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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.


Keith Downey: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


Collaboration between the composer/pianist Timothy Johnson, Otis alumni Aaron Weldon and myself. The music is from Mr. Johnson's new album "A Guild to Misinterpreting the Past.”

From the outset, one of the main goals of this project has been to find a pragmatic methodology that would be first and foremost effective but also one that would be comprised of tools that are available to all students at Otis. With this in mind, we began with preliminary lens tests. We limited ourselves to Nikon and Canon still lenses (with a few exceptions, i.e., a lensbaby and the Tokina 11mm-16mm.) Our tests favored the older manual Nikon Nikkor lenses. Not only for their sharpness and color rendering but also for their practical mechanical build. We began the project using the RED Canon Lens Mount, coupled with inexpressive adapters that allow us to shoot with the Nikon lenses. Over the course of the project we purchased a Optitek Nikon ProLock Mount. This allowed us to bypass the adapters and mount the lenses directly onto our camera. It should be noted that we did not see any visual lost in the footage while using the adapters.

--Keith Downey
Associate Professsor, Digital Media

Read Final Report [PDF]