• 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

  • Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, MCA San Diego, and SF MoMA, among others. Drucker is an Emmy-nominated Producer for the docu-series This Is Me, as well as a Producer on Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent.

  • Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique.

  • McFetridge is a artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London, the Netherlands and Japan. Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, ‘an all round visual auteur’. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines. 



Otis College of Art and Design Presents a Lecture by Cultural Critic Hilton Als at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LOS ANGELES, CA - Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department presents a lecture by cultural critic Hilton Als: Diane Arbus in Manhattan, February 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Bing Theater.

Postponed - Public Lecture by Hilton Als

This lecture has been postponed. Check back soon to find out about the new lecture date.


Otis College of Art Design’s Fine Art Department and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art present:

"Diane Arbus in Manhattan" Lecture by Hilton Als


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Alumni and Faculty Exhibiting at LACMA

This summer don’t miss the work of several Otis College alumni and faculty at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Digital Media Faculty Member Michael Wright on LACMA Unframed

Then and Now: Museum Education at LACMA


Recent Fine Arts Reviews and Events



"I Love you, I Love you Not" by Edward Goldman (KCRW).


"Out of the Light; Into the Shadows" by Jonathan Griffin (TATE Etc.).


Fine Arts Alumnus Bari Kumar at LACMA

This Friday Fine Arts alumnus Bari Kumar ('88) will be exhibiting his work at LACMA's off-site gallery at Charles White Elementary School. “Remembering the Future” features Kumar's paintings and cloth work,  a collaborative piece by students and the artist, and a selection of objects from LACMA's South and Southeast Asian Art collection.


January 30, 2015–June 13, 2015

Midtown Studio - Teaching at LACMA

Fine arts students have a unique opportunity to take painting classes with unprecedented access to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s world-class painting collection.  The Otis Mid-Town Studio at 6124 Wilshire Blvd. is within walking distance to the museum, allowing students to use the collection as a primary resource in developing their work.  The proximity of the studio to LACMA—just one block west--allows faculty and students to visit the museum on a weekly basis, when it is closed to the public, and bring information back to the studio.