• 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.

  • 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. 


Ray DiPalma, The Ancient Use of Stone: Journals and Daybooks, 1998–2008


There’s nothing here to be measured
– simply take your share. Pensa, lettor.
The rift in perspective – a record of intuitive endeavors
serendipitous at the graft – limned by the eye.
Blood on the chain, a form of motion
written in black and blue, the body means to go back.
Verticals stagger and extend the spiral
– resisting the pull of gravity, slicing
a disputed form into gestures. Said
– to be – said to be, seen. Said to be.
Argot, hieroglyphics, and the play of appearances,
micromass of all sorts. Tilt of lens,
shape and angle of mirror, light caught in the bevel
from the torch of Phlegyas. Prenda, lettor.

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1943, Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. From 1968–1975 he taught poetry at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than forty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist’s books, sound texts, collages and prints. Among his earlier published collections are January Zero (1984), Raik (1989), Numbers and Tempers (1993), Hôtel des ruines (1993), Provocations (1994), Le tombeau de Reverdy (1998), Letters (1998) and Gnossiennes (2005). His most recent books include L’Usage ancien de la pierre (Editions Greges, 2007), Quatre poèmes (Editions Comp’Act, 2006; both translated by Vincent Dussol), and Caper (with Paul Vangelisti; ML & NLF, Piacenza, 2006). He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9796177-5-1
  • Price:$14.95
  • Published 2009
  • 213 pages

Buy The Ancient Use of Stone: Journals and Daybooks, 1998–2008

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