• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • 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. 


The 100TH Anniversary of the Futurists

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries



Otis College of Art and Design Event Brings Together Writers, Artists, Musicians, Followers and Fans of the Avant-Garde Movement Begun in 1909

Public Is Invited to “Futurism + 100” with Music, Poetry Readings, Short Films and Art,Including Premiere of Video Installation, “1080 Punch-ups”

WHO: Otis College of Art and Design invites all Futurists (and the public at-large) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto, written by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. The declaration was published on the front page of Le Figaro on February 20, 1909, and launched a cultural phenomenon. Marinetti’s legacy continues to exercise a vital and often controversial influence on contemporary visual and literary worlds.

WHAT: To commemorate the founding of Futurism, the Graduate Writing Program at Otis, chaired by Paul Vangelisti, hosts a real “serata futurista” (“futurist evening”). The many fields of experimentation dear to the Futurist sensibility will be duly represented: poetry, music, visual arts, cinema and food. Vangelisti recommends that attendees wear Futurist attire (i.e., red, black or white).

Poetry: Readings of “parolibere” poems (“words in freedom”) and a passage from Marinetti’s Come si Seducono le Donne (How to Seduce Women), for the first time in English translation.
Music: A Futurist DJ Set with the music and voices of the movement’s principal figures, remixed and revisited by DJ ZANG TUMB TUMB.
Visual Arts: Reproductions of the key articles of the Futurist Manifesto on display, as well as a number of reproductions of “parolibere” poems. Also, premiering, MARINETTI + COMPUTER, an interactive video installation by Alessandro Marianantoni and Gianluca Rizzo, projected on the “punch-card” façade of the Otis main building (constructed in 1962 for IBM’s West Coast headquarters), which translates Futurist aesthetics into the language of new media.
Cinema: Projection of Amor Pedestre, a rare Futurist short that tells a love story by focusing solely on the character’s feet.
Food: “Polibibita” Negroni, the one and only true Futurist cocktail

WHEN: Friday, February 20, 2009 from 8pm until 10pm
WHERE: Otis College of Art and Design, just north of LAX, at 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Map and directions available at


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at
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