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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 Alumni and Faculty Entrepreneurs

Support Otis alumni and faculty entrepreneurs! The list below provides information on retail stores and galleries owned by alumni, and websites where alumni and faculty designed products can be purchased.

Contact Laura Daroca (ldaroca@otis.edu), Director of Alumni Relations, if you have a business that you would like added.


Robert Gunderman ('88)

Jacob Rhodes
Field Projects, N.Y.

Jade Lai
Creatures of Comfort, L.A. and N.Y.

Robert Apodaca ('03)
Fifth Floor Gallery, L.A.

Eleana del Rio ('89)
Koplin del Rio, L.A.

Wanda Weller ('88)
Modern Folk Living, Ojai

Carla Decker ('93)
Plastica, L.A.

Eric Kermanikian ('00 MFA)
Western Project, L.A.





Abigail Cosio ('07)
Bedford Falls Headwear

Nancy Newberg ('84)
Nancy Newberg Jewelry

Apollo Crowe ('07)

Amanda Thomas ('10)
Luv AJ

Rachel Mastre ('04)
Kokoro Kara Jewelry

Jody Rollins ('05)
Yellow 108

Isis Jara ('10)

Therese Kochakji ('07)

Sonia Boyajian ('01)
Sonia Boyajian

Lillian Shalom (’07)
Lillian Shalom

Fashion Design

Rebecca Virtue ('90)
BECCA by Rebecca Virtue (swimwear)

Deborah Sabet ('05)
District Homme (custom menswear)

Consuelo Asper ('01)

Rod Beattie ('86)
Bleu by Rod Beattie (swimwear)

Michelle Wenke & Megan George ('04)

Cynthia Vincent ('88)
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

Maya Reynolds ('07)
Clade (L.A. boutique)

Red Carter ('92)
Red Carter Swimwear

Paul Nguyen ('96)
Fore!! Axel & Hudson

Jessica Elrod (Allen) ('06)
Cavelle Kids

Meleina Mayhew ('00)
Sugar Pants

Heather Goldberg ('09)

Claire Pettibone ('89)
Claire Pettibone

Louiza Babouryan ('98)
Louiza Babouryan


Design Products

Blaine Fontana ('02)
Fontana Studios

Ashkahn Shahparnia ('06)
(also available at MOCA, Hammer Museum)

Tim Biskup ('88)

Bianca D'Amico ('05)
Chaparral Studio

Charles Carroll ('09)
Clean Aesthetic

Leslie Ross-Robertson (CE faculty)
Modern Optic (stationery and prints)

Kristen Erickson (’03)

Leigh Kivowitz Spencer ('99)
Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker

Tula Pink ('02)

Camille Rose Garcia ('92)
Camille Rose Garcia Store

Jeremy Madl ('00)
Mad Toy Design

Nate Mitchell ('04)
Squid Kids Ink

Jessica Chrysler (’08)
Jessica Chrysler
(Design objects and illustrated books)

Lishu and Leonardo Rodriguez (’01)
El Dot Designs

Tanya Aguiñiga (Product Design faculty member)
(also available at many museum stores)

David Billings (’88)
Dogleg Right

Haley Robinson ('08)

Jenn Romero ('08)

Lorna Turner (CE faculty)
cards available at YOLK

Erin Adams ('87)
Brainworks Home

Melanie Abrantes ('12)
Melanie Abrantes Designs

Ingred Sidie (’89)
God Hates Goods
(A portion of all proceeds from God Hates Goods goes to human rights.)

Dick Termes





Ben Maltz Gallery Publications

Rebecca Chamlee ('85) Faculty member, Communication Arts
Pie in the Sky Press (handbound letterpress books)

Barbara Maloutas ('02 MFA) Associate Chair, Communication Arts (poetry)
In a Combination of Practices

Sandow Birk ('89)
Dante's Divine Comedy

Annie Buckley (’03 MFA)
The Kids Yoga Deck

Sarah Perry ('83)
If… (childrens)

Ian Falconer ('83)
Olivia series (childrens)

Aaron Clark ('08)
The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime
And other Crime Fiction

Seismicity Editions
(Otis Graduate Writing Publications)

Michele Houston (’96)
The Wonderful Healing Leaves

Hideko Takahashi ('94)
Children's Books

Cole Moss ('11)
Unicorn Being a Jerk/Why Unicorn Drinks

Sam Watters ('02 MFA)
Books on historical homes and gardens

Gerald Lange (CE faculty)
The Bieler Press (Chapbooks, woodcuts, artists books)

Robert Cabeen (’73)
Fearworms: Selected Poems





Laura Magardechian ('12)
Chubby Cheek Cakes (custom cakes)

Paul Wackym ('85)
Wackym's Kitchen (cookies/treats)