• 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.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 


Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

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2006 Alumni Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Center
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

This survey exhibition highlighted the lasting impact of Los Angeles artists and movements, and demonstrated the seminal influence of Otis, L.A.’s first professional school of art.


Kent Twitchel, 6 LA Artists


"Even before Kerry James Marshall took a drawing class at Otis, Charles White was one of his heroes. The Carver Junior High student had read about White, and was thrilled to learn that the painter taught and had a studio at Otis. When White walked into his classroom, recalls Marshall, “That was it for me.
It was a life-altering experience.” Both Marshall and Otis have come a long way since that day back in the ’60s. Marshall is a 1978 Otis graduate whose own paintings are now in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And today, Otis trains not just painters and sculptors but also toy and fashion designers."

Excerpt of historical essay by Barbara Isenberg (PDF)

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Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Exhibition at Barnsdall Art Center

Video about Alumni public art in Los Angeles (no audio)

THE Magazine on Otis' first 90 years (PDF)

OMAG Volume 1: Nine Decades of Fine Art (PDF)


Exhibiting Alumni
Anders Aldrin
Carlos Almaraz
John Altoon
Stuart Arends
Tetsuji Aono
Anissa Balson
Billy Al Bengston
Sandow Birk
Suzanne Caporael
George Chann
Hideo Date
Alonzo Davis
Alex Donis
Richard Evans
Kim Fisher
Keiko Fukazawa
Gajin Fujita
Diane Gamboa
Camille Rose Garcia
Zhenya Gershman
Roberto Gil de Montes
Lawrence Gipe
Bob Glover
David Grant
Mineko Grimmer
Kevin Hanley
John Hench
Bryan Hunt
Carmine Iannaccone
Edgar Ibarra-Lepe
Robert Irwin
Ulysses Jenkins
Annetta Kapon
Cindy Kolodziejski
Bari Kumar
Leslie Labowitz-Starus
Paul Landacre
Harold Lehman
Barry Le Va
Peter Liashkov
Kerry James Marshall
John Mason
Carlos Mollura
Joseph Mugnaini
Sandeep Mukherjee
Ruben Ochoa
Benji Okubo
Sarah Perry
Richard Pettibone
Ken Price
Tom Recchion
Lucas Reiner
Steve Roden
Leslie Rosdol
Allison Saar
Jacqueline Sage
Oshin Saginian
Porntip Sangvanich
Ruth C. Snyder
Paul Soldner
Coleen Sterritt
Whitney Stolich
Masami Teraoka
Timothy Tompkins
Eloy Torrez
Don Totten
Kent Twitchell
Patssi Valdez
Jeffrey Vallance
Mark Dean Veca
Darren Waterston
Carrie Whitney
Cecily Grossman Willis
Tyrus Wong
Bruce Yonemoto
Liz Young
Norman Zammitt
Peter Zokosky
Milford Zornes
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist