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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.


Robert Creighton

Robert Creighton
Teaches In

Masters, Media Studies - New School University, New York

BFA, Industrial Design – Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island


Robert Creighton specializes in the conceptual development of interactive experiences and the design of educational environments for cultural institutions. His professional experience bringing varied and complex subject matter to life has led to the development and design of wide ranging visitor experiences for museums, aquariums, science centers and corporate clients.

Semiotics and Sustainability inform his design process and provide a framework to address complex design problems and deliver thoughtful solutions. Recent projects include the design of a barrier system for the Huntington Art Gallery and a series of wide ranging interactive experiences for the Nature Gardens and Nature Lab at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

Robert is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America. His films have been shown internationally and he currently resides in Los Angeles. Prior to founding Red Cape Studio, he served as an industrial designer for Thinc Design and O2 Creative solutions.

Clients/Employment History:

California Academy of Sciences
The J. Paul Getty Museum
LA Natural History Museum
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
The Huntington Art Gallery
Orange County Water District
Discovery Cube OC and LA
Nevada State Museum
Catalina Island Marine Institute


Nature Lab • LA Natural History Museum
2015 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)
Museum Exhibition, Limited Budget

AAM Excellence in Exhibition Award 2014 Outstanding Connections Between Design, Content and Community Context

IDSA IDEA Awards - Finalist 2014

SEGD Global Design Awards - Merit Award 2014

Nature Gardens • LA Natural History Museum
Cooper-Hewitt People’s Design Award - Nominee 2013

ASLA Merit Award for Institutional Design 2012

Age of Mammals • LA Natural History Museum
AAM Excellence in Exhibition Award 2011 Special Achievement in Clarity of Message

California Academy of Sciences
Event Design - Gold Winner 2009
Museum Environment • CAS Steinhart Aquarium

IDSA IDEA Awards - Silver Award 2009
Environments • CAS Steinhart Aquarium

AIA Citation Award 2007
Interior Architecture • CAS Transition Facility

Cleveland Botanical Garden Orientation Theater
IDSA IDEA Awards - Silver Award 2004