• Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!


    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on


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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