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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.


Audio + Video Lab

Students from a variety of disciplines learn the language of video and sound, and gain a respect for past and current technologies. Encouraged to experiment with many different mediums, they learn the philosophy behind the production: from lighting, filming, and green screen techniques to non-linear editing, sound design/composition and projection. Facility includes high-end video and film cameras w/ accessories, professional lighting kits, green screen studio/stage, audio booth & control room, Video Editing Lab and even a screening room to critique your final projects.


Contact: (310) 665-6972

Equipment available for check out: (See checkout policies below)

Video Cameras

  • miniDV
  • High 8
  • VHS (e.g. Panasonic DVX100's, Canon XL1's & GL2's)

Audio Equipment

  • MiniDisc
  • DAT
  • Analogue Recorders with a wide variety of quality microphones & preamps

Film Equipment

  • Super8 cameras/accessories
  • 1 Arriflex 16mm camera/accessories

Extras: tripods, glidecam, lighting kits, high-end LCD projectors

The Video Lab also provides mobile multimedia stations for presentations, with computers, projectors, and all the latest software and wireless connectivity.

Computer Checkout Policy (PDF)
Video Equipment Checkout Policy (PDF)