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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.


Continuing Education Course

SEM: 43

Autobiography, Memoir, or Fiction

From personal life experiences, students uncover material for an autobiographical memoir or piece of fiction. Like contemporary art, which breaks down the boundaries between art and life, this writing course allows students to move between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction. From readings and workshop discussions students generate ideas and learn the craft of writing. Course explores the letter, the personal essay, and philosophy; mining raw material, life experiences, and memory; the art of short fiction. Also covers transforming raw material; writing about family and friends; truth and integrity; inventing and re-inventing from memory; maintaining perspective; point of view; hybrid forms; rendering characters: creating dossiers; listening to dialogue; voice: yours strengthened; description: sensory detail and other strategies; research, information, and publishing questions. This dynamic course focuses on finding each individual's story and voice. Finished works may be a personal essay, a short story, a novella or chapters of a memoir or novel.

Prerequisite: None

First class materials: Note-taking materials

Course Details
Course Code: XWRT6408
Meetings: 10
Credit Hours: 1
Section 1 Writing
Instructor: Martha Fuller
Meeting Day(s): Tuesday
Meeting Time(s): 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Meeting Date(s): February 02, 2016  -  April 12, 2016
No Meeting/Special Note: No mtg: 3/22/16
Class Size: 16
Meeting Room:
Location: Skirball Cultural Center
Credit: Reg #: Fee:
Non-Credit 15427 $435 Add to Cart
Certificate 15428 $475 Add to Cart
Credit 15429 $1320 Add to Cart
16 of 16 seats available (last 2 seats are not available online)
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