• 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. 

  • 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


Invista Sponsors Student Swimwear Design Project

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Students Get Lessons in Working with Xtra Life LYCRA® Fiber Best Swimwear Designs Presented on the Runway May 8 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2010 – Fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches on a collection of swimsuits they created with the support of INVISTA, makers of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. INVISTA provided sponsorship dollars, fabric and education on the benefits of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber to college students in the fashion design program at Otis. Eighteen juniors - working under the direction of professional designer and student mentor Trina Turk - have each created a contemporary swimsuit and coordinating cover-up, using fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. The best of these swimwear looks will debut on the runway at the Otis 2010 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Andrea Matousek, Swimwear Marketing Manager North America at INVISTA Apparel, spearheaded this sponsorship project. “Many of the swimwear industry’s top designers are graduates of the fashion design program at Otis. So it made perfect sense for INVISTA to help with the education and training of the next generation of swimwear designers.” Matousek, who participated with Turk in the student design process from design direction, research, sketch selection, and fabric fittings to construction of a final garment, also brought important resources to the college. INVISTA Scientist Andy Blab presented two comprehensive lectures to Otis students and faculty on the benefits and technical demands for incorporating stretch fabrics in garment design. And swimwear textile manufacturer Texollini provided fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber for the student designs. On April 8, executives from INVISTA will serve on the fashion design jury that determines which Otis student designs will be featured in the annual fashion show.

“When industry heavyweights like INVISTA invest time and resources in the education of young designers, they are insuring the future of fashion,” says Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis Fashion Design. “We are thrilled to have INVISTA as first-time sponsors, and look forward to a continued partnership with them.”

The professional designer/mentorship program is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Current and past design mentors for Otis Fashion Design include Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Trina Turk, Bob Mackie, Todd Oldham, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens, as well as top designers from Hurley, Quiksilver, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. Past and present design project sponsors include Swarovski, Cotton Inc., Nike, Nordstrom, and Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber.

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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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