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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.



Academic leadership
Senior Leadership

Bruce W. Ferguson, President
Randall Lavender, Provost
Susan Pollack, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
William Schaeffer, Vice President for Administrative and Financial Services
Laura Kiralla, Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs
Jane Miyashiro, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Development

Academic Leadership

Andrew Armstrong, Director of Technical Support Services
Debra Ballard, Chair, Liberal Arts and Sciences
Rose Brantley, Chair, Fashion Design
Meg Cranston, Chair, Fine Arts
Peter Gadol, Chair Graduate Writing
Amy Gantman, Dean of Continuing Education/Pre-College Programs
Michele Jaquis, Director of ACT & Interdisciplinary Studies
Suzanne Lacy, Chair, Graduate Public Practice
Sue Maberry, Director of Library & Instructional Technology
Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design
Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media
Kali Nikitas, Chair, Communication Arts & Graduate Graphic Design
Katie Phillips, Chair, Foundation
Linda Pollari, Chair, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors
Deborah Ryan, Chair, Toy Design
Rich Shelton, Director of Integrated Learning

Administrative Leardership

John P. Axtell, Director of Communications and Marketing
Fred Barnes, Director, Student Counseling Services
Carol Branch, Director, Student Resources Center and Title IX
Mathew Gallagher, Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Darren Grosch, Director, Center for International Education
Felipe Gutierrez, Senior Director of End-User Computing
Jessika Huerta, Director of Financial Aid
Donna Lee Oda, Director, Center for Creative Professions
Mike Luna, Director, Student Activities
Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions
Anna Manzano, Registrar
Claude Nica, Chief Facilities and Operations Officer
Monique Ramsey, Director of Student Accounts
Christine Sanchez, Controller, Business Office
Barbara Tecle, Director of Purchasing