Otis

decade

1950s

1956

Billy Al Bengston enrolls at the Los Angeles County Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design) and studies with Peter Voulkos but leaves after a year.

decade

1960s

1965

Charles White begins teaching at Otis Art Institute.

1965

Judithe Hernández receives the first Future Masters Scholarship from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which allows her to attend Otis Art Institute.

1967

Carlos Almaraz is part of a group exhibition at Otis Art Institute.

late 1960s 1967

Suzanne Jackson serves as a model for Charles White’s classes at Otis Art Institute.

1968–72 1968

David Hammons takes night classes at Otis Art Institute. Hammons’s drawing teacher, Charles White, makes a profound impact on him as the first successful black man whom Hammons has encountered.

late 1960s 1968

Suzanne Jackson takes a drawing class with Charles White at Otis, where she also meets David Hammons.

1968

Suzanne Jackson founds Gallery 32 (1968–70) out of her studio at 672 North Lafayette Park Place, near MacArthur Park, around the corner from Otis and Chouinard Art Institute.

1969

Charles White and Judithe Hernández at the Otis Art Institute, c. 1969–70. The Charles White Archives.

decade

1970s

1972–74 1972

Carlos Almaraz and Judithe Hernández are friends and classmates at Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles. Almaraz graduates with an MFA in 1974.

1972

Judithe Hernández earns her BFA at Otis, where she studies under Charles White.

1979

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition L.A. Parks and Wrecks: Reflects on Urban Life at Otis Art Institute.

decade

1980s

1983

Carlos Almaraz is included in the group exhibition Miles Above at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design Gallery.

decade

1990s

1990

Andrea Bowers teaches at Otis Art Institute.

decade

2010s

2010s 2011

Kori Newkirk holds a dual teaching appointment at SAIC and Otis College of Art and Design.

Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. Chromogenic development print; series of 11, each: 12 × 18 in. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Roderick “Quaku” Young.

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