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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.


Creative Action


This signature program offers project-based courses that match multidisciplinary teams of students with local and international community partners. Creative Action courses will introduce you to pressing environmental and social issues through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Through research, leadership, and collaboration, you will focus your creativity on real-world problems. These skills are essential to your career as an artist or designer.


Recent Community Partners

African American Museum

Breathe LA

City of El Segundo

CSPG (Center for the Study of Political Graphics

Custom Hotel

Da Vinci Design School

FilmAid International

Global Green International

Hape Toys

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Homeboys Industries


LA Cultural Affairs Department

La Tijera Elementary (Installing outcomes)

LAX Airport

Loyola Village Elementary

Loyola/LA planning group and Bill Rosendahl’s office

Museum of Tolerance

Otis Alumni Relation Office

Richard Riordan Center Library

Santa Monica Aquarium

Solano Community Garden

Surfrider Foundation: Rise Above Plastics

The Republic of Palau

Urban Compass

Westchester Senior Center

Westside Leadership Magnet School



Through collaborative projects, students learn to:

  • Use trans-disciplinary problem-solving skills, working as a team to conceptualize, analyze and define issues and solutions
  • Negotiate diverse public spheres
  • Plan and propose creative solutions for a specific context, informed by engagement with a community group, and when possible, implement projects
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams

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