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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.




STEP 1: Campus Check-in & Orientation

Check-in: Attending a Visiting Scholar Orientation/Check-in session is required. All visiting scholars are required to check-in with the Center for International Education upon arrival (no later than 10 days from start date) with visa documents (passport, DS-2019, I-94, J-1 Visa, and evidence of health insurance. A campus tour can also be arranged for you at this time as well.

Orientation: Take a moment to view the J-1 Visa Presentation, click HERE. The presentation will include a review of visa status, visa and travel regulations, an introduction to the campus and community, cultural programs, DMV, SSN and programs for spouses and family. Click here to view Orientation slide show


STEP 2: Self-Service Portal
The Institute of International Education requries that you create an account for the Self-Service Portal, update your U.S. address and to upload your Arrival Documents to your account.

Portal Link: http://mycusthelp.info/IIE

To download PDF instructions for updating your U.S. Address & Uploading Arrival Documents, click HERE

STEP 3: During Program
During a participant’s program in the United States, the Institute of International Education will monitor the program progress by requesting a mid-program evaluation and a Departure Form. This is a chance for both the Participant and the host site to report to the Institute of International Education on the success or concerns of the exchange program. Of course, any questions or concerns that arise during the program may be communicated directly to your IIE Program Officer.


STEP 4: Program Completion
When the program is complete, the Exchange Visitor must submit their Departure Form with their final report and travel information complete to the Institute of International Education. The Departure Form must be signed by the Exchange Visitor’s supervisor (your department sponsor).


Additional Contact with the Institute of International Education
Participants and host sites must immediately notify their IIE Program Officer regarding the following:

  • All international travel to obtain travel validation signature
  • Change of address (home or host site with 10 days)
  • Change of supervisor
  • Any program modifications must receive prior approval from IIE Program Officer