• 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. 




PAINTING is one of three areas of study in Fine Arts.  World-class faculty, who are active professional artists, teach all classes.  Students in Fine Arts study each of the core disciplines—Painting, Sculpture/New Genres, and Photography—before selecting one or more areas to pursue in depth. 

Painting students learn the basic principles, techniques and concepts of painting and drawing while developing their talent.  Students learn to invent visual images of their ideas, passions and interests.  Student artists in the program work on surfaces ranging from paper, canvas, panels, and walls among many other possibilities.

Students are exposed to the ideas and methods that make up the long, rich history of painting.  Classes include abstract and representational approaches to the medium and how to use them to make successful paintings.  Students experiment using a wide variety of materials (oil, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint and others) as part of their journey to become professional artists with their own unique direction.  For Materials, Methods and Skills taught in the Painting Progam Download (PDF).

Students in the Painting Program work in two studio environments.  The Galef Center Painting Studio has 24/7 access, a storage facility, an outdoor work area, and adjoining clean space where students present work for critique. 

The Senior Studios offer each student a private space to work in for the entirety of their senior year in the Fine Arts Program.

Areas of emphasis within the Painting Program include Drawing and Artists, Community and Teaching (ACT).

Learn more about degrees offered by Otis in our view book, open with Page Viewer or Download (PDF).