• 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.

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


Concentric Conversations Series

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

OTIS Graduate Public Practice Program Presents Concentric Conversations, Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, February 25-27, 2011


LOS ANGELES – February 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program welcomes educational theorist Christopher Robbins as the keynote presenter for Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, the latest offering in the Concentric Conversations dialogic event series. Robbins will facilitate discussions between artists and educators during a weekend focused on the philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy in relationship to public practice in art. Guided by the writings of critical pedagogy scholar Henry Giroux and other educational theorists and activists, the weekend’s conversations, case studies by artists, and public presentations will explore the common pedagogical ground between art and education. Voice is free and open to the public.

Participating artists and educators in this Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27 event include Otis faculty members S.A. Bachman, Krista Caballero, and Malik Gaines; Karla Diaz of Slanguage; Sean Dockray and Caleb Waldorf of Public School; Ken Ehrlich, Ashley Hunt, and Unique Holland of the Alameda County Department of Education; Chris Johnson and Dont Rhine of Ultra-red; and Otis MFA students speaking on their project Dismantled.

Christopher Robbins is Associate Professor of Social Foundations at Eastern Michigan University. His research interests include critical and public pedagogy, the interrelationships of social and educational policy, racism and racial inequality, and the impacts of criminalization and militarization on schools and public culture. He is the author of Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling (SUNY, 2008).

Organized by Suzanne Lacy and Sara Daleiden of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program, the Concentric Conversations series encourages discourse among Los Angeles cultural practitioners. The Graduate Public Practice Program is the only educational curriculum in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, focusing both on collaborative and individual art production.

For further information about the Graduate Program contact:
Otis Graduate Public Practice Program
1657 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 846-2610


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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