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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.


Jason Burton

Jason Burton
Assistant Professor

BFA Environmental Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Undergraduate Architectural Studies, SCI-Arch, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles

Undergraduate Studies, Graphic Design & Illustration, Palomar College


Jason Burton is an Environmental Designer and Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design teaching 2D and 3D design in the Product Design and Foundation Departments.  His art and design work expresses a strong commitment to the environment how it informs the fundamental and unifying principals of design.  His wide range of experience in different fields of design and teaching has shaped a more multidisciplinary approach to his work.  His education began in graphic design and illustration at Palomar College to studying architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture to receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Environmental Arts at Otis College. His art, sculpture and furniture designs have been featured in various publications, most notably Architectural Digest.  He has been a designer for R&D Architects in Venice California since 2003 and is the Founder of JB Studio offering custom design / build services for objects ranging from tabletop to the scale of large furniture and environments.

Clients/Employment History

2003 – 2013   Designer, R & D Architects; Venice, CA
2002 - Present Designer, JB studio; Long Beach, CA


2014 Teaching Excellence Award

Otis Faculty Development Grants: Spring 2009, Fall 2014