• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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. 


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Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max and John Varvatos to Instruct and Inspire Fashion Design Students This School Year Nike, Disney Store, Cotton Inc, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama Also Back to School at Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA., (October 10, 2007) – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fashion Design Department announces the professional designers who will mentor students during the 2007/08 school year. They are, for the Senior Class, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, John Varvatos for Converse, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max (with Cotton Inc.), and Ivy Ross from Disney Store. The Junior class will work under the direction of swimwear designer Rod Beattie for La Blanca, and top designers at Nike, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, Roxy and Abercrombie & Fitch.

These professional designers volunteer their time to provide direction to a small group of juniors and seniors who then work through the design process —researching, sketching, fabric draping to construction of final garment —all under the guidance of the professional design mentor and the Otis fashion design faculty.

For example, Leon Max in cooperation with Cotton Inc. has given 14 members of the Otis Fashion senior class the following design direction:
Design a dramatic and unconventional white cotton shirt that is an artpiece when paired with a simple black bottom. Think “shapes in opposition.” Consider origami and pleating. Review the book The Art of Manipulated Fabric by Colette Wolff.
The best work by these student designers will be presented on the runway on May 3, 2008 at Otis College of Art and Design’s annual scholarship fundraising gala.

The mentorship program, developed by Otis Fashion Design Chair Rose Brantley, is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Past design mentors for Otis’ Fashion Design program include Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Toledo, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Nicole Miller, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens.

“Otis is especially thrilled to have the involvement of ‘first timers’ Johnson Hartig, Monique Lhuillier and Ivy Ross“ said Brantley. “And we are also appreciative of our corporate sponsors who provide important funding for ‘real world’ design projects.” Sponsors for the 2007/08 school year are: Cotton Inc., Tommy Bahama, Nike, Quiksilver, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch.
Founded in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1170 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in advertising design, architecture/landscape/interiors, digital media, fashion design, product design, painting, photography, sculpture/new genres, and toy design; and MFA degrees in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, public practice, and writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. 


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
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist