• 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).

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  • 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.


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    Oct 31| Lectures

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    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. 

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Bob Mackie and Macerich’s Santa Monica Place to Receive 2011 Design Awards From Otis College of Art and Design

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place
Bob Mackie
Bob Mackie
Art Coppola
Art Coppola

LOS ANGELES - (January 26, 2011) - Otis College of Art and Design announced today the distinguished recipients of its annual art and design awards. Acclaimed costume designer Bob Mackie, a longtime supporter of the Otis fashion design program, will receive the 2011 Otis Design Legend Award. Art Coppola, CEO of Macerich Company will accept the 2011 Otis Creative Vision Award on behalf of Santa Monica Place, the premier shopping and dining destination that incorporates green-building practices into its modern architecture and day-today business.

“Otis and Santa Monica Place resonate in our common belief and action in the creative economy, community engagement, and sustainability. The legendary Bob Mackie has mentored our Otis fashion design students for more than two decades. Otis recognized his incredible talent and successful career by awarding Bob an honorary degree in 2005,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design, when announcing the honorees. “Otis College is thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate both of these deserving style beacons – the designer and the destination!”

The new Santa Monica Place opened in August 2010 and is now a renowned retail center for the West Coast. Distinctive department stores and fashion boutiques such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Nike, BCBGMaxAzria, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Kitson L.A., in addition to chef-driven dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make Santa Monica Place a stylish one-of-a kind experience. The company behind the refreshed property is Santa Monica-based Macerich. Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board and CEO Art Coppola, Macerich is dedicated to a partnership approach to property development. Macerich exemplifies how planning, investment and support can result in a collaborative and successful environment for its business partners, consumers who visit its properties, and members of the surrounding community.

The scope of Bob Mackie's fashion, home furnishings and entertainment career is enormous and continues to expand. Mackie's reputation was built designing for and dressing the most glamorous and charismatic women in the world, including Cher, Tina Turner and most recently - the Grammy Award winning artist Pink. For years, Mackie’s designs have graced the most famous stars in the entertainment industry. And now, his sportswear collections, eyewear, signature fragrance, collectible Barbie® dolls, luggage and home furnishings are available to everyone.

Previous Otis awardees are: Dr. Bijan Pakzad, Chairman and Designer of House of Bijan, Beverly Hills, and Disney and Warner Bros illustrator and Otis alumnus Tyrus Wong (2010), Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Hurley International, and Sally Frame Kasaks, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. (2009), Anne Globe of DreamWorks Animation and Brad Globe of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (2008), Jacque Hall and Paul Fitzpatrick of Macy’s (2007), Joseph Abboud, Cirque du Soleil and Roxy (2006), Mindy Grossman and Peter Kolsky of Nike, Inc. (2005), Roger Williams of Warnaco Swimwear Group and Susan Crank of Lunada Bay Corporation (2004), Tim Kilpin of The Walt Disney Company (2003), Matt Bousquette of Mattel, Richard Baker of Op and Linda Platzner of Primedia (2002), actor/artist Dennis Hopper, sculptor Robert Graham and swimwear designer Anne Cole (2001), Max Azria of BCBG (2000), Bob McKnight of Quiksilver (1999), Todd Oldham and Dan Romanelli of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (1998), and Michael Gould of Bloomingdale’s (1997).

Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place will receive their awards at the 29th annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 7, 2011 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Over 1,000 leaders in entertainment, fashion, business and finance as well as society patrons, press, celebrities, students, alumni and other supporters are expected to attend the gala. The runway show of student designs is considered one of L.A.’s biggest and best annual fashion shows.

The 2011 event co-chairs are Shelley Reid and Adrianne Zarnegin. This annual event is Otis College's largest fundraiser, last year grossing $1 million in scholarships for art and design students. Tickets and additional information are available at or by calling (310) 665-6858.

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Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at
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