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Bruce Ferguson

An accomplished author and curator of dozens of nationally and internationally noted exhibitions, Bruce Ferguson is the founding director and first curator of the nationally acclaimed SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has curated for such eminent institutions as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Winnipeg and Vancouver art galleries in Canada. He has also organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice, and Istanbul. Mr. Ferguson’s extensive academic leadership experience includes roles as Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Founding Director of Arizona State University’s F.A.R. (Future Arts Research), and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Kansas City Art Institute in recognition of his leadership in the arts.


It is my pleasure and my honor to welcome you to OTIS College of Art and Design and to its academic and public commitments. This prestigious institution is 97 years old with a distinguished history and a compelling contemporary presence that is poised for a vibrant future. Accomplished artists and designers of all categories and types have been trained here, work here, and continue to be influenced by the high quality of academic programs offered here.

OTIS College of Art and Design is deeply embedded in Los Angeles and the region, and we reach out to and are impacted by many of the complex and animated communities we work with and within. Our faculty and tremendously diverse students both learn from and teach, in ways that help others as well as themselves, to develop rich and robust practices of making things that excite, analyze, stimulate, and energize the world around them.  If we measure civilizations by their imaginative productions, and we do, OTIS can be rightly proud of generating some of those incredible individuals by whom this city and this country’s contributions to culture will be assessed.

OTIS takes pride in its rigorous academics, its emphasis on emerging technologies in all its various fields of study, its deep commitment to social justice through progressive action, and its wide curricular offerings that allow students to develop realistically and practically for their chosen professions. Dedicated to active communications that range from a focus on immediate social impact to the aesthetically advanced, Otis faculty, students, and alumni create ingenious and empathetic events and objects that have persuasive and complex effects on the world around us.

OTIS College of Art and Design is an epicenter – an important node in a significant network - within the larger environment of the creative industries that are comprised of the arts, entertainment, and design. From pure play to productive playbook, OTIS College of Art and Design is devoted to changing the world through its unique vision of the future and its qualitative initiatives, both academically and creatively.