• 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


OtisDID Help


What is the OtisDID?

The Otis Digital Image Database is an imagebank of art historical and design images intended for educational and instructional use only. Faculty, students, and staff of Otis College may log in to the Otis DID to create “slideshows” for study and educational purposes. You can even use these digital images in the classroom instead of slides. Since this is a web application, you may access this site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How do I login?

Use your email username and password to log in. If you have forgotten your password, you will need to go in person to Academic Computing (students) or Information Systems (faculty and staff) to reset it.

What can Faculty do with the OtisDID?

  • Search across multiple collections
  • Create slideshows
  • Organize slideshows within folders
  • Save searches
  • Select favorites
  • Add your own images to your personal collections
  • Package slide shows for off-line viewing
  • Add notes to an image which will be carried into multiple slideshows

What can Students do with the OtisDID?

  • Search across multiple collections
  • Create slideshows
  • Access active slideshows created by their teachers
  • Print out slideshows with thumbnails
  • Create flash cards from active slideshows

Where can I get training on the OtisDID?

One-on-one, workshops, in-class demos, and more options are available. Please contact Heather Cleary in the Visual Resources Center for scheduling. The TLC usually holds one or two workshops for faculty each term.

Also check out the Library Blog for announcements and updates.

Do you have any handouts?


The images I need for class are not in the OtisDID.

We are continually adding images to the imagebank and are always happy to receive requests. Please follow these procedures.

Can I add my own images to the OtisDID?

Faculty can create a personal collection by using the My Images feature under MyMDID. Directions are available in the handouts above. For best results in the the classroon, the images should be at least 1000px in on the longest side.
Students may not upload their own images.

I cannot find the Image Viewer on the Mac in the Smart Classroom. Help!

The stand-alone Image Viewer program does not work on Macs running OS Lion and higher. Instead, use the online Media Viewer. More information in this announcement.

Are there any other image databases available to the Otis Community?

Yes. Please visit the Image Databases and Resources page provided by the Otis Library for the most current list.

What is MDID?

Madison Digital image Database (MDID) is the underlying software. It was developed at James Madison University for art historians by art historians.

How do I report a bug? or have a suggestion?

Please contact Heather Cleary in the VRC.