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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.


First Year Curriculum

As a Foundation student at Otis College of Art and Design, you are encouraged to explore all facets of the creative world and develop critical skills through a variety of Liberal Studies and Studio courses.

Art History

AHCS 120 Introduction to Visual Culture:
This course introduces issues and theories that are critical to the field of Visual Culture and representation in art and design. Students will investigate various historical and contemporary representational practices that societies have developed to define, maintain, and institutionalize different categories of visual culture and producers. The course will introduce art historical and critical methodologies, emphasize the importance of cultural diversity in defining and understanding visual culture, teach students how to research information through a variety of library and electronic sources, and reinforce critical reading, thinking, writing and collaboration skills.

AHCS 121 Birth of the Modern:
This course addresses a variety of key issues, problems, and events in art, history, music, literature, science, and design associated with and resulting from the social and cultural changes occurring in the modern world. Students will investigate the relationship of the modern situation to different ways of visual representation, to the cultural interaction of modern cultures with traditional cultures, and with the post-modern criticism of modern ideas and positions.


ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age:
The digital environment is transforming reading and writing, giving writers the opportunity to "write" in a wide variety of media. Students will explore the ongoing cultural, technological and social changes that impact our ways of reading and writing, and what does it mean to be literate in the digital world.

LIBS 114 Ways of Knowing:
An interdisciplinary theme/issue driven project based course where first year students look at how knowledge is created in different disciplines and contexts through the foundational skills of inquiry, investigation, and discovery. This course will be paired with another course in a different discipline that is exploring a similar issue/theme.