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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.


Faculty Development

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Otis is committed to supporting faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching effectiveness, professional activities, and collegiality. Faculty Development opportunities include Grants, Workshops, Pedagogical Support, and Sabbatical Leaves.  

The Faculty Development Committee of the Academic Assembly provides leadership in supporting the development, selecting and prioritizing of several grant initiatives and applications for Sabbatical Leaves

Faculty Development Grants reimburse recipients for approved expenses associated with proposed professional development projects.

To support teaching excellence and assessment practices, Otis now offers Faculty Research Grants through the OARS Initiative.

Otis Assessment Research & Scholarship Initiative (OARS) - See more at: http://www.otis.edu/oars-initiative-grants#sthash.ZIABGITQ.dpuf
Faculty Research Grants in Support of Teaching Excellence and Assessment Practices - See more at: http://www.otis.edu/oars-initiative-grants#sthash.ZIABGITQ.dpuf

Pedagogical/Classroom Support in the form of one-on-one consultations with on-campus support staff are also available through the Teaching Learning Center (TLC).

Software Upgrade Grants and Technology Discounts are offered in support of faculty needs for software and hardware.

Curricular Innovation Grants for Blended and Online Learning Development are also available.

The Otis College YouTube channel for Faculty Development and Best Practices has useful videos for faculty.

Video Tutorials by Faculty for Faculty allow colleagues to learn from one another about themes and topics germane to all who teach our students. [Access limited to Faculty]