• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Recommended Databases

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Full-Text Journals & Magazines

Otis Magazine Holdings List (for when you actually need the print version...)

ebsco logo Full-text articles from 630 art and design magazines, 220 books, and 63,0000 images + 3,100 multidisciplinary periodicals.
General reference multidisciplinary. Full text with graphics. Overall dates of coverage: 1971 - present. Total titles covered: 2,600+
Full-text of 1,500 international newspapers and magazines, company profiles, and news transcripts; Encyclopedia Britannica; and topic-based searches.
Opposing Points in Context logo
For information on various sides of social issues. Notice that the database will search just ACADEMIC SOURCES, those recommended for college papers. Help Sheet
ACI Scholarly Blog Index

NEW DATABASE! Curated collection of scholarly blogs for students and researchers. Written by professors, researchers, and industry experts. Full author credentials are included in a record.

jstor Full text Art & Sciences III, a collection of 150 humanities journals from the fields of literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, art and architecture.
LIB vogue Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month with photos and ads. All searchable!
New York Times logo The American newspaper of record. Searchable content. View up to 10 articles per calendar month for free.
Education Resources Information Center indexes education research and information in journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. Not everything is full-text, but the Librarian may be able to help you attain articles you need.

Software Training Videos
Existing users can transfer their history the first time they log in - more information available at lyndaCampus. 7,000+ professionally produced QuickTime video clips to teach software available online 24/7. iOS and Android apps are now available.
Grammarly Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all students and faculty. Use your school email to register at !

Electronic Books

More than 113,000 full-text searchable books aimed at undergraduates. With citation assistance. Optional: You can set up a personal account.
September 2015: Contact ebrary support to migrate your bookshelf to your new account.
DPLA The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Many books and images available.

Encyclopedias,  Dictionaries, & Reference Works

heilbrunn The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history for students and scholars.
Also contains several reference works, including Encyclopedia Britannica, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, atlases, and more. Full list
Open source project by hundreds of philosophers, donating their labor to collaboratively write, referee, and maintain this reference work. (on the free web)

Databases for Products, Movies, Images, and Music

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.
Kanopy Streaming
NEW DATABASE! Kanopy Streaming currently offers over 26,000 films from over 800 leading producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, and launches over 500 new release films every month.
OtisDID Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Images & Video

Recommended sites to find images, video, and music that is either copyright free or available under CC licensing. Otis-created image databases.

Essay Index

Text Finder
An index to essays, critical and theoretical texts, manifestos, artist statements, and some interviews in books. (A MICA -Otis collaboration.)

NOTE: Most of these databases do not require you to set up a personal account. WGSN (formerly StyleSight) and Grammarly, and do require personal accounts. Many of the others offer the option so that you can save searches, preferences, documents, and similar functionalities.

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