• 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


Academic Awards

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Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors.

2016 Valedictory Award

Sharon Kellermann, a Product Design major, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2016. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony. Sharon was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance throughout her Otis career and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on detail-oriented, farsighted design.

2016 Otis Valedictorian

Born in Munich, Germany to an Argentinian mother and Polish father, Sharon Kellermann brought to Otis an international, multicultural background. She attributes her high level of drive and passion for design excellence to all that she was exposed to through her many travels. In her words, “the sense of home is not limited to a single place; it can emerge as a feeling of comfort that can be evoked by good design.” Recently, she was honored by the Kamm Teapot Foundation Collection, which added to its holdings a special addition of her original vessel design.  Sharon also had the pleasure of interning for the product development arm of Williams-Somoma’s Pottery Barn division, where she contributed analysis and brand strategy related to a desk clock collection, the Functional Accessories category, and Millennial Home Furnishing behavior. Among her future goals is to professionally design new products in a way that facilitates communication and translates complex ideas into captivating product concepts for everyday uses. 

In all these ways, and in so many others, Sharon Kellermann truly embodies the aspirations of the College. Samples of her work may be seen at

2016 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee. Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony.



The 2016 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:
Ryan English, A/L/I
Justine Hall, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration
Stacie Martinez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design

Shane Parton, Digital Media

Khanhlinh Su, Fashion Design

Alyssa Zack, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres
Olivia Obrecht, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Sharon Kellermann, Product Design
Arpine Keurjikian, Toy Design

Xiao Zhu, MFA Graphic Design
Emily Ansara Baines, MFA Writing

Kathryn Kert-Green, MFA Fine Arts
Maria Margarethe Drexel, MFA Public Practice

2016 Distinction in Studio Awards
Architecture/Landscape/Interiors 2015-2016 Awards for Excellence in Design
Juan Febres - Cordero- Studio 1, Fall 2015
Juan Febres - Cordero- Studio 2, Spring 2016
Adam Harris - Studio 3, Fall 2015
Adam Harris - Studio 4, Spring 2016 
Po-Chiang (Kelvin) Tseng - Studio 5A, Fall 2015
Tim Jordan - Studio 5B, Fall 2015 
Tim Jordan - Studio 6A, Spring 2016
Ghadeer Alburaiki - Studio 6B, Spring 2016
Darien Noguchi - Constructions, Spring 2016
Toy Design Department’s Distinction in Studio Awards
Eloy Martinez-Aguilar - Toy Design I Studio, Fall 2013
Narae Annabelle Jeong - Toy Design II Studio, Spring 2014
Miguel Nash - Toy Design III Studio, Fall 2014
Monique Givens - Mattel Sponsored Studio, Fall 2014
Arpine Keurjikian - Toy Design IV Studio, Spring 2015
Yeon Kyung Lim - Toy Design IV Studio, Spring 2015
Alex Martin - Toy Design V Studio, Fall, 2015
Molly Womack - Mattel Sponsored Studio, Fall 2015
Honors List
An honor given to graduating seniors (Undergraduate only) who achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher as of Spring semester. See this year's list here.
Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List. 

Academic Awards Archive



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