• Otis College’s Fine Art Department presents:

    “How to Live?”

    Otis College of Art and Design
    Undergraduate Fine Arts Critic-in-Residence, 2016 – 2017


    7:30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016
    In Otis College's Goldsmith Campus Forum
    Free and open to the public

  • Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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.


Artists, Community, and Teaching

Study Art Education and Community Engagement while earning your BFA.

The Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT) Program prepares students for a range of professional practices as socially engaged artists, designers and educators in diverse communities and contexts through two minors:  Community Arts Engagement and Teacher Credential Preparation.

BFA students can enroll by declaring their chosen ACT Minor through Interdisciplinary Studies.

Continuing Education students can participate through concurrent enrollment in either the Teacher Credential Preparation track or the Teaching Artist Track of the CE Art Education Certificate program.

Students enrolled in an ACT Minor will...

  • Develop and articulate a meaningful connection between their studio art/design practice and an engagement with their community.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices and theories of arts education and community engagement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of career opportunities for community-based and teaching artists/designers.
  • Develop, and in some cases implement, innovative and engaging projects for school or community settings.
  • Participate in professional practice training through off-campus teaching and community arts internships.

Students enrolled in the Teacher Credential Preparation Minor will also:

Subject Matter in Art Compentency Evaluations: Evaluation of subject-matter compentency (CSET Waiver) for non-Otis ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation students is available for a $80.00 fee and takes 6-8 weeks to complete. Read more...


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