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Michele Jaquis

Michele Jaquis
Director of Interdisciplinary Studies & the Artists Community Teaching Program, Associate Professor
Teaches In
Creative Action

MFA (sculpture) Rhode Island School of Design; College Teaching Certificate, Brown University's Sheridan Center for Teaching; BFA (sculpture, experimental studio, psychology) Hartford Art School/Univ. of Hartford; (sculpture & drawing) Burren College of Art, Ireland.


Interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator who has been teaching in various departments at Otis since fall 2000. Trained in the expanded field of sculpture (installation, video, performance art), Jaquis combines strategies of conceptual art, documentary and social practice to examine the complexities within personal and social relationships, identity, language and communication, resulting in a range of image-based, object-based, time-based and engagement-based projects. Work has been presented at conferences, film and video festivals, galleries, museums, and alternative spaces across the U.S. and in Australia, Canada, Ireland, England, New Zealand and South Korea. In addition to twenty years teaching at the college level, she has also taught art to incarcerated and at-risk youth and adults with developmental disabilities, and was a therapist of Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Residencies: Field Workshop: Action Projects at the ICA LA, Reciprocity LA Artist Retreat / Asylum Arts + Institute for Jewish Creativity, Skirball Cultural Center, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Vermont Studio Center

Represents Otis on the Arts for LA Advisory Board and in the Pasadena Cultural Partners.

“Meet Michele Jaquis,” Voyage LA Interview, July 10, 2019


Best Short Documentary & Best Editing Nominations, 2019 ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Festival in Toronto, Canada

Otis Sabbatical Spring 2018

Otis Faculty Development Grants: Fall 2016, Fall 2014Spring 2014, Spring 2011

Otis Curricular Innovation Grant for Blended Learning, 2012

CA Commuity Foundation's Next Gen Arts Professional Development Grant, 2011

US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Voice Award Nomination, 2009

Best Documentary 2008 Director’s Chair Film Festival, Staten Island, NY