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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 Excellence - Chris Cherrie ’13


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Why Otis?
I was attracted by the idea that I didn’t have to specify a major until junior year within the Communication Arts department. I felt that I could be in charge of my own education.

Your thesis project?
Developed as a solution to the problems articulated in my capstone thesis paper, “Fraternize” is a community of guys who like guys. They connect, learn, and explore manhood. This project encompasses a geosocial smartphone application and website to provide homosexual healthcare and lifestyle information. I am developing this project in partnership with VeryNice Design; we plan to have the first live site up soon. gofraternize.tumblr.com

Interesting things you did outside of school?
I had the joy of exploring L.A., and taking advantage of diverse cultural experiences. I can identify three events that were amazing— Coachella Music and Arts Festival, camping and hiking at Point Mugu State Park, and the Creative Arts
Emmys 2012.

Most influential class?
Capstone, as I continue to put my research to good use.

Most influential faculty member?
Erin Hauber was right; the lessons didn’t hit me until a year later. I hated learning them but through her lessons, I’ve become a confident producer and designer of content. Ana Llorente clarified what it means to be a great designer; it’s putting things in simple terms, something others can absorb. That’s the difficult part.

Favorite place in L.A.?

Impact on your work/life?
For four years, Otis was my life. I think it would be impossible for anyone to attend Otis and do anything else because artists, designers, and writers are studying their passion.

What’s next?
Currently I am the Entrepreneur in Residence at VeryNice Design, where I am developing a socially innovative sexual health and lifestyle program for young guys who like guys. I work as a graphic designer and curatorial assistant at the Museum of Public Fiction. I plan to continue my multidisciplinary design practice in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Information/tips to share with future students?
Be open; you don’t know anything, so always ask questions.