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Randall Lavender is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist whose works in oil on panel and sculptural tableaux are included in dozens of public and private collections and have been featured in numerous books, catalogues, articles, and reviews. Having served for eight years as Provost and/or Vice Provost at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, he brings much experience to current consulting, synthetic analysis, and writing on all matters of art and design in higher education, including strategic planning, budget planning, space/facilitation needs, accreditation, shared governance, collective bargaining, organizational structures, survey research and related analysis. 

Professor Lavender earned his M.F.A. in Sculpture at Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Ceramics at California State University, Fullerton. He joined the Otis faculty in 1983 following faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Claremont Graduate University, and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He served as Associate Chair and Professor in Otis’ Foundation (first-year) program for more than a decade before joining the College's Senior Team and serving as Vice Provost, and later as Chief Academic Officer. He has published original research, essays, and articles on art in higher education, educational psychology, contemporary culture, and best college art/design teaching practices in leading art education journals, including Studies in Art Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Foundations in Art Theory Education (F.A.T.E.) in Review.

Please click the Tabs above to view Painting and Sculpture, Research and Publication, Teaching and Faculty Development, Creative Writing, and Curriculum Vitae.


For information regarding consulting on art/design programming and pedagogy, authored academic or creative writing, artwork and pricing, exhibitions, or speaking engagements, please use the contact link above, or:


Office of the Provost

Otis College of Art and Design

9045 Lincoln Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90045

310 665-6988




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