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Patricia (Patty) Kovic

Patricia (Patty) Kovic
Teaches In
Artists, Community and Teaching
Creative Action
Interdisciplinary Studies

Patricia  Kovic is a Professor at Otis College of Art and Design, where she focuses on a successful interdisciplinary teaching practice through the Product Design, Artist Community, and Teaching and Creative Action programs. She is the lead faculty for the Creative Action course Neighbor Gap Bridge, which embraces inclusive, community-based, radical pedagogy. Ms. Kovic was awarded a Teaching Artist Residency at the Skirball Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition “Creating the United States.” She is the recipient of an Otis Curricular Innovation Grant for Blended Learning, in support of her dedication to digitally focused, future learning models. Patricia enjoys writing about Experimental, Educational Innovation and has published and presented her ideas in a variety of venues, including AICAD (The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America), and most recently The 2019 Paris Design Summit and Tate Talks at the Tate Gallery in London. Ms. Kovic lives in Los Angeles, California, and is a designer at

  • LA Business Council Award recognized Studio Morris in collaboration with John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects for their environmental graphics for the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech LA.
  • Next LA Design Award / John Friedman Alice Kim Architects / Galcit Signage
  • Communication Arts CA
  • AIGA Communication Graphics
  • AIGA Insides and Outsides
  • Creativity Certificate of Distinction
  • How Magazine Self Promotion Annual
  • How Magazine International Annual of Design
  • Art Director’s Club
  • Print Regional Annual
  • Clio Nominee


Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

2013: Spring Retreat for Otis College Creative Action, Skirball Cultural Center Residency
2012: Neighbor Gap Bridge: Innovative Teaching Pedagogies/Community Arts Engagement
2011: Neighbor Gap Bridge: Innovative Teaching Pedagogies/Community Arts Engagement, Skirball Cultural Center 
2011: K-12 Teaching Residency: What is Media?, Otis College of Art and Design
2011: Future Tense: Neighbor Gap Bridge, The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) 
2011: Creativity and 21st Century Learning, Los Angeles Music Center and Otis College of Art and Design 
2011: President's Convening: Teaching and Learning Initiative, Otis College of Art and Design


  • 2012, Skirball Cultural Center Teaching Residency in collaboration with the Library of Congress Exhibition: "Creating The United States"

Gallery Collaborations

  • 2017, Anna Craycroft: Tuning the Room / Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design
  • 2015, Lucy+Jorge Orta: Food, Water, Life / Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

Available on 

  • I Hate Creativity
  • Design For Gender Equity In The Art And Design Teaching Workplace
  • Designing High-Impact Learning Environments For Civic Engagement And Using Meaningful Metrics To Assess Them
  • Chopped Kitchen: Recipe for Future Design Education
  • Ready or not, Here We Come: Play as a tool to discover and shape new contexts
  • Neighbor Gap Bridge: Empathy Driven, Community Informed Education in a Knowledge Economy
Clients/Employment History:  

Education Employment 

  • 2015/2018, Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Otis College of Art and Design
  • 2001-Present, Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies / Creative Action Integrated Learning (CAIL), Otis College of Art and Design
  • 1992-1995, Visiting Professor, Pratt Graduate Studies

Industry Employment 

  • 2016-Present, Industrial Design, Entrepreneurial Department, Kansas City Art Institute
  • 2015-Present, Designer, Facility: Brand and Design Consultancy
  • 2009-Present, Creative Director, SOL-LA Music Academy
  • 1995-2015, Designer, Studio Morris: Brand and Design Consultancy
  • 1989-1994, Creative Director, Delucia Design
  • 1986-1989, Designer, Knoll International


  • The Arts: Getty Museum, Heidi Duckler Dance, Art Walk / NY
  • BioTech/Health Care/Science: Caltech, Careside, Celgene, Advacar, Curative Technologies, Viagene, Syncor, JPL, Advanced Tissue Sciences
  • FinancialMastercard International
  • Furniture/Interiors: Schumacher, Knoll, ICF, Unika Vaev, Blumenthal, Westpoint Stevens, JM Lynne, Kanner Architect, Friedman Kim Architects, JBI
  • Retail: Toscorp/Tuscan Square, Krups
  • Hotel/Resort: Medallion Hotels, Rock Resorts, Ocean Reef Club, Watermark, Fonatur, Apollo Realty Advisors
  • Fashion/Beauty: Prescriptives, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hot Sox, Liz Claiborne, Swatch, Murad
  • Insurance: New York Life, Oxford Health Plans
  • Technology: Global Crossing, IBM
  • Paper: Mead, Champion, Star Corrugated, Curtis, Domtarr
  • College/Education: Bard College, Swiss College of Hospitality
  • Non-Profits/Associations: Coalition for the Homeless, SOL-LA Music Academy, Skirball Cultural Center