• Public-Library is a cross-disciplinary design studio in Los Angeles. They construct identities, concepts and experiences for brands through the practice of reduction using fundamental typographic theory and experimentation with space and form.

    Ramón Coronado and Marshall Rake met as design students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After studying, working, and exhibiting independently for many years—both stateside and internationally—their design philosophy and approach brought them back together as Public-Library in 2011.

  • Sandra Lim

    Mar 29| Lectures

    Sandra Lim is the author of two collections of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque and The Wilderness, winner of the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Louise Glück. Her work is also included in the anthologies Gurlesque, The Racial Imaginary, and Among Margins: An Anthology on Aesthetics. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Research Institute.

  • Intern Recruitment Day

    Mar 30| Special Event
    Continental breakfast will be from 8:00 – 8:45, interviews will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Otis welcomes companies that are recruiting for Summer internships in the following areas: Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Communications Arts, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Product Design, Toy Design.
  • A quintessentially Los Angeles artist, Larry Johnson has worked for over 4 decades investigating the inherent contradictions between the shiny surfaces and underlying cynical logics of American culture. His works reference the languages of animation (especially the fantasy worlds of Walt Disney), graphic and commercial design, and advertising.

  • A limited number of tickets are available to FUN HOME, an emotionally charged and poignant family drama, inspired by the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel, in which she explores her coming out and the suicide of her domineering father Bruce. Sign up in the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Life Center Room 150E.

  • Edgar Arceneaux was born in Los Angeles in 1972. He investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.


Cathy Lightfoot's Sensation of Color

Mar 21, 2016
Spotlight Category: Faculty

In 2013, Cathy Lightfoot, Adjunct Associate Professor, started an informal exploration of color relationships in her sketchbook. A painter, Lightfoot used the series of informal gouache exercises to explore color gradations, and color relationships that appear to generate light energy. The project grew into a focused and systematic investigation numbering over 120 gouache paintings that she intended to arrange in combinations for use when planning her larger paintings.

Lightfoot knew that to use the series most effectively, she would need to devise a catalog of sorts, a way to index her findings so that she could navigate through the collection, and even share the exercises as a tool for other artists.

Inspired in part by Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color in the Otis Library’s Special Collections, Lightfoot’s solution was to reproduce the images as a set of individual prints and group them into chapters. This would become the artist’s book, Sensation of Color: A Painter's Inquiry.

In the Fall of 2014, Lightfoot received a Faculty Development Grant from Otis to fund the printing of two copies of Sensation of Color, one full-scale, 7 x10” copy for exhibition and a smaller, 5 x 7” "studio set" for the artist’s personal use. The 120 gouache on paper investigations from 2013-2014 became individual inkjet prints, which were housed in two archival boxes that she constructed, with materials also funded by the grant.

“This project got me to think about things that as a painter I'm not used to thinking about- like fonts, font color, the way paper feels in your hand, the design and construction of a slipcase, the acidity of book cloth, and how to maintain concept continuity across so many different elements,” says Lightfoot. “I was continually challenged and pushed in new directions and I learned a lot.”

Cathy Lightfoot has been teaching at Otis College of Art and Design since 2005, teaching in the Foundation and Creative Action programs. Sensation of Color: A Painter’s Inquiry is on view in the Millard Sheets Library through March 28, 2016. To see more of Lightfoot’s work, follow her sketchbook blog or website

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