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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.


Costume Design

The Costume Design emphasis track prepares Fashion Design majors for the ever-changing entertainment industry. Located in the heart of film and television, the program engages critically-acclaimed costume design professionals and leading costume houses to guide students in the process of producing original designs and dynamic illustrations, combining traditional and digital methods, for their portfolios.

Recent Costume Design mentors include: Cirque du Soleil, Bob Mackie, Betsy Heimann, Western Costume, and Disney.

Otis Fashion - Costume Design Emphasis

Senior student, JieQi Ren, under 2012 Senior mentor, Cirque du Soleil. Direction: Create a collection inspired by the elements.


Story-driven ideas are at the core of our costume curriculum with a focus on new directions in character development for film, television, live performance, concept art, and video.  Building off a rigorous process of developing and editing ideas that address specific design challenges, spectacular works inspired by historical and cultural influences, story structure, and character development are conceived and constructed through traditional and cutting-edge methods.   Students emerge from the Costume Design program as relevant, creative professionals prepared for the future direction of this exciting field.

Students who are interested in majoring in Fashion Design with an emphasis in Costume Design should refer to the Addendum to the 2014-15 Hoot/Course Catalog, posted at http://www.otis.edu/the-hoot and available in the Fashion Design office. Please refer back to this page for updates.