• You can easily spot The Little Friends of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway. Their work is just as distinctive. JW & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves through their silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, they've continued their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen.

  • "In publishers’ terms, Shock and Awe – a hefty, intellectual book about glam rock – is timely." - Jude Rogers, The Guardian

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures

    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Join us on Thursday, March 2nd for an evening of conversation and exploration! Connect with fellow alumni, see friends, tour our new buildings, and meet President Ferguson at this Alumni Night reception. It will be a casual and fun evening and we hope you can join us. 

    The evening includes:

    A beer and wine reception 

    Introduction of the new Director of Alumni Relations Phil Scanlon

    Campus tour

    Visits to the Anna Craycroft exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery and Millard Sheets Library

  • Brendan Folwer was born 1978, Berkeley, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions include New Portraits (2017), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Portraits (2016), Mathew, New York and New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches (2015), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

  • One of two "Show and Tell" hands-on book events held inside the exhibition Tuning the Room in the Ben Maltz Gallery, featuring selections from the highly regarded Millard Sheets Library Artists’ Books Collection.


  • Paul Lisicky

    Mar 08| Lectures

    Paul Lisicky’s memoirs include The Narrow Door, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and Famous Builder. He is the author of a collection of short prose entitled Unbuilt Projects, and the novels The Burning House, and Lawnboy.


Class Marshals

2016 Class Marshals

Class Marshals are members of the Commencement Committee, and provide the student voice at the Commencement planning meetings. They are also responsible for relaying Commencement information to their classmates.

Class Marshals lead their classmates in the procession. Family and friends can identify them by the special purple regalia worn with their cap and gown. They also receive recognition in the Commencement program.

Please note. Photos and information about the 2017 Class Marshals are still coming in. We will post them as they arrive.

BFA Programs
Sarah Ng, 2017 Class Marshal for BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Sarah Ng

BFA Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

Being at Otis is all about acquiring a sense of place and finding the motivation and inspiration to grow with your peers. One great memory that exemplified this was working overnight with classmates on our projects, not sleeping for over 30 hours to prepare for our final critique. During that 30 hours, we ate the same cold pizza, had the same sleep-deprived symptoms, and felt the same appreciation for the importance of determination and social support. This kind of dedication was maybe only possible with a group of amazing individuals, and was all the more memorable because of them.

I plan on traveling and studying different cultures after commencement. I know I have a limited amount of time before having a career might reduce my ability to travel, and I want to make the most of it. I might attend graduate school to focus on interior architecture and design too.

MFA Programs
Krystle May Statler, 2017 Class Marshal for MFA Writing
Krystle May Statler

MFA Writing

One of my greatest Otis memories was typesetting Alan Loney’s Beginnings for Otis Books; being involved in the text selection process, editing the manuscript and designing the book was a very rewarding and inspirational experience led by Guy Bennett.

After commencement, I will begin the process of establishing my small press, May Be Books, to publish a first-time work of experimental poetry by the end of 2017.


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