• 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


L.A.'s Premier Runway Show Celebrates Progressive Fashion Design, Opens Doors for Emerging Talent

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
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Faux fur and sustainability highlight Otis College of Art and Design’s Benefit Fashion Show, which aims to raise $1 million in scholarships for gifted artists and designers.
Otis Scholarship Benefit Show 2012
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LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 20, 2013 - Otis College of Art and Design’s 31st Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on May 4, 2013. The event will showcase the work of upcoming designers mentored by Bob Mackie, Mary Jo Bruno, Billabong, Christopher Wicks, Claire Pettibone, Cynthia Vincent, Disney, EleVen, Halston and Humane Society, Urban Outfitters, and Western Costume with Betsy Heimann.

The benefit black-tie gala features Los Angeles' largest fashion runway show with more than 70 professional models in 175-plus fashion designs for women, men and juniors. Attracting leaders in business and entertainment, stylists, fashion and design retailers, celebrities and fashion fans, the show offers a spectacular look at the future of fashion.

Highlights this year include projects with Halston and the Humane Society re-defining luxury in faux fur, and with Billabong designing sustainable swimwear. The Gala will honor Kirk Nix of KNA Designs for his iconic work around the globe, from Singapore and New Delhi to Macau. Sally Perrin, Creative Director of Perrin Paris, will also be honored for her iconic style. Perrin Paris combines a unique and discerning feminine eye with French tradition, specializing in uniquely handcrafted purses, gloves & sunglasses with shops in Paris, New York and Beverly Hills.

Runway show will include:

Project: Design inspired novelty active sportswear that can easily cross over to lifestyle, based on a character in upcoming Disney feature.

EleVen by Venus
Project: Design colorful tennis apparel, both functional and timeless, evoking the style of Venus Williams.

Halston and Humane Society
Project: Design for sustainability and re-define luxury in faux fur.

Project: Explore sustainable materials in designing swimwear using recycled Billabong fabrics.

Mary Jo Bruno
Project: Design a lingerie collection for a modern-day masquerade party.

Cynthia Vincent
Project: Design a collection for the city nomad, mixing time and place to create caftans, jabalas, and other classics.

Urban Outfitters
Project: Create a layered look that incorporates elements of travel with re-worked military surplus, cam, and denim, mixing old, new, East, and West.

Christopher Wicks
Project: Design a collection inspired by 1960s music and rock and roll.

Bob Mackie
Project: Design classic elegant dresses inspired by Art Deco jewels - diamond, ruby, amethyst, sapphire, and emerald.

Western Costume with Betsy Heimann
Project: Design a modern look inspired by famous movies of the 1930s, 40s, and 70s and costumes from the Western Costume Collection.

Claire Pettibone
Project: Design sweet young bridal dresses for non-traditional brides, along with, soft nighties and pajamas.



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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