• Otis Family Night

    Oct 21| Special Event

    Be a student for an evening.
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016
    4:00 – 8:00 PM

    • Hands-on studio workshops taught by Otis faculty

    • A guided exhibition tour of the Ben Maltz Gallery

    President Bruce W. Ferguson and Trustee Kirk Hyde (Otis Parent '00 & '14) invite you to join them for dinner.

    Register by October 14th at

    Cost (includes all activities and dinner)

  • Alumni Open House at The Brewery Art Walk
    October 22, 2016 
    2-6 pm
    Join Otis College of Art And Design for a Brewery Art Walk Open House at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10). Catch up with faculty and fellow alumni, artists, and designers. The Brewery Art Walk is a twice annual open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists. Stop by while touring the studios, open 11am-6pm, and enjoy light refreshments. 

  • 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. 



Alumna Zeal Harris Begins Residency at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura

Artist Zeal Harris ('07 MFA Painting) -- whose work tackles "diffuclt realities" in a colorful style -- began her stint as the Camera Obscura Art Lab's new Studio Artist-in-Residence in Santa Monica this month, City officials said.

During her tenure, which ends November 12, Harris will explore "the impact of police violence on interpersonal relationships" in a series of workshops and narrative paintings she plans to create, organizers said.

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall Receives 2016 Rosenberger Medal

The University of Chicago has announced that artist Kerry James Marshall was the recipient of its 2016 Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for outstanding achievement in the creative and performing arts. Established in 1917, the Rosenberger Medal is an annual award given to a nominee who is recognized for achievements that benefit humanity.

Inside the Studio of Alumnus Kerry James Marshall with Artsy

No one’s going to let you into the art world. This is a reality that Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts), one of America’s most esteemed painters, whose numerous accolades will be burnished this year with a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA Chicago) that later travels to the new Met Breuer in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles, knows well.

Fine Arts Alumnus Alex Becerra Featured in Modern Painters

Behind the frosted windows of a nondescript 1,700-square-foot storefront in Inglewood, California, just a few minutes south of the world-renowned Randy’s Donuts, billows of cigarette smoke envelop the Castroesque beard of Alex Becerra ('11 Fine Arts). The young artist is dressed in a blousy, cement-toned double-breasted suit, a plain white T-shirt, and camouflage-patterned Crocs with a half-cashed American Spirit hanging from his lips and what appears to be a Remington shotgun (but is really just a wax cast of one) in his hands.

Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Unveils New Mural in La Jolla

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above.

Urban Outfitters Interview with Alumna Satsuki Shibuya

California painter Satsuki Shibuya (’09 Communication Artscreates beautifully subtle watercolors that are each quiet meditations on color and intuition: discover more about her work and inspiration in our interview with the artist.  



In many ways, Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts) has depicted the African American experience on canvas much as playwright August Wilson chronicled it for the theater. And beginning this spring, Marshall’s work will be seen in its first retrospective exhibition, “KJM: Mastry,” which will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (April 23 – Sept. 25, 2016), move on to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Oct. 25, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017), and finally be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (March 21 – July 2, 2017).

Alumnus Timothy Tompkins

Tompkins is a native of Long Beach who received his BFA from Otis in 2003 (Painting) and currently works in Los Alamitos, California.

Alumna Patssi Valdez

Patssi Valdez ('85), recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, Flintridge fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant, and an NEA in painting, has remained particularly active in the West Coast art scene.