• Otis College’s Fine Art Department presents:

    “How to Live?”

    Otis College of Art and Design
    Undergraduate Fine Arts Critic-in-Residence, 2016 – 2017


    7:30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016
    In Otis College's Goldsmith Campus Forum
    Free and open to the public

  • Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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.


Blaine Fontana

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Having grown up on an island in the Seattle area, BlaineFontana” Hogg (’02, Communication Arts) made his way through Otis and received top honors with the “Best in Show” award.

While still in school, he worked as an art director at a cutting edge design firm (Abound LLC.) and also at a fashion/lifestyle magazine (Metro.Pop); he has since worked as an Art Director for a young men’s apparel company (Drifter). In January of 2003 he opted for self-employment as a fine artist and designer. “I wanted to put my own voice and vision out there,” says Fontana, “so I left the company and starting working on my own projects. I haven’t looked back.”

Fontana’s work is featured in a monograph that samples his work from 2002-2006. Drawing on elements and experiences as diverse as Asian calligraphy, found objects, and the vibrant color palette of graffiti, Fontana integrates the urban and the natural worlds. His particular vision invokes religious myths, worldly folklore and contemporary social observations that result in work that harmoniously integrates the organic and inorganic, the physical and metaphysical, order and chaos.

Fontana’s freelance lifestyle affords him some extra time to commit to RTEA (Reaching To Embrace Arts), an L.A. organization that raises money to buy supplies and fund art programs for seven inner-city elementary schools. Fontana has worked as an art director/curator and web master. “I became aware of the tremendous under-funding of art programs in our public schools,” says Fontana. “RTEA is helping the next generation get the encouragement they need. Art opens a young person’s mind to the things that are beautiful in this world. Art programs help round out a person’s life experience. My life has been better because of art, and I want to share this opportunity with others.”


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