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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 2011

The Convocation theme: "Creativity: Research, Practice, and Application.

Nationally recognized creativity researcher Mark A. Runco discussed phases of creativity and implications for teaching and developing students' talents. Dr. Runco is Senior Scholar for the University of Georgia’s Gifted and Creative Education Program and Torrance Professor of Creativity Studies and Gifted Education at the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. He has been editor of the Creativity Research Journal for 33 years, and served as President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10. 

Renowned advertising, branding, and design leader Will Travis shared insights on creativity as it expands between the realms of design, advertising, and interactive media. Mr. Travis led global agency Dentsu’s North American operation, overseeing full service and media needs of Canon, Toyota, Phillips HDTV, and others, following his years as President of the boutique agency and creative hot shop ATTIK, where he served such clients as Levis, Nike, Kodak, MTV, CNN, Coke, AOL, and Sony.  

And Associate Professor Linda Hudson shared Otis’ Foundation and upper division design course, Creative Practices and Responses, its development, learning prompts and outcomes, and metacognitive underpinnings. A consultant on design projects including space planning, lighting, furniture, and fixture design for commercial and residential interiors, Linda has also enjoyed solo exhibitions at U.C. Berkeley's University Art Museum and Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The program concluded with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members.


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