• 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


Academic Excellence:Miles Gracey

Most Influential Faculty Members?
You cannot run around Otis with scissors in your hands without accidentally bumping into a teacher that will change your life. They are abundant.


Cambria, California


Why Otis?
It’s really serendipitous. I originally attended Otis for its Graphic Design program.I had a few really influential teachers who led me to seek out something a bit more challenging; the rest is history.


Your thesis project?
I built a wall.


Interesting things that you did outside of school?
Outside of school?


Most influential class?
Any class that made me question everything I had already learned up to that point. Otis was a pattern of education followed by de-education, the exact antithesis of what came before. It’s an important value to have throughout life, learning to listen while simultaneously ignoring everything.


Favorite place in L.A.?
I seek out the places in which L.A. shows its seams: places where you get a sense that it is all just make-up on a desert: the back of the Hollywood sign, infamous sites where celebrities have died, the river. These are truly beautiful places.


Impact on your work/life?
I have realized that I am not me but rather a consequence of my last meal (which happened to be a Big Mac and fries). I go through life consuming the world around me. At some point I must have ingested someone with dark brown hair,
possibly tall, but not too. So exactly who was I before I ate myself? Was I horny? And moreover, how piquant would he or she have been fricasseed?


What’s next?
Anything and everything. I think that is the real beauty of an art education, because you are never acutely trained to do one thing. There will never be precisely one thing to do. It is never a good career move to go to art school, but it can allow you to never really have a career. I hope never to work a single day as an artist. I think that is where the true cultural significance of the artist emanates from.


Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I eat people. I am a cannibal.


Information/tips for future students?
Don’t worry, about a thing, ’cause every little thing, is going to be all right...

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