2006 Alumni Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Center
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art
This survey exhibition highlighted the lasting impact of Los Angeles artists and movements, and demonstrated the seminal influence of Otis, L.A.’s first professional school of art.
"Even before Kerry James Marshall took a drawing class at Otis, Charles White was one of his heroes. The Carver Junior High student had read about White, and was thrilled to learn that the painter taught and had a studio at Otis. When White walked into his classroom, recalls Marshall, “That was it for me.
It was a life-altering experience.” Both Marshall and Otis have come a long way since that day back in the ’60s. Marshall is a 1978 Otis graduate whose own paintings are now in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And today, Otis trains not just painters and sculptors but also toy and fashion designers."
Excerpt of historical essay by Barbara Isenberg (PDF)
Video about Alumni public art in Los Angeles (no audio)
Billy Al Bengston
Camille Rose Garcia
Roberto Gil de Montes
Barry Le Va
Kerry James Marshall
Ruth C. Snyder
Mark Dean Veca
Cecily Grossman Willis