• 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. 




The alumni team of Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors '08) and Kim Karlsrud (Product Design '07) were awarded the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, one of the highest honors in the U.S. art and humanities field.

Fine Arts faculty member Dorit Cypis won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Princeton Review, an influential admissions consulting and test preparation company, selected Otis among 124 U.S. institutions for their "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region/Best of the West"; the colleges are unranked. In total, 643 schools received this “regional best” designation, representing only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges.

Otis Fashion Design is #1 on the West Coast according to Fashion Schools listing of the top 10 Fashion Schools, based on academic reputation, selectivity, breadth of the program and faculty, and location

Animation Career Review ranked Otis #4 of its top 20 animation programs in the West. selected the Scholarship Benefit and Fashion show as #5 in its ranking of Best Events of 2013.

Among Guggenheim Fellowship winners are faculty members Meg Cranston (Chair, Fine Arts), Jacci den Hartog, and Carole Caroompas; former faculty members Peter Voulkos and Emerson Woelffer; and alumni John Baldessari ('58), Sandow Birk ('89), Robert Irwin ('50), Dorothy Jeakins ('36), John Lees ('67 MFA), Ruben Ochoa ('97), Alison Saar ('81 MFA), and Jeffrey Vallance ('81 MFA).

MacArthur Fellows include alumni Robert Irwin, Kerry James Marshall ('78) and David Hammons ('72).

2011-2012 Individual Awards 

Khoi Vinh ('93)
50 Most Influential Designers in America, 2011

Berton Hasebe (’05)
Best New Visual Artist, 2012

Matt Nava (’08)
Five BAFTA Awards
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS)
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)’s ITP
Amazon’s 20 Top Games of 2012
Game City Prize
Spike Video’s Video Game Awards

Julianne Eckert (’09)
L.A. Stop Motion Film Award

Diane Gamboa (’84) and Maryrose Mendoza (’85)
L.A. Artists Fellowship Laboratory Exhibition for experimental, site-specific public artworks

Lori Choi, Emily Keifer and Rodrigo Zayas, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Honorable Mention in the L.A. Business Council’s 2012 Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Design Charrette

Catherine Hernandez, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Illuminating Engineering Society Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition

Daniel Zhang, Digital Media student
Cut&Paste LA 2012

Steve Hurd, Fine Arts faculty member
City of L.A. Individual Fellowship

Alan Nakagawa (’86) and Mario Ybarra Jr. (’99)
Mid-career Visual Artist Fellowships, City of L.A.

Jessica Silverman (’05)
30 under 30 influential arts professionals

Wendy Pham
Finalist in the Computer Graphics Student of the Year International Competition

Holly Tempo, Fine Arts faculty member
2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Dawn Baillie (’86)
Saul Bass Award, Hollywood Reporter’s annual Key Art Awards

Renee A. Fox (’02)
CBS Best Art Curators of Los Angeles

Jade Lai (’02)
2012's Top 20 Tastemakers by Surface Magazine

Alison Saar (’81 MFA)
US Artists Grant 

Raymond Zibach (’90)
Academy Award nomination for “Kung Fu Panda”

2013-2014 Individual Awards

Peter Gadol
Faculty member awarded an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Matt Nava ('08)
Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: The Brightest Young Stars in Video Games”

Kerry James Marshall ('78)
Elected to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Farrah Karapetian Fine Arts faculty member
2013 California Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art

Suzanne Lacy, Chair, Graduate Public Practice
Tate Live video series

Juliette Bellocq, Graphic Design faculty member
Included in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual for book design

Joy Scopa Graduate Graphic Design student
2013 OUTPUT competition

Rachel Fishman Graduate Graphic Design alumna
Graphic Design USA’s annual “Students to Watch" issue

Chloe Leung (’12, Product Design)
Grand prize and people’s choice awards in the annual design competition

George Martinez and Eric Nishioka, Graphic Design students
One Club Young Ones Competition

Christopher Fong, '13 Product Design
2013 Windgate Fellow in mixed media/product design by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Meg Cranston, Fine Arts Chair and John Baldessari collaborate to create the inaugural exhibition for Michael Janssen Gallery in Singapore, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh.”

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist