• 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


Toy Industry Association Awards $50,000 to Otis College of Art and Design

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Grant Will Support Toy Design Department with Student Scholarships, Curricular Development, and Toy Industry Association Memberships
Otis College — Toy Design
Brayden Fabris, a sophomore in the Toy Design program at Otis College of Art and Design, works on his Manny the Lion project before a presentation
Brayden Fabris works on his Manny the Lion project

Los Angeles, CA, April 30, 2012 — Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Funding will support scholarships for Toy Design students and curricular enhancements to Otis’ internationally recognized Toy Design program. “The Toy Industry Association is pleased to know that our scholarship support continues to have meaningful impact in the lives of aspiring young toy designers,” remarked Carter Keithley, President of the Toy Industry Association. “We are impressed with the inspired work that comes out of the Otis Toy Design program, and are proud to increase our support.”

The Association’s support ensures that students will have access to the most current tools, design techniques, and information, especially in toy safety, manufacturing, and marketing, which will make them highly desirable employee prospects once they graduate.

“Otis is fortunate to have the support of the Toy Industry Association,” says Samuel Hoi, President of Otis College of Art and Design. “We are committed to providing an education that prepares talented designers to succeed in this age of ideas and innovation. The Toy Industry Association clearly understands this, and their generous gift will ensure that we meet our goals.”

Adds Deborah Ryan, Toy Design Department Chair, “Otis is a major contributor of talent to the toy and entertainment industries. With TIA’s support, we will continue to develop our comprehensive Toy Design program to meet the needs of this dynamic and global industry.”

In addition to supporting curricular enhancements and much-needed scholarships, TIA is providing complimentary student memberships to Otis’ Toy Design students so that they may take advantage of industry networking and other professional development opportunities.

TIA is the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and bringing toys and youth entertainment products to kids of all ages. More information is available at

Toys are an important part of our history and culture. Not only is imaginative play fun, but, as psychologists have shown, it’s also crucial for the development of such high-level skills as decision-making, socialization, and creativity. The Toy Design program focuses on the essential toy categories of action figures, games, plush, dolls, preschool toys, and toy vehicles. Students begin by learning analog skills in conceptual drawing, sculpting, and prototyping, and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation, model making, and rapid prototyping. Courses are taught by accomplished faculty and guest mentors, who are toy and entertainment design professionals. Summer internships give Toy Design majors industry experience at such companies as Mattel, Hasbro, and Spinmaster.


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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