Otis College of Art and Design is celebrating its 90th anniversary — “Homecoming (without the Football)” — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 11th.
Located on Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester near Los Angeles International Airport in a seven-story “punch card building” designed by architect Eliot Noyes for IBM, Otis is opening its doors to the public, as well as students and alumni, past and present faculty and staff and college supporters for a day of art and design exhibitions and events.
There will be a number of events throughout the day, including “Plein Air Drawing,” a ceramic workshop, a book signing and art lectures, campus tours, demonstrations, food vendors, storytelling and music, as well as an opening reception for Mark Dean Veca’s “Phantasmagoria” exhibition and the world premiere of Simulation, a Video by Bruce Yonemoto.
Additionally, there will be a video wall of 26 fashion shows created and produced by the Otis Fashion Design Department during its three-decade history.
Otis College of Art and Design began in 1918 when General Harrison Gray Otis, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, deeded his Spanish Moorish mansion and its grounds near MacArthur Park west of downtown Los Angeles “for the advancement of art in the West,” according to a college spokesman.
Since then, the school has trained generations of artists who have been in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of Los Angeles, according to the spokesman.
Otis College’s main campus, the site of the Otis Homecoming, is at 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester.
Information and registration for Otis Homecoming, www.otis .edu/homecoming or (310) 846-2553.
The Otis 90th anniversary celebration continues citywide throughout October and November with exhibitions by Otis alumni.