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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event

    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.


  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures

    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.


  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.



Special Initiatives

Faculty with iPad


The Blended Learning Initiative

Blended Learning is form of e-Learning that “blends” face-to-face teaching with online delivery.  

To Date @ Otis:

  • 68 faculty have completed the Bricks & Clicks Course
  • 141 e-Learning courses have been offered (Blended + Online) since summer 2008


Not sure about Blended Learning?  
Not sure where to begin when it comes to instructional technology?

Otis’ Instructional Designer, Jean-Marie Venturini, is available to visit your course to learn about your teaching needs and collaborate with you on technology-enhanced teaching tools that might best serve your specific course and teaching style.

Schedule a Visit! 


The iPAD Pilot Project

Since fall 2011, LAS has integrated the use of iPADs into one section of first year English courses to determine its viability as:

Online Textbook
Tool for Enabling Collaboration and Project-Based Learning
Support for Blended Learning
Coolness Factor

We are currently exploring use of the iPAD in studio courses.

Ipad Class in 309


The Faculty iProject

Spring 2014 launches the faculty iProject. Interested participants receive an iPad to use for the semester. Faculty are encouraged to  explore the functionality of the iPad and educational apps that may be useful in the classroom.


  • 13 studio faculty
  • 6 liberal arts faculty

Jason Burton teahcing student in PD with iPad

Faculty Jason Burton with student (Grace) sourcing hardware for her furniture project during Product Design class (spring 2014).


The Otis MOOC Experiment

June 17, 2013,  Otis launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called "The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century" taught by Dr. Parme Giuntini.
This MOOC examines key issues surrounding the making, viewing, and interpretation of modern art.




“Otis is thrilled to offer such an important course free to the public and taught by a brilliant, dynamic professor,” said Otis Provost Kerry Walk. “As an educational institution, Otis strives to enrich the world by sharing knowledge with the community beyond our campus. Anyone interested in such ‘modern geniuses’ as Monet, van Gogh, and Picasso, and their impact on contemporary life and art, will find this course exhilarating.”