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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 2012

2012 Convocation theme: "The Learning Paradigm." 

President Hoi starts the program by offering Otis updates and a few words about the day, prior to the introduction of our keynote speaker.

Provost - John Tagg

Keynote speaker John Tagg discusses his groundbreaking book, The Learning Paradigm College, that defines a paradigm shift happening in higher education today. This shift places more importance on learning outcomes and less on the quantity of instruction, and emphasizes results more than formal processes. As Tagg explains, the Instruction Paradigm that has dominated higher education for so long attends to courses, while the Learning Paradigm attends to students. For further reading, download John's list of references.


Debra Ballard

Next Otis’ own Chair of Liberal Studies, Debra Ballard, shares thoughts, discoveries, and reflections from her own teaching and program administrative experiences, her extensive reading in the areas of pedagogy and best teaching practices, and her formal training in assessment for higher education.

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The program concludes with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members:  Mark Wyse, Meg Cranston, and Gary Geraths. View Distinguished Educator Award recipient Gary Geraths' award acceptance remarks...


Download the event agenda.