• 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


Rooftop Drive-In Movies at Otis College of Art and Design


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

With support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Otis’ Creative Action Program combines community engagement and education to deliver unique integrated learning experiences.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2013

 Otis College of Art and Design’s Creative Action Program and Student Affairs present the 1ST Annual Drive-In of the Living Dead on top of the main parking structure on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00pm. 1stDriveIn_3The first film in a series of educational screenings of culturally significant films is George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. A lecture by Morgan Woolsey will begin at 7:00pm, followed by classic trailers, and the film will begin at 7:30pm.

Originally released in 1968, Night of the Living Dead was met with heavy criticism for its explicit content and shocking subject matter. The film eventually garnered enough critical acclaim to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a work deemed culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

According to Richard Shelton, Director of Creative Action, “Otis recently acquired a radio transmitter, and we are creating a unique public forum that is both educational and fun. Students are learning how to manage a large-scale event, they are learning about broadcast radio technology and communications, and using their art and design skills to focus on aesthetics. They will study classic film while delivering a culturally enriching event to the community.”

The Creative Action Program at Otis College of Art and Design is an educational initiative comprised of a series of collaborative and community experiences. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners as well as implementing real-world solutions when possible. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and respond to community challenges using students’ diverse visions.

Partners of the Creative Action Program have included Friends of Ballona Wetlands, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Museum of Tolerance, Homeboy Industries, and Loyola Village Elementary School.

Drive-In of the Living Dead: A screening of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead

Lecture by Morgan Woolsey (PhD Candidate in Musicology at UCLA and expert on horror soundtracks and gender)

October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Those with cars will be able to park on top of the Otis parking structure and watch the film projected onto the 35-foot movie screen that will be hung on Ahmanson Hall. There will also be an area roped off on the top of the parking structure for those without cars that would like to bring blankets and chairs. Tune in to FM 96.1 to hear the film through your car or boom box radio. There will be a FREE concession stand set up with popcorn, lemonade, and hotdogs.

Parking will be open at 5:30pm and once you are in, there will be no exiting until the screening has finished at approximately 9:45pm. A lecture will be given at 7:00pm by Morgan Woolsey and will conclude at 7:20pm. Classic trailers will be shown from 7:20-7:30pm and the film will begin at 7:30pm.

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Dress as a zombie and receive all the food you can eat.


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