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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.




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The core mission of Otis College of Art and Design is sustained by our many talented faculty and staff.  We recognize the importance of an excellent benefits program to help sustain you and are pleased to continue to offer a generous benefits package.  Our medical, dental and vision care and insurance products add to your financial security and compensation by providing income protection when you are not able to work. In addition to the health benefit offerings, Otis also makes generous contributions to your retirement plan.

2014 Benefits Booklet


Benefits News

2014 Benefit Changes

Health Plan Changes

Retirement Plan Changes


Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

Please know that the Otis College medical plans and eligibility requirements meet the standards and requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The links below provide information and resources that may be of helpful reference to you and your family.

Marketplace Notice (as required by the Department of Labor)

Marketplace FAQ's

Covered CA Brochure


Otis offers the following health insurance plan options for full-time staff and faculty and their families:

Health Insurance Provider Options: Two Anthem Blue Cross HMOs, Anthem Blue Cross High Deductible PPO Plan with a Health Savings Account, Kaiser HMO

Dental Insurance Provider Options:  Aetna Dental Freedom of Choice

Vision Insurance Provider Options: VSP

Also available: Group Term Life Insurance, Voluntary Life Insurance, Long and Short-Term Disability Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Business Travel Accident Insurance, Medical Flex Accounts