• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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. 


Distinguished Visitors



Joep van Lieshout

2013-2014 Donghia Designer in Residence, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is the driving force behind ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT. Joep began as a solo artist, creating objects in brightly colored polyester-the material that became his trademark beginning in the early 1980s. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout to produce objects that balance art, architecture and design; encompassing sculpture and installations, buildings and furniture, utopias and dystopias. 


Elizabeth Diller

2014 George H. Scanlon Lecturer, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Elizabeth Diller

ELIZABETH DILLER is a founding principal of DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO (DS+R), New York, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. DS+R’s architectural projects include: the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts expansion and redesign; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; the High Line in N.Y.; Blur in Switzerland; the Broad Museum in L.A.; the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio; the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive; and Culture Shed, N.Y.

DS+R are recipients of the MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award, the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Centennial Medal of Honor from the American Academy in Rome, and numerous AIA awards. Ms. Diller was recently selected as an Aspen Institute Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence, and awarded the Barnard Medal of Distinction. In 2003, the Whitney Museum held a retrospective of DS+R’s unorthodox practice. Ms. Diller is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.


Roberta Smith

2013 Visiting Critic, FIne Arts

Roberta Smith

Born in New York City, and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Smith earned a B.A. from Grinnell College in 1969. An alumna of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, she worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Paula Cooper Gallery before becoming a professional art critic in the 1970s, contributing to Artforum and serving as a senior editor for Art in America. In 1981, she became Art Critic for the Village Voice before moving to the New York Times in 1986. In 2003, the College Art Association honored Smith with the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. On Nov. 5 at 7:30, she will present a public lecture, “ART CRITICISM IN THE EXPANDED FIELD," and discuss the ways criticism has changed: the effects of the Internet, blogging and tweeting on writing “print” criticism for a daily newspaper, as well as the expansion of the art world itself and the kinds of art being made, Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404


Diedrich Deiderichsen

2012 Visiting Critic, Fine Arts
Diedrich Diederichsen
Diedrich Diederichsen (b. 1957, Hamburg) is a German author, journalist, cultural critic, and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His writing has appearedin a variety of periodicals and publications including Texte zur Kunst, Die Zeit, die tageszeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Theater heute, Artscribe, Artforum, and Frieze. He presented a public lecture at LACMA entitled “Our Kind of Venue - Subcultures, Instutions, and Historiography.”

Shashi Caan

2013 Donghia Designer in Residence, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Sashi Caan

Shashi Caan taught a master class to Architecture/Landscape/Interiors students, and presented a public lecture at MOCA. Born in India, educated in Scotland and N.Y., Caan promotes green materials and products, including the environmentally friendly architectural finishing product for an Italian company. She is founding principal of The Collective US/UK and the President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers.



Jeff Guess

2012 Visiting Artist, Graduate Fine Arts
Jeff Guess

Paris-based artist Jeff Guess was guest artist in Graduate Fine Arts in November. His residency was partly supported by Ceci n’est pas… a project initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in association with the Institut Français, with the support of the Alliance Française of L.A.




Brad Pruitt

2013 Visiting Filmmaker, Graduate Public Practice
Brad Pruitt

The Emmy Award-winning, Milwaukee-based filmmaker Brad Pruitt was artist-in-residence in Graduate Public Practice from January-April 2013. Pruitt's documentaries explore issues such as gun violence and new approaches to public education, finding new voices and ideas to help develop solutions for seemingly intractable challenges. He will co-teach a course on education, community engagement and the value of social change work by artists. in collaboration with Watts House Project and MKE<->LAX, he presented two free public screenings in Culver City and Watts. Otis faculty member and director of MKE<->LAX, Sara Daleiden, led discussions following the screenings.




A.L. Steiner

2012 Visiting Artist and Curator, Fine Arts
A.L. Steiner

A.L. Steiner, who has been described as “a skeptical queer ecofeminist androgyne hustling as a cultural worker in a late-capitalistic economy,” creates politically charged, provocative photographs, videos, and collages. Often drawing on feminist and queer themes, she is perhaps best known for her 69-minute “sociosexual” film, Community Action Center, made in collaboration with artist A.K. Burns. In addition to her individual art practice, Steiner is involved with several collaborative activities, including the band Chicks on Speed, the curatorial partnership Ridykeulous (with painter Nicole Eisenman), and the organization WAGE (Working Artists in the Greater Economy), which she co-founded. Her work has been exhibited at venues including the Tate Modern, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia, the New Museum, MoMA PS1, and the Centre Pompidou.





Joshua Clover

2012 Visiting Poet and Critic, Fine Arts
Joshua Clover

Joshua Clover is a poet, critic, journalist and author. He has appeared in three editions of Best American Poetry, is a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and recipient of an individual grant from the NEA; his first book of poetry, Madonna anno domini, received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. A graduate of Boston University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Clover is a Professor of English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of California, Davis, and was the distinguished Holloway poet-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002-2003.


David Ratcliff

2012 Visiting Artist, Fine Arts
David Ratcliff

David Ratcliff uses appropriated digital imagery in his large-scale paintings. He received his BA from Pratt Institute. He has had solo exhibitions in N.Y., Brussels, Tokyo, Kyoto, L.A., and London, and his work is included in the Jumex Collection, LACMA, and Saatchi Collection. He lives and works in L.A.










Delia Brown

2012 Visiting Artist, Fine Arts
Delia Brown

Delia Brown is an L.A.-based artist whose work explores desire as an individuated experience that connects the personal to the collective unconscious, often mediated through advertising and commercial culture. Referencing early bourgeois painting genres, she paints herself and friends enacting their own fantasies of being part of the leisure class, with props from snacks and beverages to million-dollar artworks. She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA from UCLA. She has had solo exhibitions in N.Y., L.A., Seoul, Venice, Paris and Athens. Her work is in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.






Erik Frydenborg

2012 Visiting Artist, Fine Arts
Erik Frydenborg

Erik Frydenborg merges elements of collage, sculpture, and display architecture to construct his installations. He received his BA from Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from UCLA. He has had solo exhibitions in L.A., Chicago and Baltimore.He lives and works in L.A.


Liz Glynn

2012 Visiting Artist, Fine Arts
Liz Glynn

Liz Glynn employs objects and actions to consider the ambition of empire, the pleasure of ruin, and the possibility of a new way forward. Her practice seeks to embody dynamic cycles of growth and decay by creating works which evidence process, encourage participation, and incite future action. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. at venues including at LACMA, MOCA/Los Angeles, Armand Hammer Museum, LACE, Machine Project, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, REDCAT Lounge, Paula Cooper Gallery, John Connolly Presents, and the New Museum in N.Y. She has been a resident artist at O'Artoteca in Milan, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Glynn received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA from Harvard College. She is the recipient of a Fellowship for Visual Artists from The California Community Foundation.



Erlea Maneros Zabala

2012 Visiting Artist, Fine Arts
Erlea Maneros Zabala

Erlea Maneros Zabala is a mixed media artist who creates wall paintings, drawings and image-based work in which the material processes intersect with museological and news media sources. She has exhibited extensively internationally, including at Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Carreras Múgica, Bilbao, Basque Country; Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles; and Seamen's Art Club, Hamburg, Germany. She wil have a solo show at the Guggenheim Bilbao in 2013; and is in the collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, and the Glasgow School of Art. Zabala received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and lives in LA.

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