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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.


Community Partners

The Artists, Community, and Teaching (ACT) Program partners with local schools, teachers, museum education departments, community arts organizations, and socially engaged artists and designers in order to provide positive learning experiences for students who are invested in working with diverse communities using their art and design skills. The best partnerships are mutually beneficial – the partner gains needed assistance while the students gain hands-on experience in the field, and in many cases either college credit or hourly wages.


Host a classroom observation or site visit: Several ACT classes include field trips to local arts organizations, museums, K-12 classrooms, public art sites and the studios of socially engaged artists and designers. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to host a small group of ACT students.

Mentor an ACT student as your assistant: During the required internship/early field experience, juniors and seniors are assistants in school and community settings. K-12 public school teachers who hold CA Single Subject in Art Credentials can mentor a student pursuing either the Teacher Credential Preparation or Community Arts Engagement Minor. Socially engaged artists and designers as well as non-credentialed teaching artists/designers working in private schools, museum education departments, correctional facilities, or organizations that offer community arts programming can only mentor students pursuing the Community Arts Engagement Minor. In either case the student interns a minimum of three hours a week for ten weeks while earning two credits. It is a mutually beneficial partnership in which the mentoring artist/designer/educator has the eager assistance of the intern in their classroom or studio, while the internship provides an invaluable opportunity for students to map theoretical learning of their coursework with the realities of art and design education and socially engaged art practices in schools and community settings. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to mentor an intern.

Have an ACT student teach at your school, museum or community organization:

Students enrolled in the Teaching for Learning II course are required teach their own art/design lessons in a school or community setting of their choice. Students who have already completed their internship/early field experience can also apply for the ACT Assistantship Awards, which places top students or recent alumni as a paid assistant in a school or community setting of their choice. These are opportunities for ACT students to hone their teaching skills while providing meaningful art experiences to K-12 students and community members in often underserved parts of Los Angeles county. Email act@otis.edu if you would like to host a visiting ACT student teacher.

Community Work-study Partners: Several local non-profit organizations have partnered with Otis to offer paid Teaching Assistant and Program Assistant positions, funded by the Federal Work-study Program. The ACT Program and the Financial Aid Office collaborate to allocate funds to partner sites at the start of each fiscal year, after which the work-study jobs are posted on the Otis Job Board, hosted by the Center for Creative Professions. Students can apply for these positions at the start of fall semester, and typically work for the same organization for a full school year, with the possibility of continuing during summer (depending on available funds, Federal Work-study eligibility, and schedule coordination). Some community work-study partners are Armory Center for the ArtsThe Getty Museum’s Education DepartmentThe HeArt ProjectLACMA’s Education DepartmentreDiscover Center, and Side Street Projects.

Hire an art/design educator from our qualified pool of students and alumni: Paid positions and for credit internships can be posted on the Otis Job Board. Contact the ACT Director or the Center for Creative Professions (Career Services) if you are interested in hiring an ACT student or alumni to teach at your school or organization.

Since 2005 ACT Community Partners have included: