• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.


Free Image Resources

Image Resources at Otis

Including Otis Library's Imaging Projects and subscription databases.

Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Otis Collections Online Showcase for Otis collections and a repository for Otis archives. Images and materials from the Library, Galleries, Departments and Faculty.
Material Connexion Resource on materials: polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based, cement-based materials, metals, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.

Resources on the Web

Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues)
Copyright and Web Images
Where to Find High-Res Images Online

LIB            movies

A library containing thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
See also: Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr
Flickr Creative Commons

Searches Flickr CC-labeled images which may be used under certain conditions such as attribution. Check rights before use. You can also search directly through Flickr Advanced Search.

wikimedia Wikimedia Commons - Serves images and other media for Wikipedia. Some hi-res images from the Google Art Project are also available here.

Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Also check out the New York Public Library's public domain collections at

Copyright/Royalty-Free Collections

Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries  - Links to 12 US Government collections with images in the public domain.
  MorgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
  Open Clip Art Library - Clip art images available for downloading and remixing; all images are in the public domain.
  Open Photo - Moderated photo community with the goal of uniting image consumers and producers through friendly Creative Commons licensing. (Royalty-free images, many of which are free.)
  OpenGLAM - Portal to Open Access collections with images completely in the public domain. Some museums, including the Getty Open Content and NGA Images, are also listed here. See Open Culture for more resources.
  Public Domain Pictures - A repository for free public domain images. Not everything is free.
  Stock.xchng - FREE royalty-free images. (Requires sign-up.)
  Freeimages - 6000 images. (Require credit.)

Architecture and Urban Design

ArchNet - Collection of images, books, maps, drawings, and more of architecture and urban design in the Muslim world.
  Digital Imaging Project - Images of architecture, historical sites, and more taken by Professor Mary Sullivan at Bluffton U. (Some large, some not.)
  Totally Free Images - photos come from old books that have gone out of copyright, and US government sources.
  Public Domain Photos has a growing collection of both photographs and clip art.
  Emporis - Database of worldwide commerical real estate information and construction data.
  Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles - Search for murals in Los Angeles County by title and neighborhood as well as by muralist. For graffiti from around the world, check out the Street Art Project of the Google Cultural Institutes.

Art and Art History

Many museums are opening their digital images for research, including local institutions like LACMA and the Getty. Other institutions include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. (Some sites require registration.)
  Google Cultural Institute, including the Google Art Project - Images from collections around the world. You can even navigate within some galleries using "museum view."
  Saskia - High quality images of art history (hundreds are already available in OtisDID, but there may be some we still need.)
  Smithsonian Collections Search Center - Search across the collections of the Smithsonian's museums and archives.
  Web Gallery of Art - Survey site with a focus on Renaissance European painting and sculpture
  World Images - Survey site of art historical images

Printing and Book Arts

Database of Bookbindings - Produced by the British Library.
  Papyrus Collection - The University of Michigan has made its large collection of papyrus fragments available digitally.

Historical Images and Documents

American Memory Project - Powered by the Library of Congress, the site offers access to images and documents of US history from different institutions.
  Calisphere - The California Digital Library offers this collection of images of California history. (Images vary in size.)
  Civil Rights Digital Library - Contains a plethora of primary sources, including images, sound and video
  Historical Anatomies on the Web - The National Libraries of Medicine has posted excellent images from many antique books on anatomy.
  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - The online catalog contains many images of items from their collection, some of which are public domain.
  Photogrammar - Search photographs from the Farm Services Adminisitions (FSA-OWI) that are housed in the Library of Congress.
  Digital Vaults - Search for materials from the US National Archives using the semantic web.
  Screen Search Fashion - Thematic guide to 1920s-1930s UK fashion and dress via film archive (no still images)
  Visible Earth - NASA project. Some of these images may also be available in NIX (NASA Image Exchange), which is available through the OtisDID.