• 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


Objectives and Membership

Mission | Objectives and Membership | Summaries of Important Decisions and Discussions | Meeting Schedule

President’s Cabinet Objectives
  • College performance and excellence in accordance with College mission
  •  Informed decision making based on Strategic Plan goals
  • Alignment of protocols and procedures with academic mission
  • Alignment of campus culture & resources to support a productive  & sustainable community
  • Improved workplace effectiveness for Otis community
  • Think tank and shared ideas generation
  • Transparent College administration
  • Diversity in perspective
  • Shared leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Effective and efficient operation of the Cabinet
Relation to the Senior Team

The President’s Cabinet is a College governance body and is entrusted to consider matters and makes decisions that impact the College community. The Senior Team is the executive body of the President’s Cabinet. The Senior Team reserves the authority over budget planning, board affairs, compensation, tuition, legal, and other key and sensitive decision areas that need executive attention.

Special 2011-2012 Goal

The Senior Team will work with the President’s Cabinet to make the latter more of a decision-making body for the College.

Meeting Format

Two-hour meetings every other week, alternating with the Senior Team Meetings.

Meeting Content 

Action items

  • College planning matters
  • College decision making matters

Discussion topics

  • Critical college matters prior to action/decision stage
  • Strategic topic discussion that is 1) led or co-led by President’s Cabinet member(s), or 2) led/presented by guests invited by the President’s Cabinet
  • 08-09 examples: Work reality of the Otis faculty; Otis Westchester citizenship; student health and wellness; entrepreneurship training for artists and designers; “Who We Are” case for Otis (Part I)
  • 09-10 examples: Graduate & undergraduate study; professional development for faculty, Otis graduation rates and how to improve them; technology & web
  • 10-11 topics: Big trends for AICAD schools and Otis; Higher education customer services, based on the book “Embracing the Oxymoron: Customer Service in Higher Education; Models of bridging the acculturation/language gaps; Civic & social responsibility in higher education across the Otis landscape

Information sharing of matters with college-wide or multi-unit impact

  • Ongoing membership of 15 for optimal performance
  • Senior Team members (7): President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and Vice Provost
  • Chief Information Officer (1)
  • Appointments by the President (9)
    • Direct Reports with demonstrated College leadership ability and with key constituency perspective; ongoing terms until notification of completed services
    • Two faculty representatives (Head of Faculty Senate is automatically a member of the President’s Cabinet; three nominations each year by the Faculty Senate to President and Provost for the choice of an additional President’s Cabinet member); staggered two-year terms
    • Two academic chairs or directors (one recommendation each year by the Provost to the President); staggered two-year terms
  •  May expand group for discussion of topics that would benefit from input from more leaders
Membership Responsibilities
  •  Attendance & active participation
  •  Broad consideration of community interests beyond selves and units
  • Ownership of joint decisions
  • Confidentiality & sensitivity
  • Collegial interaction
2011-12 Membership of 15 (September 2011 through August 2012)
  • Jacci den Hartog, Professor in Foundation; Program Director of Sculpture/New Genres, Fine Arts
  • Samuel Hoi, President; Chair of Sr. Cabinet
  • Laura Kiralla, Dean of Students
  •  Randy Lavender, Vice Provost
  •  Meg Linton, Director of Ben Maltz Gallery
  • Dana Lopez, VP of Human Resources & Development
  • Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design
  • Marc Meredith, VP for Enrollment Management
  • Sarah Russin, Assistant VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Bill Schaeffer, VP of Administrative & Financial Services
  • Ed Schoenberg, Special Assistant to the President in Student Success
  •  Kerri Steinberg, Assoc. Professor in Liberal Arts & Sciences; Head of Faculty Senate
  • Carrie Stewart, VP of Institutional Advancement
  • Kerry Walk, Provost
  • Bob Walters, Chief Information Officer
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