Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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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.
ProQuest
General reference multidisciplinary. Full text with graphics. Overall dates of coverage: 1971 - present. Total titles covered: 2,600+
ELibrary
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

Curated collection of scholarly blogs for students and researchers. Full author credentials are included in a record. You must sign up (top right) with Otis credentials.

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.
ERIC
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

Lynda.com
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 Grammarly.com/EDU !

Electronic Books

formerely ebrary
Formerly ebrary. More than 113,000 full-text searchable books aimed at undergraduates. With citation assistance. Optional: You can set up a personal 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.
ELibrary
Also contains several reference works, including Encyclopedia Britannica, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, atlases, and more. Full list
Stanford
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
Music

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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