• 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


Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

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

Educational initiative addresses bullying, racial profiling, and social injustice; a Museum of Tolerance and Otis College of Art and Design partnership.
Nick Edinger Sketches
Nick Edinger Sketches

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 26, 2012 - Civic engagement and social responsibility drive the mission and curriculum of Otis College of Art and Design. Partnering with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, educators from Otis have developed a course of study focusing on sequential art and storytelling to address critical social issues facing society today.

"Using storytelling to get the point across has long been an effective way to keep an audience engaged and interested in a subject," says Otis faculty member Candace Lavin. "Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society."

Working in teams, students will develop allegorical scripts that take on issues such as cyberbullying, social profiling, or censorship, and devise ways to illustrate the story through trans-disciplinary methods. The end result may be anything from a graphic novel or animation, to sequential art rendered in sculpture, painting, or mixed media. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring.

Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program provides all BFA students at Otis with collaborative and community experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their major. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners, and implementing real-world solutions. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and to respond creatively to community challenges.

About the Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today.


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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