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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.


Convocation 2010

Our annual Faculty Convocation will convene the morning of Thursday, August 26th. This special event is designed to welcome all returning and new faculty to campus, to provide updates on major developments at Otis over the summer, and to offer a compelling presentation program to start the academic year.

Our Convocation theme will be "Teaching to Sustainable Practices in Art and Design." Keynote Speaker, Nathan Shedroff, is the author of numerous books on sustainable art/design practices and their place in education, includingDesign is the Problem: The Future of Design must be Sustainable, and he is Chair of the graduate program in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts.

Independent curator Patricia Watts will share with us some unusual and influential artists working in an environmentally-conscious way, and some interesting tie-ins between our theme and her work with Gallery Director Meg Linton on the upcoming Make-Craft exhibition in Ben Maltz Gallery.

And Rosemary Brantley, Chair of Fashion Design, will share how Otis’ Fashion Design program has embedded the teaching of sustainable practices in its curriculum, and discuss the value of sustainable design in the professional design world that Fashion graduates enter.

The Convocation will conclude with our inaugural Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members. Finally, lunch will be served to all participants from 12:15 to 1:15pm in the Galef Lobby and surrounding outdoor areas.

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