• 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


Otis President Samuel Hoi Announces Plans to Step Down After 14 Years

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College Provost Dr. Kerry Walk Named Interim President
Samuel Hoi

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 10, 2014) – Thomas Miller, chair of Otis' board of trustees, announced today that Samuel Hoi will step down as president of Otis College of Art and Design (Otis) in early summer.  Hoi has accepted the position of president at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and will assume his new position on July 1st. Miller also announced that current provost Dr. Kerry Walk has been appointed interim president and will assume her duties upon Hoi’s departure in May.   Search plans for the college’s next president are already in progress.

 "President Hoi’s impact on the growth and prosperity of Otis over the past fourteen years is significant and indisputable” said Miller. “We wish Sammy all the best and now look ahead to new leadership that can take this wonderful school to the next level as it approaches its centennial in 2018.”

Hoi joined Otis as president in 2000. Highlights of Otis’ accomplishments under Hoi’s transformative leadership include the college’s first comprehensive strategic planning and branding efforts, the opening of new facilities such as the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts, the North Building, and the Culver City graduate studios; the establishment of a full institutional advancement unit that has led to record highs in annual contributions and alumni giving; and a tripling of the endowment.  In addition, the school established several distinguished academic programs, including Creative Action:  An Integrated Learning Program, Graduate Public Practice, and Graduate Graphic Design.  In 2007, Hoi led the creation of the influential annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy for the Los Angeles Region, which recently expanded to cover all of California.

In addition, Hoi has been a nationally active advocate for arts education and creative professionals in social, economic, and cultural advancement. His leadership roles include board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) from 2004 to 2009, chairmanship of United States Artists from 2011-2013, and membership on the boards of The James Irvine Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Survey Project (SNAAP), and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs.

"Otis has a uniquely powerful educational and social vision, as well as a long tradition of partnering with diverse sectors to elevate the role of art and design in Los Angeles and throughout the region,” said Hoi. “I am deeply grateful for the privilege of having served the college since 2000, and have been continually inspired by the extraordinary talent, dedication and spirit of the Otis community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members. While it is difficult to depart from Otis and its extraordinary educational and community-based mission, I am confident that the great team led in the interim by the gifted Dr. Kerry Walk, coupled with the many exciting plans in place, will take the college to new heights.”

Walk joined Otis as Provost in May 2011.  Prior positions included Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges; Director of Princeton University’s innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program; and faculty and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley.  An award-winning teacher, Dr. Walk has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.



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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