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Billy Al Bengston

Alumnus Billy Al Bengston

Billy Al Bengston ('57) was born in 1934 at Dodge City, Kansas. From 1953 to 1957 he studied art in Los Angeles and San Francisco, finishing at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design.) He had his first one-person exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in 1958. His mentor at Otis, Peter Voulkos, taught his students to defy standardized rules about making art.

Alumni and Faculty Exhibiting at LACMA

This summer don’t miss the work of several Otis College alumni and faculty at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 
 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions Features Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

 
The Los Angeles County Art Institute, which became the Otis College of Art and Design, was at the center of ceramic’s evolution as an artistic medium in America. In 1954 Peter Voulkos became head of its ceramics department. He brought with him energy, strength and a bold streak influenced by Abstract Expressionism–all new elements for the discipline.
 

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    May 21
  • Otis College Annual Exhibition
    Otis College’s 38th Annual Exhibition Goes Online to Showcase Work of Graduating Students
    May 8
  • Otis College MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    Otis College Launches Virtual Gallery of MFA Fine Arts Thesis Shows
    May 1