Otis Grads Reflect On The Value of LAS: Taryn Moller-Nicoll

I have the pleasure off receiving and posting comments from former Otis students who reflect on the benefits of their LAS classes, and how those classes have prepared them for careers in the world. Taryn Moller-Nicoll graduated from Otis with a BFA in 2012, and entered graduate school in 2014. Here are her comments.

“I credit my Otis BFA with preparing me for a successful career in grad school at Louisiana State University, where I have made significant progress, have worked as a local curator and where I am teaching a class to LSU undergrads. I have lectured at Johns Hopkins and in South Africa and I credit the discipline, thinking and studio skills I developed at Otis for much of my readiness. The most influential and critically important class of my undergraduate career at Otis was Senior Thesis, now called Capstone. This classprovided me with a pivotal understanding of the theoretical, cultural and psychological underpinnings of my art making practice. Through a challenging set of reading requirements, extensive writing assignments, rigorous lectures and discussion-filled studio visits with teachers like Professor Donohue,  I left the class empowered with the ability to evaluate, identify and communicate the relationships between my artwork, the world around me and the history that has paved the way for me and my peers as cultural producers.”


Taryn Möller Nicoll is shown here delivering an artist lecture in the 2014 Speakers’ Series at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Magdeburg, Germany, hosted by renowned neurologist Professor Dr. Peter Nestor. Taryn’s lecture addressed the historically affirmed ability of art to influence radical change, and how formal collaborations between artists and scientists can powerfully impact society and advance the goals of medical science.