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Figurative Arts Residency

The Figurative Arts Residency offers artists interested in representational and figurative subjects a unique opportunity to hone skills and advance techniques of image- and form-making. Special demonstration workshops, distinguished speakers, stellar Los Angeles venues, and facilitated life drawing sessions will support artists interested in making representational imagery of all kinds, including human and animal figures, figure groupings, portraiture, landscape, still-life, and representational sculpture. Participants will have access to Otis College’s shops and labs, to a focused community of like-minded figurative makers, and to a plethora of resources aimed at supporting this vital direction in contemporary art and design.

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Dates and Fees

The residency will take place from June 4 through June 29, 2018, at Otis College of Art and Design. The new, extended deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. There is a $20 application fee. 

The fee to attend the residency is $3,500, which includes room and board. Notifications will be sent out via email in early March. A $350 deposit fee is required to secure your spot in the residency after notifications go out (the full balance is due in early May). 

Sample Weekly Schedule

  • 2 Master Artist demonstrations (Monday, Friday 1-5pm)
  • 1 Evening Artist lecture (Thursday 7-10pm)
  • 3 Life drawing sessions (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1-5pm)
  • 1 field trip (Sunday 10am – 4pm)
  • Open studio (Daily 9am – 12pm)

Keynote Speaker and Evening Lectures

    Eric Fischl, Keynote Speaker 

    Eric FischlEric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, Musée Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science, and a Senior Critic and Board Member at the New York Academy of Art. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.

    John Nava, Evening Lecture

    John NavaJohn Nava studied art at UC Santa Barbara and did his graduate MFA work in Florence,Italy. His work is found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan including the National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. Nava has done large-scale public works including projects for theTokyo Grain Exchange in Japan, the Seattle Symphony Benaroya Hall and Westmont College. In 1999 Nava was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to create three major cycles of tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Our Lady of the Angels, the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States, opened in September of 2002. In 2003 Nava’s tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels won theNational Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture(IFRAA) Design Honor Award for Visual Art. Other tapestry projects include large-scale works for the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at USC (2011) and the Firestone Library at Princeton University (2014).

    Laurie Hogin, Evening Lecture 

    Laurie HoginLaurie Hogin is Professor and current Chair of the Painting and Sculpture Program in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has taught since 1997.  She received her BFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where she also studied cultural anthropology, in 1985 and her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989. Best known for her allegorical paintings of mutant plants and animals in languishing, overgrown landscapes, Hogin’s interests include examining human impulses, desires, and needs, including pleasure, intoxication, addiction, the erotic, totem, violence, greed, grief, and love.  These aspects of human experience and identity, resultant of the interplay of evolutionary biology and culture, find expression in the history of visual culture, and in the nearly schizoid array of contemporary material culture.  Hogin combines elements from the history of painting, natural history, scientific and retail display, pornography, fashion photography and other visual conventions, with narrative allegory, often describing political, social, economic, and emotional phenomena.

    Margaret Bowland, Evening Lecture

    Margaret BowlandMargaret Bowland creates work that confronts contemporary issues of identity through probing and deeply personal pictures that question Western societal expectations of gender, race, power, and beauty. She has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York for more than 25 years, creating spellbinding and psychologically charged paintings and pastels that explore contentious subject-matter while affirming the resilience and fierceness of humanity. Margaret Bowland’s work is included in many important private and public collections including The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL. In 2009, she received major recognition as the People’s Choice Award Winner in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. In 2011, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC featured the solo exhibition, Margaret Bowland: Excerpts from the Great American Songbook. In 2014, Bowland was awarded the Florence Gaskins Harper Chair in Art Education at the Maryland Institute and College of the Arts. Bowland is currently an adjunct faculty member at the New York Academy of Art where she has taught painting for over ten years. Her solo exhibition, Margaret Bowland: Painting The Rose Red, is currently on view at Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh in North Carolina.



    Visiting Artists and Guests

    Brittany Ryan

    Brittany RyanBorn in 1983 in San Diego, California, Brittany Ryan received her formal education at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Graduating in 2005 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, majoring in Illustration and a minor in Sculpture. After working as an illustrator for two years Brittany began work toward her Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting, at the same institution. In 2008 Brittany had the opportunity to study portrait painting at Florence Academy, in Florence, Italy. She graduated in the spring of 2010 with a MFA, culminating with her show "The Dress Makes The Girl". Brittany currently lives and works in Southern California and is periodically involved in group shows and is an instructor at Laguna College of Art + Design. She is available for commissioned sculpture and painting.

    Christopher Warner

    Christopher WarnerBA Gonzaga Univ, Spokane; MFA Univ of Colorado, Boulder. Nationally exhibited painter. Exhibited at Koplin Gallery; Henderson Museum, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; Fred Hoffman Fine Art; and Kerckhoff Art Gallery, UCLA. WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship and NEA Artist in Residence Award. Reviewed in Artweek, Visual Arts magazine.


    DJ Hall

    DJ HallDJ Hall, BFA, University of Southern California. Ms. Hall is an accomplished fine artist who is represented by the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles. Honors and awards include: "D.J. Hall Papers," included in the Archives of American Art, at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) and the 6th Annual Heritage Award, presented by the Santa Monica Heritage Museum for contributions to the cultural heritage of the Santa Monica Bay Community. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Palm Springs Art Museum and Koplin Del Rio Gallery. She is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts, Artists' Fellowship (painting).

    Gary Geraths

    Gary GerathsBorn in Southern California, Gary Geraths has developed a great interest in drawing and painting. While always having a love for creating art, Gary also became involved in exploring the mountain and desert wilderness, as well as urban spaces throughout the West and world. Making art became a passion and his pencil, palette, and sketchpad were always in his backpack. His work revolves around representational works and the effects of the evolving forces of nature on the landscape. Currently Gary is a full time professor of art at Otis College and has a MFA from Claremont Graduate University. His clients include United Artists, Sony, Sparks, Dreamworks, Disney Animation, Disney Product Design, Mr. Mudd Productions, Hape Toy Design, and Stanford University.

    Marjan Hormozi

    Marjan HormoziMarjan Hormozi, MFA University College (Slade School), London; BFA University of North London. Ms. Hormozi studied at Chelsea School of Art, London. A distinguished figurative draftsman and painter, her exhibitions include Factory Place Gallery, Los Angeles and Newcastle Polytechnic Gallery, Newcastle Up-On-Tyne, G.B. She is a recipient of the Artist in Residence Award, North East London Polytechnic and the Cheltenham Fellowship, Cheltenham College of Art. She currently teaches in the undergraduate Foundation department.

    Peter Zokosky

    Peter ZokoskyZokosky has been a studio instructor and mentor to LCAD graduate students since 2005. He also taught anatomy for artists at California State University, Long Beach and studio courses at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His work was exhibited at Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, CA, where, between June 28th and July 26th, 2014. Zokosky’s paintings can be found in the public collections of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Bermuda; Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA; Kaufman and Broad, Paris, France; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA, The Sun America/Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation, Los Angeles, CA; and Union Bank, Los Angeles, CA. His painting interests include a wide range of subjects and narratives that include the human figure, apes, wild and domestic animals, and sea creatures. His eclectic subjects are unified by a deep sense of fascination and awe coupled with consummate skill and devotion to the historical tradition of representational painting.

    Rebecca Campbell

    Rebecca CampbellRebecca Campbell received her MFA in painting and drawing in June 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at L.A. Louver Gallery, Ameringer-McEnery-Yohe, Gagosion Gallery, the Phoenix Art Museum, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, among other galleries and museums. Currently an assistant professor at California State University, Fullerton, she has also taught at Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Vermont College of Fine Art, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Campbell’s work is regularly presented at art fairs including Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, ARCO Madrid, and ADAA: The Art Show. Her work has been featured in publications including ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, ART PAPERS, X-TRA, ARTWORKS Magazine, art ltd., The Huffington Post, and Artnet. She is represented by L.A. Louver Gallery.

    Scott Hess

    Scott HessF. Scott Hess has been described as a “New Old Master.” His narrative portraiture blends realistic scenes of everyday life with symbolic and allegorical events, humor, eroticism, and voyeurism. He begins with drawings and careful diagramming on his canvases before adding traditional oil paint or egg tempera. Hess’s works are defined by his strong brushwork, careful attention to the luminosity of flesh, and ability to capture ethereal light. Some of his paintings are reimaginings of the works of canonical masters, such as Diego Velázquez and Jean-Antoine Watteau. Currently Scott is an Associate Professor in the MFA and BFA Fine Arts Programs at Laguna College of Art and Design. 

    Steve Galloway

    Steve Galloway Steve Galloway is an artist working in painting and drawing constructing images derived from real life and a parallel reality. His imagery is at once recognizable, but it also incorporates a personal vernacular, a kind of waking dream. The work is often a combination of human activities in nature and the nature of human effects in the world. He attended Cal Arts receiving a BFA. He has been exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. He has received three foundation grants over the years from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the COLA Foundation of France. He has had major exhibitions at MOCA, The Armory Center for the Arts, Monterey Museum of Art, and others. His work is in many major public and private collections both here and abroad. He lives and works in Santa Monica, CA.

    Amy Gantman

    Amy GantmanlAmy Gantman, Dean, Otis College Extension. As Dean, Ms. Gantman oversees and sets direction for a division that provides art and design learning experiences to students of all ages from throughout the Southern California community. She is currently expanding the division’s reach to include online, international, and professional development programming. In her role, Ms. Gantman has cultivated relationships with entities as diverse as the Jikei Com Colleges, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, and Ryman Arts. She has taught art and design programs at institutions including University of California, Los Angeles (Extension), California State University, Northridge, and Learning Tree University. In 2017, she led creativity workshops for students at Jikei Com College’s Tokyo Communication Arts and Nagoya Communication Arts campuses. An arts educator with over 30 years of experience, Ms. Gantman believes that students learn best through an inspiring curriculum, led by talented professionals who are able to motivate students to stretch the limits of their own abilities. She has an MA in Art with an emphasis in Painting, from California State University, Northridge. She is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the University and Professional Continuing Education Association.

    Randall Lavender

    Randall LavenderRandall Lavender is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist. His paintings in oil on panel and sculptural tableaux are included in dozens of public and private collections and have been featured or reviewed in numerous books, catalogues, and articles. Currently serving as Provost at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, Lavender earned his M.F.A. in Sculpture at Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Ceramics at California State University, Fullerton. He joined the Otis College faculty in 1983 following faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Claremont Graduate University, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He served as Associate Chair and Professor in Otis’ Foundation (first-year) program for more than a decade before joining the College's Senior Team and serving as Interim co-Provost, Vice Provost, and in his current position.



    Applications are now closed. Notifications along with fellowships will be send out beginning March 15, 2018.