

Public Practice, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy, renowned artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art and author, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making. Los Angeles–global center of public practices by artists and collaborative groups–is its dynamic setting. Students engage this vast human and spatial geography as emerging professionals. Entering students design a unique educational plan to fit their interests, in both community and studio contexts. Public practice also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture consists of a variety of media including video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects.

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