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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.


Immunization Information

Effective Fall 2010, the following Immunizations are required for all newly enrolled students attending Otis.  All forms (Immunization Record Form and/or Exemption Affidavit Form) must be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the first date of class.

Immunization Instructions

Required Immunizations

M.M.R. (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) - Two doses at least one month apart are required if you were born after 1956.

TB Screening / Test (Mantoux only - Tine not accepted)

The Immunization Record Form must be completed by a health care provider and submitted before the first date of class.

Exemption Affidavit for the M.M.R. vaccination

Student may fill out an Exemption Affidavit regarding immunizations if one or more of the following categories apply:

1. Students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the requirement. 
(Persons born before January 1, 1957 are considered immune from Measles, Mumps and Rubella.)


2. If the student is pregnant (temporary exemption), a signed statement from a physician stating that the student is pregnant or is suspected of being pregnant is required.  Pregnancy exemptions are only applicable to MMR requirements. (Physician’s statement required)

3. If the student is medically contraindicated, a signed statement from a physician is required. (Physician’s statement required)

4. For a Religious exemption, a written, signed, and dated statement from the church, student or the student’s guardian, if the student is a minor, documenting the student's objection based on the religious tenets or practice of a recognized church or religious organization of which the student is an adherent or member is required.

5. For a Philosophical exemption, a statement of personal beliefs which prohibit immunization must be provided.

Exemption Affidavit Form

Recommended Immunizations (Not Mandatory)

Otis College of Art and Design recommends for your personal health that you are immunized for:

Meningitis (Meningococcal) - If you plan on living in Otis student housing
Hepatitis B (3 total)
Hepatitis A (2 total)
Tetanus/Diptheria (Recommended every 10 years)
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
Varicella (Chicken Pox) (Students with no reliable clinical history of Varicella infection)


All questions regarding your health should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs at (310) 665-6960 or  e-mail student@otis.edu