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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.


Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show

2015 Benefit Branding


33rd Annual Gala Event

Each year, the Benefit black-tie gala features Los Angeles' largest fashion runway show with more than 70 professional models in 175-plus fashion designs for women, men and juniors. Approximately 800 guests—a creative crowd of leaders in fashion and entertainment—get a glimpse of the future of fashion design from those who invent it—Otis fashion students!  In 2013, more than $1 million was raised for student scholarships. Many of these promising young artists and designers (80% of whom require financial aid) would be unable to complete their education without this support.

2015 Runway Show Highlights (video opens in a popup)

Check out photos from the 33rd Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show here. 

Johnny Was 2014

2014 Runway Show Highlights. (video opens in a pop-up window)
The inside story of year-long design projects as they lead to the annual runway show (blog)

Tickets & Sponsorship: Learn more about sponsorship opportunities, tribute journal ads and conveniently purchase your tickets online.

If you have any questions, please call (310) 665-6858 or email ckrumlauf@otis.edu

2015 Honorees


Carlos Alberini - Chairman of the Board and CEO, Lucky Brand

Fashion Leadership Award

Carlos Alberini is succesfully leading Lucky Brand, the Los Angeles-based denim and casual American lifestyle company, founded in 1990. Charged with invigorating the fashion denim wholesale and retail business, Alberini became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Lucky Brand in early 2014. Prior to joining Lucky Brand, Carlos Alberini was Co-Chief Exectuive Officer at Restoration Hardware. Earlier he served as President and Chief Operting Officer of Guess?, Inc.



Gary Schoenfeld - President and CEO, PacSun

Creative Vision Award

Surf and skate wear industry veteran and "brand architect" Gary Schoenfeld has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. since 2009. PacSun, a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences, carries the mantle for California youth culture with over 600 stores nationwide and the motto Golden State of Mind.



Trina Turk - Founder/Fashion Designer, Trina Turk

Fashion Innovation Award

As an entrepreneurial fashion designer, Trina Turk embodies not just California but the American Dream. Founded in 1995 as a women's contemporary clothing line, Trina Turk has evolved into an iconic lifestyle brand, celebrating California style with eleven annual collections of chic women's ready-to-wear and accessories, swimwear, recreation/activewear, a Mr Turk menswear line, and residential decor and textiles, plus eleven boutiques across the United States.

2014-15 Fashion Design Mentors (see projects)

Bob Mackie
Trina Turk
Zaid Affas
Joe McCarty for Lane Bryant
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Mary Jo Bruno
Urban Outfitters
Isobella & Chloe
DC and Roxy
Anne Cole




Past Mentors

Highlights from Past Shows

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2014 Benefit Highlights

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2013 Benefit Highlights

2012 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show Video

2012 Benefit Highlights

2011 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show Video

2011 Benefit Highlights

2010 Benefit Highlights Splash

2010 Benefit Highlights

Fashion Show Archive

Media Inquiries: Please contact John Axtell, jaxtell@otis.edu or (310) 665-6857