• 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. 


Los Angeles and Tijuana Converge in Ni Chana Tijuana Exhibition


Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857

Otis College of Art and Design’s Public Practice program teaches students to engage community and explore cross-cultural connections with fieldwork across the border.
Public Practice Students in Tijuana
Public Practice Students in Tijuana - Photo by Carmen Uriarte

Los Angeles, CA - November 27, 2013

Exploring artistic and social connections between Los Angeles and Tijuana, the Exposición Ni Chana Tijuana unpacks what happens when a group of graduate students in Social Practice must, for the first time, develop fieldwork within a border community that they have previously encountered only through theoretical frameworks and discussions. What happens when these students encounter that community in reality, and learn first-hand about its problems and questions? What types of cross-cultural connections can be created with residents, artists, and activists given the complex nature of their surroundings? Not one or the other, neither here nor there, ‘ni Chana ni Juana’ is an expression used in México to emphasize the ambiguous nature of a given situation. In that spirit, this exposición explores the contingent relationship between these artists and the Camino Verde neighborhood of Tijuana.

‘Exposición,’ the Spanish term for exhibition, refers both to the idea of exhibition and to the idea of being in an exposed and vulnerable position. This ‘exposición’ focuses on the ethical and practical dimensions of entering and engaging a community. Some students expose the underlying power structures and their own feelings of vulnerability while others bypass the larger governing structure. Their efforts focus on small-scale moments of relation that activate a shared human experience across numerous borders.

Elements of the controversial bi-national Merida Initiative have funded community development projects in 13 hot spots throughout Mexico designated “at risk” for high incidences of violence and crime. One of those sites is the neighborhood of Camino Verde. Artists are deeply involved in these developments and working to create programming for community organizations such as Casa de las Ideas (House of Ideas) for media production, La Granja (The Farm) for environmental and food justice, and the Camino Verde Community Center. “We took students into this complex environment where local artists and activists are working and asked them to think about how community connections operate,” says Bill Kelley Jr., Otis Graduate Public Practice Program faculty member. “We wanted them to learn how you approach community, learn about the various community and institutional interfaces and begin to make connections. We asked them to focus their research on how to enter and engage in a site like this, and what types of questions should be asked rather than presume that they are going to swoop in and solve problems.”

The ‘exposición’ Ni Chana Tijuana opened at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, on November 16 and runs through December 7, culminating with a conversation at the Otis Graduate Public Practice studios on December 7, 2013 at 12PM. Additional information can be found at

The research projects have been facilitated by Otis faculty member Bill Kelley Jr. and Cog•nate Collective, with the assistance of Polen Audiovisual and in collaboration with Centro Comunitario Camino Verde, Casa de las Ideas, and community organizers Don Polo, Alma López, and Tico Orozco.


About Otis Graduate Public Practice MFA
The only educational program in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, the Program focuses on both collaborative and individual art production. Public practice – also called participatory art, community art, public art, situational art or social sculpture – consists of video, performance, drawing, photography, sculpture and web-based projects. The Program, under the leadership of Suzanne Lacy, the renowned author and artist, educator, theorist of socially engaged public art, prepares students to re-invent traditional media-specific ways of thinking about art making. 



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