• 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. 

  • 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.


Otis Alumni Win Prestigious Rome Prize to Map the Ecology of the Roman Streetscape

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Otis College of Art and Design alumni Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips propose uncovering the biodiversity of Rome to reveal the dynamics of historical, political, and ecological change.
Common Studio: Danny Phillips, Otis '08, and Kim Karlsrud, Otis '07
Corsophilia: Uncovering the Biodiversity of the Roman Streetscape

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, both graduates of Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, have won the prestigious Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience, and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy offer.

Daniel Phillips and Kim Karlsrud met while attending Otis College of Art and Design, and have been working together since 2008. They are the founders and directors of The Common Studio in Culver City, CA, an interdisciplinary team that collaborates with organizations, agencies, and companies to realize their goals and maximize their social impact. Daniel studied in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Program, and Kim studied in the Product Design Program.

“Since Kim and I started collaborating shortly after graduating from Otis, several general questions have underpinned our work,” says Daniel. “How can we bring together our interests in urban ecology, adaptive reuse, and social enterprise to respond to social, economic, and ecological concerns simultaneously? What forces combine to give cities their unique texture and identity? Often, it's not the official landmarks and attractions seen in tourist guides but the smaller more elusive aspects that are more interesting. In L.A. for example, it's arguably the palm tree, but few Angelenos can identify the differences among the various species. How might we empower people to understand, engage with, and actively shape their everyday surroundings? For us, this has meant re-imagining the potentials of left-over urban spaces, and understanding the ways that people feel about and act outside of their private domestic realms of comfort.”

Daniel and Kim’s proposal hearkens back to the Botanist Richard Deakin’s exhaustive work, the illustrated “Flora of the Colosseum of Rome,” published in 1855, in which he details over 400 species, some of which are so exotic that the only explanation for their presence was that their seeds were carried in on the fur of wild African animals imported for gladiatorial fights, in prior centuries. It is in this tradition of detailed botanical inquiry that the team hopes to conduct their research in Rome.

The project, “CORSOPHILIA: Uncovering the Biodiversity of the Roman Streetscape,” proposes to map the ecology of the Via Del Corso in Rome. The team will traverse the city on foot exploring, collecting, cataloging, and analyzing all vegetation encountered, from the lowly weed to the iconic ornamental. With the examination of each specimen, from a botanical, historical, and contemporary social context, they hope to synthesize the research in a public format that invites a wider conversation about the nature and future of urban ecology in Rome.

About the American Academy in Rome 
Founded in 1894, originally as the first graduate school of architecture for the United States, the American Academy in Rome emerged in its present form – a hybrid center for the arts and humanities – by 1912. It remains the premier American overseas center for independent study and advanced research, a not-for-profit, private entity, the only one of the 30 foreign academies in Rome not supported primarily or entirely by its government. With an 11-acre campus on the highest point within the walls of Rome, the Academy annually offers the Rome Prize to approximately 30 individuals, following a national competition presided over by rotating independent juries of peers in each discipline, which include ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern, and modern Italian studies, and literature, music composition, visual arts, architecture, landscape architecture, design, and historic preservation and conservation.

The Academy community also includes a carefully selected group of residents, affiliated fellows, and visiting artists and scholars.

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