• Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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.



Hudson Teaching

Sabbatical Leave

Otis College of Art and Design understands and supports the restorative and creative value of faculty sabbaticals. The purpose of sabbatical leave is to enable full-time faculty members to pursue scholarly and/or professional creative development with a degree of concentration and freedom not normally possible while teaching a full-time schedule. A sabbatical leave is an investment by the College in a faculty member's capacity to contribute to the objectives of the College, i.e. professional standing, achievement of excellence in instruction, and/or service. Therefore, sabbatical leave applications are approved only when there is adequate reason to believe they will achieve this purpose. A sabbatical leave is not automatically earned by length of employment. Sabbatical outcomes will be shared with the college community as described in the approved leave application. Otis College of Art and Design is committed to awarding an appropriate number of sabbaticals each year.

Eligibility Requirements

Full-time faculty, Chairs and Assistant Chairs are eligible to apply after a minimum of seven years, or a cumulative total of fourteen semesters, of full-time service to Otis College of Art and Design. Thereafter, faculty will be eligible after six years of full-time service following their last sabbatical leave. No more than one sabbatical will be awarded to an individual during a seven-year period. Persons granted sabbaticals may not teach, part-time or full-time, during their leave, unless specifically included and described in their application and approved by the Provost. Other faculty development leaves, or any other conditions of non-sequential full-time service to the institution such as release time, will be factored into an applicant‘s eligibility status and considered by the Faculty Development Committee in determining priority and institutional impact. See the Faculty Handbook for further information and eligibility requirements.

Application Process

Faculty Sabbatical Application Form  Application Deadline: March 1st (each year).

All users: To avoid problems with the application form above, please follow these instructions.

  1. Download and complete the form:
    • Right click over the link and choose "Save Link As... " or "Save Target As..", depending on your browser. Note: if you simply click on the link it will open the form in a browser window, which prohibits filling it out or saving.
    • After downloading to your computer, open fhe form with Adobe Acrobat, complete it and save.
  2. Print a copy and, in a timely manner, submit to your Chair for approval (please allow min. 2 weeks).
  3. Submit the signed hardcopy to the Provost's Office.

Mac users: Be sure you open the form with Acrobat, by default your computer will want to open the form in Preview, which will not work properly. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form. 

Example Applications: Sabbatical Applications vary, just as faculty activities do. For your reference, view two successful sabbatical applicatons:  Example 1,  Example 2.

The Sabbatical Report

Upon the completion of Sabbatical Leave, faculty are required to disseminate the outcomes of their leave activities to the broader Otis academic community, and post a report here. View 3 sample 2010-11 Sabbatical Reports:

Guy Bennett
Heather Joseph-Witham
Christian Mounger
Linda Pollari


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