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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.



Otis housing Playa del Oro
Going away to college allows academic, personal and social growth. Otis is a place of self-discovery where students belong to a community that supports diversity, individuality, and artistic creativity. Where students live is critical to the quality of their college experience. In the Otis Student Housing Program you will participate in fun and interactive programs, workshops, and events, and receive 24/7 guidance and support from our on-site Residence Life Staff. You'll grow and develop in a diverse community of artists, realize your full potential, and make friends that will last a lifetime!

Otis housing complex with pool

In one of Southern California's most desirable communities and only two blocks from Otis, Playa del Oro offers educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities, including convenient access to freeways, dining, beaches, shopping, and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Owned and operated by Decron Properties, Playa del Oro's contemporary design creates a light and airy feel. Nestled a in dynamic canopy of lush flowers, tree and tropical plays are spas, a sparkling pool with barbeques, a fitness center, and a resident lounge.
How to Apply!
Step 1 Complete and submit and official OSHP application
Step 2 Submit an initial Security/Damage Deposit of $550.00 (USD)

You will be contacted if you have secured a space in the housing program. Priority is given to students currently residing in countries outside the U.S., out-of-state students, and those from Northern California. The priority Deadline is May 1. After May 1, space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are offered a space and decline, you forfeit your deposit. Deposits will be returned to those students who are not offered a space for the fall and/or spring semester. Housing confirmations will be sent out the week of May 11, 2015.  Additional information is available in Housing and Residence Life.


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