Garment Features Alumni Sebastian Tovar

Fine Arts alumni Sebastian Tovar (’14) was recently featured on the website of Garment, a company that reworks post-consumer recycled clothing to “break the cycle of compulsive over-production.” Modeling one of the company’s creations, the artist talks about his work. Inspired by the subversive criticality of Czech New Wave Cinema, Tovar states "I know I’ve made a successful painting when it leaves me with a similar feeling I’ve had after watching a film." Read the full post here: made in la: [more]

Alumni Suggest Gifts for Dad

Two Fine Arts alumni, Ashkahn Shahparnia (’06) and Astrelle Johnquest (’11), have some hot gift ideas for dads this Father’s Day. Shahparnia’s “Best Dad” card is letterpress printed on lux cotton paper and comes in a fluorescent pink envelope. The blank interior allows for a personalized message. The card can be purchased at, the website for the artist and designer’s studio and company. Described as “Sweet & Naughty” by the New York Times, Shahparnia has been featured in [more]

Otis Faculty and Students Lead a Discussion on Race at LAMAG

 Groups of participants share their ideas on race in the gallery. Photo by Dorit Cypis. A group of college faculty, whose work appeared in SKIN at the LA Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Barnsdall Park, recently took part in Un-Panel 2: Race [more]

mandujano/cell To Open in Inglewood

mandujano/cell, an exhibition space and book store, will open on Saturday, April 16, 9-11 pm. The new space is a project conceived by alumni Hazel Mandujano and Juan Capistran.  In a Room or Lonely, featuring the work of artist and Otis alumni Marco [more]

Alumni Alex Becerra Featured on the Cover of BLOUIN Modern Painters

There ought to be a law; but there isn't for Fine Arts alumni Alex Becerra ('11) when it comes to making art. "A lot of these paintings are fantasies of mine," says Becerra who is working towards a solo show with Chicago dealer Shane Campbell in [more]

Spring Is In the Hair

Spring is in full force and finals are just around the corner. Hair trends in the Fine Arts Department this spring range from floral embellishments, groovy dye jobs, natural styles, and bro-hawks galore. They also recall the hair styles of some of [more]