• 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 Symposium Draws International Design Stars to Los Angeles

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 /

Otis College of Art and Design will host its bi-annual symposium, Untitled: Variations in Design Practice, Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11 AM – 5 PM. This event is open to the public with limited seating.

Los Angeles, CA June 13, 2012

Otis College of Art and Design brings internationally recognized guests and attendees to its bi-annual design symposium. Kali Nikitas, Chair of Otis Graduate Graphic Design, brought together designers, artists, and educators from around the world whose work exemplifies alternative practice and innovative collaboration. “One of the great highlights of the MFA Graphic Design Program is hosting incredible talent for workshops and lectures,” says Nikitas. “There is no better way for our students to start their summer session. The energy generated is infectious when committed designers, artists, educators, and students come together ... magic!”


Ludovic Balland (Basel, Switzerland) – Award-winning Swiss type specialist known for his innovative typographical investigations and editorial design.

Hugo Puttaert of Vision and Factory (Brussels, Belgium) - Graphic designer, educator, and editor who investigates the crossovers between graphic design, typography, new media, architecture, and art. Teaches at Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

James Goggin of Practise (Chicago/ UK) - Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, working across various media: from typefaces, visual identities, and stationery, to exhibition design, mobile platforms, video, and textile design.

Hanjse van Halem (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Installation artist, curator, and graphic designer whose books, typography, and drawings make use of geometric patterns and pen illustrations in combination with traditional Dutch graphic design craftsmanship.

Boy Vereecken (Brussels, Belgium) - Editorial designer, researcher, and publisher interested in semiotics of design and editing. Boy runs a studio in Brussels, is a member of the Slavs and Tartars Art Collective, and is Advising Researcher in the design department of Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

Peter Bil’ak (The Hague, Netherlands) – An important figure in Dutch design who focuses on editorial, graphic, and type design, Peter teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, writes for various magazines, and lectures frequently on design-related topics.

Jan en Randoald (Gent, Belgium) – Partner in the collaborative studio of Randoald Sabbe and Jan W. Hespeel that specializes in graphic design, typography, prints, and other artistic explorations.

The symposium was made possible in part by a generous grant from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.


Saturday, June 16, 2012
11:00 AM – 5 PM
Party and Swap Up Shop Immediately Following at 5 PM.

Otis College of Art and Design
Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free, park in the main parking structure level A and above, or street parking.

Space is limited to 100 seats, reservations on a first come first serve basis.
To reserve a space, please email Barbara Edison: bedison(at)otis(dot)edu

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