• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Material and Checkout Policy for Alumni


Alumni borrowers must have a degree from Otis.
Contact Chelsey Sobel, Institutional Advancement Coordinator, at 310–665–6863 for verification of graduation. The Alumni Office will notify the Library with names of alumni who express an interest in obtaining borrowing privileges from the library and are verified as graduates.
Alumni borrowers receive their library card from the circulation desk at the Library.
Go in person Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Your name must be on verified by the Alumni Office and approved in writing by email to the library before alumni access to the library will be granted.

Millard Sheets Library
Ground floor of the Residence Hall
Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90045

Alumni borrowers sign an agreement form.
Alumni agree to special alumni borrowing guidelines established by the Library.

Alumni borrowers pay a non-refundable, annual $50 fee to the Friends of Library.
Pay this fee at the Library when you fill out the agreement form.

Alumni borrowers have access during regular Library hours.
Check the Millard Sheets Library web site for hours and library resources.

Regulations Pertaining to Alumni

Library cards are not transferable.

All standard Library policies remain in effect except:

  1. Slides and carousels do not circulate to Alumni.
  2. Alumni may borrow up to five items at any one time.
  3. Alumni may borrow books for two weeks.
  4. Alumni renewal period for books is seven days assuming there are no requests pending. You may renew only once.
  5. Alumni may borrow videos for two days.
  6. Alumni renewal period for videos is two days assuming there are no requests pending. You may renew only once.
  7. lumni who do not return library materials within the scheduled loan period will have their borrowing  privileges suspended until the material is returned or renewed. The Library charges fines for overdue material, payable by the borrower. Borrowing privileges will not be restored until material is returned, renewed or replaced, and all outstanding fines and charges have been paid.
  8. There will be no grace period for overdue fines.
    • Overdue fine for books is $.25 per day.
    • Overdue fine for videos is $1.00 (does not include weekends or holidays).
  9. Alumni may place a hold on books that are charged out to students or faculty. However, such holds are subject to cancellation if the material is required for student or faculty use.
  10. In the event library material is lost or damaged, regardless of the reason, the holder of the membership will be held personally liable for replacement of the material, and reinstatement of membership privileges will not be considered until full compensation has been made for the replacement cost of said material and other charges incurred and recorded on the patron account.
  11. Non-return of library material constitutes a debt to the Otis College of Art & Design. Unresolved records and accounts will be turned over to the Finance Department for collection and settlement at the College's discretion.
  12. Alumni privileges do not include off campus access to subscription databases.
  13. The Library reserves the right to cancel or refuse memberships with the approval of the Library Director.
  14. If you are caught stealing, you will forfeit all library privileges indefinitely (without refund) and you will be subject to legal action.
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