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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.



Student Resources

Studio visits and advisement on courses, internships, graduate schools and careers are available for all current and prospective ACT students. Call 310-846-2634 or email the ACT Program Assistant to schedule a meeting with the ACT Director.

ACT Internship Resources (ePortfolio)

Center for Creative Professions

CA VAPA Standards

CA VAPA Curriculum Frameworks

CA Common Core Standards

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

LAUSD TB Test Form and Local TB Test Clinic Sites

CA LiveScan Finger Printing Locations and Hours

Live Scan Form

Sample Teaching Portfolios by National Art Education Association Members

The Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program

LA County Arts Commission Arts Internship Program

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Professional Preparation Programs - where to go after Otis to complete the 5th year of study

CA Subject Matter in Art requirements (MS Word Doc)

American Art Therapy Association Approved Graduate Programs in Art Therapy

andDesign - online magazine for people interested in Design Education in K-12 schools

Community Arts Network - promoting information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based art

Teaching Artists Journal - print and online quarterly devoted to the work and thought of teaching artists and all those working at the intersection of the arts and learning     

Faculty and Alumni Resources

ACT Program Resources for Faculty (ePortfolio - requires log-in)

Local School Districts

Beverly Hills Unified School District

Culver City Unified School District

El Segundo Unified School District

Inglewood Unified School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Pasadena Unified School District

Redondo Beach Unified School District

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Wiseburn School District

Other Resources 

American Association of Museums (AAM)

Arts for All: Resources for Schools and Teachers

Armory Center for the Arts Professional

Development Programs

Art:21 - PBS series on art in the 21st Century with archived episodes and resources for teachers

CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing - Info for prospective California Educators

CA Student Aid Commission's Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

CA Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET: ART test guides)

Creative Capital Professional Development Workshops

Chronicle of Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs

College Art Association

Design-Based Learning Programs for K-12 Teachers - at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Ed Join - CA Public Education Job Search

HigherEdJobs - Admin, Faculty, Community Colleges, PT/Adjunct

Los Angeles Art Association

LA County Arts Commission

Los Angeles Culture Net Yahoo! Group

LA Unified School District: Why Teach in LA?

Museum Employment Resource Center (MERC)

Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC)

National Art Education Association

Professional Practices Workshops For Visual Artists at Side Street Projects - in Pasadena, CA