Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Free Image Resources

Image Resources at Otis

Including Otis Library's Imaging Projects and subscription databases.

OtisDID
Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Otis Collections Online Showcase for Otis collections and a repository for Otis archives. Images and materials from the Library, Galleries, Departments and Faculty.
Material Connexion Resource on materials: polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based, cement-based materials, metals, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.


Resources on the Web

Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues)
Copyright and Web Images
Where to Find High-Res Images Online

LIB            movies

A library containing thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
See also: Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr
Flickr Creative Commons

Searches Flickr CC-labeled images which may be used under certain conditions such as attribution. Check rights before use. You can also search directly through Flickr Advanced Search.

wikimedia Wikimedia Commons - Serves images and other media for Wikipedia. Some hi-res images from the Google Art Project are also available here.
dpla

Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Also check out the New York Public Library's public domain collections at http://publicdomain.nypl.org/



Copyright/Royalty-Free Collections

Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries  - Links to 12 US Government collections with images in the public domain.
  MorgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
  Open Clip Art Library - Clip art images available for downloading and remixing; all images are in the public domain.
  Open Photo - Moderated photo community with the goal of uniting image consumers and producers through friendly Creative Commons licensing. (Royalty-free images, many of which are free.)
  OpenGLAM - Portal to Open Access collections with images completely in the public domain. Some museums, including the Getty Open Content and NGA Images, are also listed here. See Open Culture for more resources.
  Public Domain Pictures - A repository for free public domain images. Not everything is free.
  Stock.xchng - FREE royalty-free images. (Requires sign-up.)
  Freeimages - 6000 images. (Require credit.)


Architecture and Urban Design

ArchNet - Collection of images, books, maps, drawings, and more of architecture and urban design in the Muslim world.
  Digital Imaging Project - Images of architecture, historical sites, and more taken by Professor Mary Sullivan at Bluffton U. (Some large, some not.)
  Totally Free Images - photos come from old books that have gone out of copyright, and US government sources.
  Public Domain Photos has a growing collection of both photographs and clip art.
  Emporis - Database of worldwide commerical real estate information and construction data.
  Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles - Search for murals in Los Angeles County by title and neighborhood as well as by muralist. For graffiti from around the world, check out the Street Art Project of the Google Cultural Institutes.


Art and Art History

Many museums are opening their digital images for research, including local institutions like LACMA and the Getty. Other institutions include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. (Some sites require registration.)
  Google Cultural Institute, including the Google Art Project - Images from collections around the world. You can even navigate within some galleries using "museum view."
  Saskia - High quality images of art history (hundreds are already available in OtisDID, but there may be some we still need.)
  Smithsonian Collections Search Center - Search across the collections of the Smithsonian's museums and archives.
  Web Gallery of Art - Survey site with a focus on Renaissance European painting and sculpture
  World Images - Survey site of art historical images


Printing and Book Arts

Database of Bookbindings - Produced by the British Library.
  Papyrus Collection - The University of Michigan has made its large collection of papyrus fragments available digitally.


Historical Images and Documents

American Memory Project - Powered by the Library of Congress, the site offers access to images and documents of US history from different institutions.
  Calisphere - The California Digital Library offers this collection of images of California history. (Images vary in size.)
  Civil Rights Digital Library - Contains a plethora of primary sources, including images, sound and video
  Historical Anatomies on the Web - The National Libraries of Medicine has posted excellent images from many antique books on anatomy.
  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - The online catalog contains many images of items from their collection, some of which are public domain.
  Photogrammar - Search photographs from the Farm Services Adminisitions (FSA-OWI) that are housed in the Library of Congress.
  Digital Vaults - Search for materials from the US National Archives using the semantic web.
  Screen Search Fashion - Thematic guide to 1920s-1930s UK fashion and dress via film archive (no still images)
  Visible Earth - NASA project. Some of these images may also be available in NIX (NASA Image Exchange), which is available through the OtisDID.