• 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.

  • 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.


Steve McAdam

Steve McAdam
Founding Academic Chair
Teaches In

MFA, Film/Design, California Institute of the Arts

BFA, Film/Animation, California Institute of the Arts


Steve McAdam is an educator and award-winning designer in product design, packaging, graphic design, animation and film.  His career began as a child actor, working on a variety of television shows that included; Riverboat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, Whispering Smith, Wagon Train, Cimarron City and others.

As an undergraduate in film at Cal-Arts he worked as an assistant animator for television and motion pictures on Hanna Barbara, Jay Ward, Mirakami-Wolf and Pantomime Pictures cartoons, and on the feature film Yellow Submarine.  He also interned as a camera assistant on the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter and as a post-production assistant on the academy award winning documentary Woodstock.  In graduate school he worked as a documentary filmmaker for public television, directing and editing the biographical documentary series on famous scientific figures entitled “The Living Legends”, which aired on KCET and the BBC.

He was the former Director of Product Design at Mattel Toys in Infant/Preschool, Games, and the Activities/Entertainment groups and working on brands that included Barbie, He-Man, See N’ Say, Disney, Nickelodeon, Wham-O.   As a graphic design, illustrator, he worked as a freelance political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and illustrated numerous educational books, children’s books, and a line greeting cards.  In advertising and packaging design he started the packaging department for Prism Entertainment in Century City.  As Vice President of Creative Services for the Leo Paper Group and Leo Luxe Packaging a global printer and product manufacturer he has worked in the publishing, gift and stationery and packaging industries and conducted creative workshops with clients that include; Hallmark, Disney Publishing, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Studio 100, Coppenrath, Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Rand McNally, Zondervan, Nordstrom, Starbucks, to name a few.
He has taught Toy Design and Cartoon Illustration and Storyboarding at UCLA and is the Founding Academic Chair of Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design.


Awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Awards for best educational documentary, 1974, 1975

Toy of the Year Award, Mattel, 1987

China Print Award, 2009


Visioneering and the Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging News, 2014

The Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging Digest, 2014

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist