• 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


Fashion Design

Fashion Leaders Challenge the Next Generation

Each year students in Otis College's BFA Fashion Design program work directly with professional designers to create one of a kind collections. Acting as client and mentor, each designer gives an assignment, known as a direction, for students to research and present sketch solutions. 


After falling in love with fashion design, Claire Pettibone honed her craft at Otis College and wove vintage elegance into a lifelong career. The daughter of two Otis College alumni, Pettibone was born a true romantic with design in her blood. Enchanted by vintage aesthetics, she channeled that inspiration into her own designer lingerie line, which was soon picked up by department stores around the world. She followed that success with the creation of a couture bridal collection, further developing the reaches of her vintage-inspired lifestyle brand.

'Essence' : How One Young Designer is Conquering Hollywood’s Fashion Scene on Her Own Terms

Reprinted from Essence, September 22, 2016

With six years of entrepreneurship under her belt, fashion designer Jesstia Usher ('10 Fashion Design) shares her journey to success and what it’s like working with one of the biggest new faces in Hollywood.

Metro Bike Night Features Fashion Designs from the Class of 2016

Hundreds of people came out to Union Station for Bike Night 2016 on May 27. This was the third annual celebratory close to Bike Month (previously Bike Week) and was the most successful yet. There were the usual tables by the familiar and well-loved nonprofit groups, some new faces from local businesses and, of course, the anchor Metro table with this year’s offbeat way to have fun with biking: a temporary tattoo parlor. (You may remember the blender bike from previous years.)

Metro 3rd Annual Bike Night Featured Otis Fashion Designs

Metro Los Angeles' 3rd Annual Bike Night, held on May 27th, featured a fashion show of student designs that were created in a collaboration with Todd Oldham for Metro.

34th Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Apparel News

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

At the most recent event, on May 7, 750 guests gathered in the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills to celebrate the work of Otis juniors and seniors under the direction of Brantley, who is retiring from her position as founding chair of Otis’ Fashion Design program.

Otis College of Art and Design Presents 2016 Fashion Awards to Modern Lifestyle Brand Joie, and American Designer Jenni Kayne

LOS ANGELES, CA - (May 7, 2016) – Tonight Otis College of Art and Design honored the new vanguards of California luxury at its annual art and design awards. Jenni Kayne, creator of the soulful lifestyle brand, accepted the 2016 Style Icon Award and VP of Design, Rachel Wilder-Hill accepted the 2016 Design Innovation Award on behalf of contemporary comfortable-luxury brand Joie at the black-tie gala, held at the Beverly Hilton.

Otis Fashion Design Ranked #1 by College Magazine

College Magazine has ranked Otis' Fashion Design program as the '#1 School for Fashionistas'. College Magazine is a daily online guide to campus life reaching millions of college students nationwide.

Apparel News Celebrates Legacy of Fashion Chair Rosemary Brantley

When Rosemary Brantley walked up the stairs in 1980 to the newly established fashion design department at the Otis College of Art and Design, then located near Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park, she found only one office with a single telephone plugged into the corner and four classrooms.

As a fashion designer for such well-known labels as Jaeger and Kasper for Joan Leslie, she had never been a teacher, knew very little about running a college fashion design department and didn’t have a clue about academia.

Alumna Evelina Galli Creates New Activewear Line for Model Peggy Moffitt

Like many modern-day fashion school students, designer Evelina Galli ('01 Fashion Design) quickly found herself enamored of iconic sixties supermodel Peggy Moffitt during her studies at Otis College of Art and Design. Cut to the present, when the 2001 alumni and recipient of a Rudi Gernreich (who famously created the first monokini, modeled by Moffitt) scholarship has found her way into collaborating with the Mod style star on an activewear collection.