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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.



The alumni team of Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors '08) and Kim Karlsrud (Product Design '07) were awarded the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture, one of the highest honors in the U.S. art and humanities field.

Fine Arts faculty member Dorit Cypis won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

The Princeton Review, an influential admissions consulting and test preparation company, selected Otis among 124 U.S. institutions for their "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region/Best of the West"; the colleges are unranked. In total, 643 schools received this “regional best” designation, representing only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges.

Otis Fashion Design is #1 on the West Coast according to Fashion Schools listing of the top 10 Fashion Schools, based on academic reputation, selectivity, breadth of the program and faculty, and location

Animation Career Review ranked Otis #4 of its top 20 animation programs in the West.

BizBash.com selected the Scholarship Benefit and Fashion show as #5 in its ranking of Best Events of 2013.

Among Guggenheim Fellowship winners are faculty members Meg Cranston (Chair, Fine Arts), Jacci den Hartog, and Carole Caroompas; former faculty members Peter Voulkos and Emerson Woelffer; and alumni John Baldessari ('58), Sandow Birk ('89), Robert Irwin ('50), Dorothy Jeakins ('36), John Lees ('67 MFA), Ruben Ochoa ('97), Alison Saar ('81 MFA), and Jeffrey Vallance ('81 MFA).

MacArthur Fellows include alumni Robert Irwin, Kerry James Marshall ('78) and David Hammons ('72).

2011-2012 Individual Awards 

Khoi Vinh ('93)
50 Most Influential Designers in America, 2011

Berton Hasebe (’05)
Best New Visual Artist, 2012

Matt Nava (’08)
Five BAFTA Awards
Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS)
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)’s ITP
Amazon’s 20 Top Games of 2012
Game City Prize
Spike Video’s Video Game Awards

Julianne Eckert (’09)
L.A. Stop Motion Film Award

Diane Gamboa (’84) and Maryrose Mendoza (’85)
L.A. Artists Fellowship Laboratory Exhibition for experimental, site-specific public artworks

Lori Choi, Emily Keifer and Rodrigo Zayas, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Honorable Mention in the L.A. Business Council’s 2012 Julius Shulman Emerging Talent Award Design Charrette

Catherine Hernandez, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Students
Illuminating Engineering Society Russell Cole Lighting Design Competition

Daniel Zhang, Digital Media student
Cut&Paste LA 2012

Steve Hurd, Fine Arts faculty member
City of L.A. Individual Fellowship

Alan Nakagawa (’86) and Mario Ybarra Jr. (’99)
Mid-career Visual Artist Fellowships, City of L.A.

Jessica Silverman (’05)
30 under 30 influential arts professionals

Wendy Pham
Finalist in the Computer Graphics Student of the Year International Competition

Holly Tempo, Fine Arts faculty member
2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

Dawn Baillie (’86)
Saul Bass Award, Hollywood Reporter’s annual Key Art Awards

Renee A. Fox (’02)
CBS Best Art Curators of Los Angeles

Jade Lai (’02)
2012's Top 20 Tastemakers by Surface Magazine

Alison Saar (’81 MFA)
US Artists Grant 

Raymond Zibach (’90)
Academy Award nomination for “Kung Fu Panda”

2013-2014 Individual Awards

Peter Gadol
Faculty member awarded an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.

Matt Nava ('08)
Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: The Brightest Young Stars in Video Games”

Kerry James Marshall ('78)
Elected to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Farrah Karapetian Fine Arts faculty member
2013 California Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art

Suzanne Lacy, Chair, Graduate Public Practice
Tate Live video series

Juliette Bellocq, Graphic Design faculty member
Included in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual for book design

Joy Scopa Graduate Graphic Design student
2013 OUTPUT competition

Rachel Fishman Graduate Graphic Design alumna
Graphic Design USA’s annual “Students to Watch" issue

Chloe Leung (’12, Product Design)
Grand prize and people’s choice awards in the annual design competition

George Martinez and Eric Nishioka, Graphic Design students
One Club Young Ones Competition

Christopher Fong, '13 Product Design
2013 Windgate Fellow in mixed media/product design by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Meg Cranston, Fine Arts Chair and John Baldessari collaborate to create the inaugural exhibition for Michael Janssen Gallery in Singapore, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh.”