• 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.


Four Otis Alumni in Whitney Biennial

OTIS ALUMNI SELECTED FOR 2008 WHITNEY BIENNIAL Patrick Hill, Rubén Ochoa, Eduardo Sarabia and Mario Ybarra to participate in major survey

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 12, 2008) - Four alumni of Otis College of Art and Design - Patrick Hill ('00, MFA), Rubén Ochoa ('97, BFA) Eduardo Sarabia ('99, BFA), and Mario Ybarra ('99, BFA) - have been selected for the 2008 Whitney Museum Biennial. From March 6 through June 1, this exhibition of 81 artists is the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the U.S.

Mario Ybarra draws attention to forms of culture that exist in the margins of the mainstream, examining hidden cultural histories and alluding to or parodying the street culture of the West Coast. His references range from the activities of inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison to a social exploration of the expanding numbers of barbershops across the African-American community. When pegged as a Chicano artist, Ybarra demurs. “I make contemporary art that is filtered through a Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles. It’s not my goal to learn Nahuatl but to speak Cantonese.”

In 2000, after receiving his MFA, Patrick Hill was working to pay the rent, setting up a studio, and surfing. Driving home on the freeway one day, he blacked out and awoke in a hospital, disoriented. The diagnosis: brain tumor. After undergoing invasive brain surgery, and enduring more than a year of intensive chemotherapy, he started over. His work began to take on the immaterial and formless, as well as issues of ghostly shadows, reflection and translucency.  Using materials such as ink, dye, and bleach along with blackberries and blueberries, he creates paintings that seem to release primordial forms and energy. He searches for “the littoral between here and nowhere.” (Bruce Hainley, Artforum)

San Diego native Rubén Ochoa is no stranger to borders and the controversies that surround them. He transformed the tan 1985 van his parents used for their tortilla business into “Class: C,” a nomadic art gallery. Challenging traditional exhibition methods, he brought struggling artists' work to the masses, literally removing art world barriers. More recently, “Class: C’s Vancade, “a 2-D video game inspired by the artist’s van, allows players to sell tortillas and fund art exhibits as they navigate L.A.’s streets. Ochoa’s work was included in the recent 2004 Orange County Museum of Biennial among many other exhibitions.

Eduardo Sarabia smuggles ideas into culture. Highly influenced by the intricate poetics of the black market and northern Mexican folklore, he creates romantic visual narratives that conflate illegal contraband, fine arts and commerce. He hires Mexican craftspeople in Guadalajara to fabricate his work, and smuggles it across the border. The newest entry into his product line is Tequila Sarabia, a line of three kinds of tequila in hand-blown glass bottles with a Guadalajara ceramic stopper. His white Talavera pottery vases, packaged in their own silkscreened box, are decorated with images of cash, parrots, marijuana leaves, prostitutes and other contraband.

Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s Chief Curator and Associate Director for Programs, comments about the upcoming Biennial, "In dealing with the art of the present, there are no easy assessments, only multiple points of entry." President Samuel Hoi concurs, adding that “The social and cultural insights of these four Otis alumni demonstrate their ability to successfully compete in a global environment increasingly built on innovation and creative thinking. Since its establishment in 1918 as Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis has trained generations of artists who have been in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the city. Nurtured by Los Angeles’ forward-thinking spirit, the College has produced artists who explore the landscape of popular culture and the significant impact of identity, politics and social policy at the intersection of art and society.”

Otis alumni painters were also well represented in Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight's Sunday, December 2nd piece "45 Painters under 45: Painting gets a Broader Brush." Knight asserts that painting is alive and well in L.A., and features Timothy Tompkins (’03, BFA) and Steve Roden (’86, BFA), along with Kevin Appel (’89, BFA), Michael Brunswick (‘05, MFA), Gajin Fujita (’97, BFA), Sandeep Mukherjee (’96, BFA), and Chad Robertson (’91, BFA).


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