Culture Type: Artists Hank Willis Thomas, Nick Cave, and Rick Lowe are Among the African American Creatives Addressing 2016 Commencments

Full article by Victoria L. Valentine


Otis College of Art & Design awarded an honorary doctorate to Rick Lowe who served as commencement speaker at the Los Angeles school. Otis counts David Hammons (1972), Kerry James Marshall (1978) andAllison Saar (1981) among its alumni. Charles White (1918-1979) was a longtime faculty member.

“One of the biggest responsibilities of artists is to utilize their creativity to push things. That’s the one thing that we should always hold dear. We don’t accept things as they are. We want to push them further,” Lowe told the Class of 2016.