• 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 Report on the Creative Economy to be Released at Google's New YouTube Space LA

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Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region at Google's new YouTube Space LA, December 4, 2012 from 3-6 PM.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 30, 2012 - Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region on December 4, 2012 from 3 - 6 PM Pacific Standard Time at Google's new YouTube Space LA.

This event will be one of the first hosted at Google's new production facility, called the YouTube Space LA, in Playa Vista. The Space will serve as a collaborative, creative facility where YouTube partners can collaborate with fellow creators, learn from industry experts, and access state-of-the-art equipment that will help catalyze the creative community both on and offline.

This is the sixth year that Otis College of Art and Design, working with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will publish an extensive annual research project mapping the creative economy of the Los Angeles region.

As reported in the 2011 Otis Report, the combined economic impact of the arts, design, and entertainment industries accounted for one out of eight jobs in 2010 with a total economic impact of $201.1 billion in L.A and Orange Counties. The jobs and revenues the creative economy brings to the L.A. region are significant. It is also clear that creativity has its roots in arts education, where instruction in specific arts disciplines spurs imagination and innovation, and develops the higher skills necessary to thrive in a market place increasingly driven by originality.

The 2012 Otis report comes at a time of transition for creative industries. In our information and technology driven culture, digital distribution and online content consumption are on the rise, and the new creative skill set reflects the dominance of web-based platforms and new technologies.

"Creativity is a defining resource of Southern California that cannot be easily outsourced," says Otis President Samuel Hoi. "Leaders from multiple sectors must come together to consider our region's future and proactively invest in the creative economy. We cannot imagine a place with more creative energy and drive than Google's YouTube Space LA to release the findings of this year's Otis Report. We look forward to a stimulating group discussion."

The event at Google is an invitation-only leadership gathering, and will also serve as a convening of the Creative Economy Convergence Task Force, a leadership group formed to promote education and policy that supports the creative economy of the Los Angeles region. Guests will interact and share ideas with fellow leaders and entrepreneurs across several sectors.

Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has played a pivotal role in developing the creative economy of L.A. With training programs in Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Fashion Design, and more, Otis has been a leading force in creative design and the arts for nearly 100 years. Graduates of Otis College of Art and Design continue to be in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the region.

Scheduled presenters include:

Robert Kleinhenz, Chief Economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will present the highlights from the 2012 Otis Report and discuss the five-year trends in our region.

Ann Markusen, noted research economist and the author of the commissioned piece that accompanies the 2012 Otis Report, City Creative Industry Strategies, will present national models of city strategies to stimulate and support the creative sector.

Mark Lacter, editor of LA Biz Observed and a contributor to the Los Angeles Magazine, Fast Company and Financial Times, will present his reflections on our regional creative economy and moderate a conversation of the room.

Supporters of the event include Google, Mattel, Boeing, CAbi, City National Bank, Coaster Fine Furniture, Disney, Hurley, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Miss Me, Nike, Ovation, San Pedro Wholesale Mart , Sony Pictures, and more.


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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