• 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


Design Symposium Draws International Talent

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Otis College of Art and Design hosts a vibrant international learning community of students, faculty, and visiting artists for 2013 Design Week
Otis College: MFA GD Design Week Summer 2013
Visiting Artists and Students at Design Week 2013
Visiting Artists and Students at Design Week 2013

LOS ANGELES — June 26, 2013 — Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Graphic Design Program hosted its 3rd annual design symposium, Work and Play: Variations in Design Practice on June 15, 2013. A core component of Otis’ MFA Program, the symposium, in conjunction with Design Week, introduces students to the international design community with a series of workshops and lectures led by outstanding practitioners carefully curated from around the world. This year, designers came from the Netherlands, England, France, and Mexico.

“The power that the faculty and visiting artists hold in shaping the development of student’s lives cannot be under estimated,” said Kali Nikitas, Founding Chair of MFA Graphic Design at Otis. “Visiting artists expand the minds of the students, faculty are inspired by the practice of these visitors, and students from Otis and peer institutions build meaningful relationships that live on in their personal and professional lives.”

Design Week began with each visiting artist presenting a creative brief to Otis MFA Graphic Design candidates, and students from art colleges in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Los Angeles. Teams of students, faculty, and artists participated in workshops throughout the week to realize the outcomes of the creative briefs. The week culminated with a final critique and symposium, Work and Play, providing a venue for the international visiting artists to present their studio philosophy, projects, inspirations, successes, and challenges. Design Week offers students a unique opportunity to collaborate with peers and successful designers from around the world, sharing their working methods in an intimate collegial setting.

Support for the symposium and Design Week came from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.

2013 “Work and Play” visiting designers included:


PINAR + VIOLA (Amsterdam, NL)


ERIK De HAAS (Eindhoven, NL)

ALEJANDRO QUINTO (Mexico City, Mexico)

TEAM Thursday (Rotterdam, NL)

RAW COLOR (Eindhoven, NL)


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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