• 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


Michael Wright: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


I was awarded a technology grant spring semester 2007 to integrate the Otis Library portfolio program into my spring semester Studio Visits Class.

The Studio Visits class is offered to sophomores in the Digital Media Program. The class focuses on careers in the entertainment industries and tools that will assist students in gaining meaningful employment. The class introduces the different types of careers through visits to over 20 professional studios during the course of the semester. The tools developed during the class are a professional looking resume, cards and letterhead, interviews with leaders in the field, researching of media companies, and the creation of a professional looking reel to use in obtaining an internship or employment.

I have noticed over the last two years that in addition to the reels more companies were starting to view websites as a method of seeing a prospective employee’s body of work. So it was not unusual for a studio dept head to e-mail other players to look at a web site instead of calling a meeting to review a reel. In the industry this saves both time and money.

The building of a website by students is becoming more essential in today’s working environment. This is where the portfolio program stepped into the spotlight. Both my classes were required to do websites. The students found these positive features using the program.

  1. The introduction of the portfolio program was very easy…the program is template driven and very easy for the student to learn and setup.
  2. It gives each student a site that will represent them to the world, that is flexible in terms of change and growth. Each of my students will have a site by the end of there sophomore year that can change and grow as they do.
  3. It really motivated students to create and finish work in other classes so they had work to show on their site.
  4. This site is free to the student and will remain so after they complete their education here at Otis.
  5. It gives everyone of my students an invaluable tool for their career early in their educational experience that allows them to show their work to the world.

Several of my students presented their work to the Academic Assembly on April 25 2007 at the end of the meeting. It was a twenty-minute presentation presented in 10 minutes. At the end of most of these meetings people are up and headed for the doors. In this case although the meeting had ended, they sat mesmerized by what they were seeing of the screen. I believe after that after this presentation of the excellent student web sites created with the portfolio program many instructors will now include building a web presence will be come part of their curriculum.

Portfolios of other Digital Media Students are available through O-Space Spots.

--Michael Wright
Digital Media

Image from the Portfolio of Nick Escasany

Image from the Portfolio of Nick Escasany

Image from the Portfolio of Chris Barischoff

Image from the Portfolio of Chris Barischoff

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