• 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.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 



Zeal Harris' ‘Home Remedies For Driving While Black’

Zeal Harris' ('07 MFA) new solo exhibition Home Remedies for Driving While Black addresses police violence through the lens of interpersonal relationships.

"The art is sometimes autobiographical or biographical as three of the artworks are about men that I personally knew, whose lives were lost while in police custody," says Harris. "The compositions are careful in their effort to offer anti-iconographic storytelling that puts rich human character back onto victims made into cold statistics."

'T Magazine': Kerry James Marshall Is Shifting the Color of Art History

Reprinted from T Magazine, October 17, 2016 


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.


Bottega Louie’s colorful packaging and design have become synonymous with the brand's gourmet offerings, thanks in part to senior art director Erica Gibson (’09 Communication Arts).

Known for their macarons and candy-colored marketplace, Los Angeles’ Bottega Louie needed just the right packaging for a new mix-and-match line of chocolates. 

'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.

'T Magazine' : When Kim Gordon Met Michael Smith

Reprinted from T Magazine, September 20, 2016

L.A. in Oslo: Exhibition Explores the Fantasy of L.A.

Meg Cranston, Los Angeles-based artist and chair of Fine Arts, along with several Otis alumni, will show work in the upcoming ‘Los Angeles - A Fiction’ opening September 22 at the Astrup Fearnley Museet in Oslo, Norway.

Commonstudio heads to India on Fulbright-Nehru Grant

Daniel Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Kim Karlsrud (’07 Interactive Product Design), co-founders of Commonstudio, are heading to Bangalore, India, in October 2016.

Interview with Alumna Hillary Coe on Breaking Into the Unexpected

 An air force brat standing six feet tall by the age of 13 and oft-covered in more mud, grease and blood than an entire platoon, Hillary Coe ('04 Digital Media) was smashing stereotypes before she was even old enough to drive - let alone set drag racing world records. Having inherited a thirst for adventure and inquisitive mind from her pilot-turned-agency exec father, by the age of 16 Hillary wasn’t just a scholar identified by G.M as a future tech leader but the very definition of a juxtaposition - welding and working the sp

Alumna Zeal Harris Begins Residency at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura

Artist Zeal Harris ('07 MFA Painting) -- whose work tackles "diffuclt realities" in a colorful style -- began her stint as the Camera Obscura Art Lab's new Studio Artist-in-Residence in Santa Monica this month, City officials said.

During her tenure, which ends November 12, Harris will explore "the impact of police violence on interpersonal relationships" in a series of workshops and narrative paintings she plans to create, organizers said.