brightly colored abstract artwork featured on the arts and technology building lobby wall
Nov 7, 2022

FVCC Art Department Presents Works of Local Painter Christopher Otto Beginning November 8

Flathead Valley Community College’s art department is set to host an opening exhibition for local painter Christopher Otto on November 8 from 4-6pm in the Arts and Technology Building lobby on campus in Kalispell. All are invited to attend and entrance is free.

Christopher Otto is a painter living in Whitefish, Montana. He was born and spent most of life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed his Certificate and Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. When not in his Whitefish painting studio, building houses, or caring for his small family farm, you can find him in the woods or water immersed in a life of fishing, foraging, camping and cooking.

In his recent work, Otto's immersive oil and mixed media paintings take a refreshing approach at representing the landscapes of Northwest Montana. These highly pigmented and elaborately composed abstractions prioritize his desire to replicate the sensation of being in nature over its appearance.

Otto says his work seeks to recreate the space of experiencing new visual phenomena in nature. “These paintings remind us that the nature we observe breathes with us, thanks us for putting down our phones, and rewards us for engaging longer.”

Join the opening event this Tuesday from 4-6pm to view Otto’s collection of works for yourself. For directions to campus and more information about art at FVCC, visit