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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event

    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.


  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures

    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.


  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.



Artists, Community, and Teaching Radar

Apr 29, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
Kaitlynn Redell, Alternate (2), 2011Several ACT Alumni are teaching at various museums throughout LA and here are two upcoming workshops… This Sunday May 4th from 9am-3pm, Marissa Magdalena Sykes (’08) will be teaching a free workshop for teachers at the Getty: Create + Connect Workshop: Heaven and Earth: The Art of Byzantium. Teachers “will learn about Byzantine art and culture; and how [more]
Apr 16, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
Jeanie Lou EstonactocThis morning Otis alumni Christine Choi (’06) and Jeannie Lou Estonactoc (’12) came back to campus to share their experiences of finishing their Single Subject in Art Teaching Credential. Jeannie is in her second semester at Cal State Long Beach’s Credential Program. She explained the curriculum and which classes were waived because of her completion [more]
Mar 25, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
GLOWmasphereThe Artists, Community and Teaching Program presents visiting artist Marni Gittleman Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 Ahmanson Building room 307 10:00 – 11:00AM Free and open to the public Marni Gittleman is a Community Artist and Education Consultant specializing in ideation and participant engagement. Her approach is multi-modal, [more]
Mar 22, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
Cocina AbiertaThe Artists, Community and Teaching Program presents visiting artists and alumna Christina Sanchez Juarez Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 Ahmanson Building room 307 10:00 – 11:00AM Free and open to the public Christina Sanchez Juarez is a socially and politically engaged artist working in [more]
Mar 13, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
ACT Graduation 2010What have some of our great ACT alumni been up to? Here’s some updates (in no particular order)… Tianna Sellmeyer (’10) was just hired as an instructor at First Steps for Kids. David Roy (’13) was recently hired as a Photo Technician and Dennis Delgado (’13) was hired as the Social Media Specialist, both at Otis. Jeannie [more]
Feb 19, 2014
Artists, Community, and Teaching
Anna AyeroffAnna Ayeroff, ACT Alumna ’10, was interviewed by the Tappan Collective about her recent Artist Residency in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Read the full interview here.
Dec 11, 2013
Artists, Community, and Teaching
Cinthia_internshipF13This semester students enrolled in the Teaching and Community Arts Internship classes, taught by Patricia Kovic, worked with a range of ACT Community Partners for ten weeks. This mutually beneficial partnership provides the mentoring artist/designer/educator with the eager assistance of the intern in their classroom or studio, while providing the students with an invaluable opportunity to [more]
Nov 15, 2013
Artists, Community, and Teaching
LilyRamirez_intern_F2011Congratulations to Lily Ramirez (’13 – pictured) and Esmeralda Gonzales (’14) who have received the 2013-14 ACT Assistantship Awards. These annual awards support juniors, seniors and/or recent alumni bridge their lives as students and teaching artists through paid teaching assistantships in the school or community site of their choice. Lily will TA at SMASH (Santa [more]