• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


Information Literacy | Research How Tos OLD

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Learning Goal: Otis graduates will be able to assemble, evaluate, and ethically use information from diverse sources to accomplish a specific purpose.

Simple Guides


What is Info Lit?

Information Literacy = Survival

Introduction to Information Literacy from the Association of College & Research Libraries

Information Literacy at Otis: Learning Outcomes by Level

LIB globe  What is Information Literacy?

The Information Cycle 10 minute movie tutorial from Penn State

Know the Otis Library

About the Library

About Call Numbers

LIB libtour  Quick Library Tour

The Research Process

Concept Mapping

Example of How to Begin Researching a Topic

How to Clarify Your Topic

How to Broaden or Narrow Your Topic

Starting Research  Beginning Your Research

video  Scholarship is a Conversation

 What is a Research Paper  What is a Research Paper

Doing Research: An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching from University of Illinois

Research Paper Calculator from Tufts University

Finding Articles in Online Subscription Databases

Finding Articles in Periodicals

About Periodical Indexes

About Databases

About Keyword Searching

How to Clarify Your Topic

What Are Databases and Why You Need Them video by Yavapai College

"Seeking Information" Tutorial (5 min. Flash animation) from University of Colorado

Choosing a Database short Flash tutorial from University of Colorado

Evaluating Sources

Types of Information

Primary and Secondary Sources

Criteria for Evaluating Information

CRAAP Detection

Sample Annotations (the Otis Way)

Identify Your Sources  Identify Your Sources with Dr. Giuntini

LIB infolit cartoon  Why Can't I Just Google?

Peer Review in 5 Minutes - video by North Carolina State University Libraries

Evaluating Information In-depth interactive tutorial with quizzes from University of Newcastle

Credible Sources Count! 10 minute animated interactive tutorial from Acadia University

Using Boolean Logic

Boolean Logic (advanced searching)

Boolean Operators Video 3 minute YouTube Video explaining the concept

Using AND, OR, and NOT interactive tutorial from Colorado State

Searching Effectively Using Truncation interactive tutorial from Colorado State University

Using Information Ethically

Citing Sources

Copyright / Intellectual Property

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It


Don't forget to run your paper through Grammarly just to be sure you don't have any uncited quotes!

Copyright video  Copyright Basics Video

How to Avoid Plagiarism Outstanding Flash movie tutorials from Rutgar's University

You Quote It, You Note It!

Bruin Success with Less Stress

Copyright and Creative Commons Flash Movies


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