• 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


Otis College of Art and Design announces strategic partnership with lighting industry leaders

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Otis strategic partnership with lighting industry leaders
Lighting Design Master's Degree

Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce that it has formed a strategic partnership with four lighting industry leaders to develop a best-in-class Architectural Lighting Design Master’s degree program.  Leadership partners include entrepreneur, author, American industrialist, and CEO of LF illumination, Jack Zukerman; CEO & founder of The Lighting Design Alliance and veteran lighting designer Chip Israel; leading lighting designer and partner with Kaplan/Gehring/McCarrol Architectural Lighting, Michael Gehring, and award-winning lighting designer and founder of Sean O’Connor Lighting, Sean O’Connor.

In partnership with these lighting design entrepreneurs, Otis will research and develop a fully accredited Master of Fine Arts degree program that promises to provide the lighting design industry with well-trained lighting design talent. Graduates of the program will be adept in best practices in the essential areas of lighting functionality, efficiency/sustainability, human factors, fixture/product design, and aesthetics in lighting interior and exterior landscapes. A state-of-the-art facility will feature an experimental lighting lab, computer lab, teaching and learning spaces, and program office.

“I am truly excited to be part of this partnership,” said Mr. Zukerman. “Otis is an outstanding college that produces top art and design talent. There is a huge demand for lighting designers today, especially on the West Coast, but too few people have the training or skills. This program can help bridge that gap.”

The partnership, to be known as the Lighting Design Advisory Council, will seek additional lighting design leaders and funding opportunities to design the most robust program possible. Capital and in-kind gifts are sought from leading lighting design firms, manufacturers, foundations, trusts, and agencies. 

With this new MFA program in place, Otis will advance its mission of preparing diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision, and continue its long tradition of partnering with industry to develop talent pools that nurture the creative economy. 



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