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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.


Strategic Planning

The Working Strategic Plan

The Working Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees on December 8, 2014.  

2014-19 Strategic Planning

In 2018, Otis will celebrate 100 years of excellence in art and design education. During the 2013-14 academic year, the College embarked on a year-long, highly participatory process to create a new Strategic Plan, which will guide the College through the Otis Centennial Celebration and beyond, from Fall 2014 through Spring 2019. 

The Strategic Plan for 2014-19 will serve as a follow-up to the successful 2010-13 Strategic Bridge Plan (SBP), which was designed to focus attention on a group of top College priorities within a brief three-year timeframe. The 2014-19 Strategic Plan will include ongoing objectives launched from the SBP—including faculty and student workload, multi-year faculty and staff compensation plans, assessment of the new Institutional Learning Outcomes, and others—as well as new areas of strategic importance, to be developed by the entire Otis Community.

The strategic planning process has already engaged a wide range of Otis stakeholders, including internal constituencies (faculty, staff, and students) and external constituencies (Otis trustees and governors, alumni, key industry leaders). Most planning work has been, and will continue to be, incorporated into existing committees and working groups so that campus members can be engaged widely and organically.

The strategic planning effort was launched in early Fall 2013 and then continued through early Spring 2014, when it was temporarily put on hold while the College attended to the departure of the president.  The planning effort was renewed in Summer 2014, with the goal of completing a five-year Working Strategic Plan by the end of Fall 2014, in accordance with the original timeline.  Once a new president is on board, he or she will have the opportunity to continue the planning process and develop a finalized Strategic Plan, to be submitted for Board approval sometime in 2015-16.  This solution will allow the College to be guided by a plan during the interim leadership period, while giving the new president a chance to shape the final result.  It will also enable Otis to satisfy accreditation requirements.

Planning Timeline

The strategic planning process has five phases:


Phase 1:  Setting the Stage

President Samuel Hoi set the stage for the strategic planning process in a State of the College Address on August 21, 2013, at a convening of all faculty and staff.  He provided a holistic definition of Otis success and laid out seven Strategic Pathways for Otis’ next phase of development.  The seven Strategic Pathways are interrelated and interdependent.  Each one drives the others, and together they lead to the mission-centric, externally recognized, and sustainable college that we envision. 


A Guide for Strategic Planning

To help the campus community prepare for meaningful participation in the strategic planning process, a planning guide entitled "Mapping the Future: The Otis Centennial and Beyond" has been developed and widely distributed. It provides succinct descriptions of the seven Strategic Pathways.

Phase 2:  Kick-Off

Faculty and staff convened on November 14th and 20th, 2013, to launch planning efforts through open discussion of the strategic pathways and brainstorming exercises that provided input for the plan.

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President Samuel Hoi welcomed all to Forum #1

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Faculty and Staff brainstormed at Forum #1

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Provost Kerry Walk led an exercise at Forum #2

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31 groups shared "hot ideas" at Forum #2