• 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. 

  • 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.


Bolsky Gallery

The Bolsky Gallery features exhibitions of student work throughout the year. Undergraduate Fine Arts students curate and install group shows during the Fall semester; the Graduate Fine Arts candidates present their Thesis Exhibitions during the Spring semester; and it is programmed during the summer by the curatorial staff of Ben Maltz Gallery.

Hours and Location: Tue-Fri 10am–5pm / Sat–Sun 12–4pm // 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 // Galef Center for Fine Arts, Ground Floor, across from Ben Maltz Gallery.
For more info on Graduate Fine Arts exhibitions:(310) 846-2614

Spring 2016 Schedule | Graduate Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

January 24 - 30, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 28, 6-9pm

Melany Dierks

Melany Dierks

BARRACUDA is a solo exhibition of new work by artist Melany Dierks in the Bolsky Gallery. This exhibition reflects on Ms. Dierks's interest in process and abstraction. In Dierks’s latest series of paintings surrealist approaches to application and narrative are incorporated along side spatial interventions and graphic maneuvers that address the ideological valences of constructed space, where images might function as glyphs.

The barracuda being present in your thoughts symbolizes that you are feeling highly aggressive about taking action related to something or someone in your life. It suggests transformation, strength, courage, action, rest, work, play, ambush, weeds, wild, aggressive, predator, emotion, resolve, power, danger, speed and viciousness. The highly personal symbolism employed in Ms. Dierks’s paintings function as clues to the artist’s appropriations, illuminating the development of her personal artistic vocabulary.

Her work is defined by an obsessive process of rendering, refusing categorization and instead embracing approaches that generate new modes of working by fusing signage and abstract marks. Challenging the limits of her subject matter Ms. Dierks investigates image making and perception. She structures her paintings by presenting sets of unstable signs, juxtapositions and interactions lifted from high art, popular culture, and design. Her work stimulates the receiver with inconsistencies, thereby encapsulating skepticism and faith in painting. Through this process, she reinvigorates exhausted genres of painting like portraiture, collage and gestural abstraction.

Melany Dierks was born in 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela. She studied at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles receiving her BFA in Communication Art and MFA in painting. Her work has been included in the Cannibal Flower’s group exhibitions (2013) and The Hive Gallery’s group exhibitions (2012) and has been included in the permanent collection of bodily museums around the world, as a tattoo artist. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

January 18 - 23, 2016
Reception: Thursday, January 21, 6-9pm

Ok-young Choi
some photos showing All the Truth

Ok Young Choi

Fall 2015 Schedule | Fine Arts Undergraduate Group Exhibitions

October 20 - November 6, 2015

On My Grid
Darel Carey, Tia Chen, Allison Mogin, Olivia Obrecht, Selina Pasetta, Nisha Patel, Kylie Ryu, Max Tetenbaum

on my grid

A group exhibition of work by eight artists from Studio 225 at Otis College of Art and Design. All participating artists are mentees of LA based artist Scott Grieger.
An eclectic mix of works are tied together by a large grid that occupies the entire gallery space. The transformation of a white cube hightlights the corporeal experience within space, rather than conceptuality within works. By creating designated spaces within a larger space, the gallery becomes an extension of what connects the artists: the shared studio. Under the overt presence of a larger-than-life grid, the disparity between varous sizes and stylistic approaches are individuated and thus intensified.

on the roof

May 5 - May 30, 2015

Opening Reception
May 9, 10am - 9pm
May 10, 10am - 2pm


Soo Yun Jun

March 26
Opening Reception
6 - 9:00pm


Sean Cully

March 9 - 18, 2015

March 12
Opening Reception
6:30 - 9:00pm


Yasmin Than

March 3 - 7, 2015

March 5
Opening Reception
6 - 9:00pm


Delia Perez Salinas Tijerina

February 23 - 28, 2015

February 26
Opening Reception
6 - 9:00pm


Rachel Wolfe

February 16 - 21, 2015

January 31
Closing Reception
6 - 9:00pm


Kristy Baltezore

February 9 - 13, 2015

February 17
Video Release
9am - 5:00pm


Angie Kim

February 2 - 8, 2015

February 5
Opening Reception
6 - 9:00pm


Jamie Grace Davis

January 27 - 31, 2015

January 28

1:00 - 1:10pm, 220V.
1:15 - 1:30pm,  ___________ships.

January 31
Closing Reception
4 - 8:00pm

Mid–Residency MFA Exhibition 
January 12–24, 2015
Closing reception: January 24, 4-6pm


Sponsored by Graduate Fine Arts

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

November 25-8, 2014
(NOTE: Long run date due to holiday)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6-8 pm


Enneagram is a group show of work by Fine Arts seniors.  Exhibting artists include Austin Mathews, David Klein, Veronica Marshall, Liliana Sanchez, So Jung Tak, Jose Zuniga, Lauren Bowering, Moshen Manzoor and Justin Wilson.

Double Positives
November 11-17, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
6-9 pm


double positives

Double Positives is a group show of work by senior fine art majors.  Exhibiting artists include Constance Abram, Will Bengston, Alexia Bernal, Derek Corns, Samson Day, John Hourihan, Laura Lindlief, Chelsea McCarthy, Max Miles and Angelica Sanchez.

Guilty Pleasure
October 28 - November 3, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6-9 pm

guilty pleasure

Guilty Pleasure is a group exhibition of work by senior fine art majors.  Exhibiting artists include Corinne Bernard, Darienn Hesse, Derek Lugo, Glenn Araya, Jose Sanchez, Maia Lee, Natalie Rafisiman, Robert Moore, Seulki Seo, and William Blyth.

An Arranged Marriage
October 7 - 13, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
6-9 pm

arranged marriage
An Arranged Marriage is a group exhibition featuring the work of Fine Arts seniors Sheri Chillingworth, Andrew Chung, Cinthia Lozano, Christina Mancinas, Kate Newman, Adam Papparotto, Nicolas Ramsey, Natalia Risheq, and Sara Sheridan.

Senior Group Show

September 9 - 16, 2014

Senior Group Show

Group exhibition of work by Fine Arts seniors.  Exhibiting artists include Constance Abram, Glenn Araya, Will Bengston, Alexia Bernal, Corinne Bernard, William Blyth, Laura Bowering, Sheri Chillingworth, Andrew Chung, Derek Corns, Samson Day, Darienn Hesse, John Hourihan, David Klein, Maia Lee, Laura Lindlief, Cinthia Lozano, Derek Lugo, Christina Mancinas, Mohsen Manzoor, Veronica Marshall, Austin Matthew, Chelsea McCarthy, Max Miles, Robert Moore, Kate Newman, Adam Papparotto, Natalie Rafisiman, Nicholas Ramsey, Natalia Risheq, Angelica Sanchez, Jose Sanchez, Liliana Sanchez, Seulki Seo, Sara Sheridan, Kimberly Tak, Justin Wilson and Jose Zuniga. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, September 9, 6-8 pm.

Summer 2014 Exhibition

The Bolsky Gallery features exhibitions of student work organized solely by students during the Fall and Spring semesters. It is programmed during the summer by the curatorial staff of Ben Maltz Gallery. A highly flexible space, the gallery displays a wide variety of work, and provides a professional laboratory for students to develop installation, curatorial and event-planning skills.


variations of a whole bolsky card

June 28 - August 27, 2014
Variations of a Whole
A group exhibition of work from Otis Graduate and Undergraduate students

Opening Reception Saturday June 28, 4-6pm
With live music by The Small Steps, and a stencil workshop with Carol Zou celebrating Rosa Parks and transit-based activism

Artists in the exhibition: William Jon Bengtson (BFA Fine Arts), Alexia E. Bernal (BFA Fine Arts), Corinne Bernard (BFA Fine Arts), Derek Corns (BFA Fine Arts), Sean Cully (MFA Fine Arts), Janet E. Dandridge (MFA Fine Arts), Víctor Albarracín Llanos (MFA Public Practice), Laura Lindlief (BFA Fine Arts), Chelsea McCarthy (BFA Fine Arts), Angelica Sanchez (BFA Fine Arts), Yasmin Than (MFA Fine Arts), Rachel Wolfe (MFA Fine Arts), Carol Zou (MFA Public Practice)

Art school is a place where freedom of thought and self-expression flourish, where up-and-coming artists are given an opportunity to restructure codes and belief systems into their own culture. Variations of a Whole, curated by Otis alumna Jeseca Dawson (’12 Graduate Public Practice), combines the work of thirteen artists from both undergraduate and graduate programs in Fine Arts and Public Practice. The work is evidence of the students' exploration of ideas and materials, as well as their desire to manifest meaningful forms of self-expression.  It exemplifies artists in the process of finding their own voice as they investigate identity, experimentation, social responsibility, art theory and the tension between human and natural production.

Spring 2014 Exhibitions by Graduate Fine Arts degree candidates

ELEVEN works by the Graduate Fine Arts class of 2014, May 7 - 19. Opening Reception: Friday May 9, 6-9 PM. 

NESSLESSNESS work by Sweet Samson, April 27 - May 3. Opening Reception: Thursday May 1, 6-9 PM. 

Tied Tides and Small Shifts work by Allison Peck, April 14 - 19. Opening Reception: Thursday April 17, 7-10 PM

work by David Del Franica,  April 7 - 12. Opening Reception: Saturday April 12, 6-8 PM.

Ideal Conditions work by Amanda Katz, Thursday March 27, 6-10 PM. Poetry Reading and Reception: Saturday, March 29 6:30-8 PM

In Defense work by Andrew K. Currey, March 9 - 18, Opening Reception: Thursday March 13, 6-9 PM

a descoberta work by Marcela Gottardo, February 24 - March 6, Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27, 6-9 PM

The Art of The Portrait work by Bryan Bankston, February 13 - 22, Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20, 6-9 PM

Material work by Shiva Aliabadi, February 4 - 11, Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6-9 PM

Togetherers work by Katy Cowan, January 27 - 31,  Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30, 7-10 PM

Self-Titled  work by Rebecca Tull Yates, January 21 - 25, Closing Reception: Saturday, January 25, 4 - 7 PM

guilty pleasure