• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.


Otis College and Ryman Arts Collaborate

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.


Advanced High School Art Education Program Held On Otis Campus Starting in Fall 2011


LOS ANGELES – May 24, 2011 – Ryman Arts, an arts education program that fosters the education of talented young artists in Southern California, and Otis College of Art and Design, the first independent college of art and design in Southern California, today announce a dynamic new collaboration. Ryman Arts' free, advanced studio art classes for high school students will be held on the Otis campus beginning in September 2011.

"We are thrilled to work with Otis," says Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts, citing a "vital need" to provide professional fine art classes to talented teens, fostering their artistic and personal growth. "This collaboration is especially exciting because it offers gifted teen artists the opportunity to learn in a creative environment, along with the added inspiration of being on the campus of a major professional college of art and design."

"The synergy of this partnership is a natural fit. Otis links students to careers and opportunities that power the economy, better the world, and forge a more sustainable future for all," notes Otis President Samuel Hoi. "Otis students and faculty will serve as great role models for Ryman Arts students, and Ryman Arts will further enliven the Otis community."

"Visual arts programs in our schools continue to decline, dropout rates remain unacceptably high and too few teens envision a path to college or a successful life in the arts," says Brigham. "Ryman Arts is addressing this trend by serving the growing number of high potential youth who need a creative and supportive learning environment."

"Nearly all Ryman Arts graduates go on to college and many ultimately pursue careers in the arts," says Marty Sklar, President of the Board of Ryman Arts. "As we begin our 22nd year, our graduates are well-positioned to meet the demands of creative industries, and our collaboration with Otis will further strengthen that aspect of our program."

Application to Ryman Arts' advanced studio art program, which includes 12-week semesters that teach drawing and painting classes at a college level, is open to all high school students with talent, passion and motivation. The program is designed to help young artists achieve their dreams by strengthening their art skills, while also preparing for college and an arts-related career. Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the 3-½ hour classes will be held on Sundays at Otis College of Art and Design in the Westchester neighborhood of Los Angeles. Applications for the Fall 2011 semester are currently available at Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to Ryman Arts by June 17, 2011.

According to Brigham, plans are underway to add a second university site in central Orange County, as part of Ryman Arts' long-range plan to grow by creating a constellation of additional studios, serving even more talented artists from a broader geographic region. "Approximately 10 percent of our current participants come from Orange County," Brigham says, "so adding a second campus will serve more teens there and also free up space to enable more Los Angeles area students to participate in our program at Otis."

About Ryman Arts
Ryman Arts, a leading art education program in Southern California, is a national model for transforming the lives and futures of young artists. Meeting a vital need to foster the artistic and personal growth of talented high school students, the program provides rigorous sequential instruction in foundational drawing and painting skills, free of charge. Ryman Arts students also build self-discipline and confidence, and receive college/career guidance, helping position them for future success. Since its inception in 1990, Ryman Arts has grown from a single class for 12 students, to 20 classes year round for 300+ talented high school students, most from low-income neighborhoods. To date, the program has engaged more than 4,000 Southern California teens in its core 18-month program, and provides outreach activities to thousands more students from inner-city schools, ensuring access for students with the greatest need. The program began in honor of legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman. For more information visit or call 213-629-2787



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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