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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.


Library and Its Collections

Student browsing in the stacks

A collection of 45,000 books is focused primarily in broad areas of art and design, with an emphasis on a diversity of cultural practices, art history, and contemporary art and artists. Exhibition catalogs are integrated into the circulating collection. We have an additional 110,000 e-books, a broad collection tailored towards undergraduates in all fields.

There are more than 5,000 videos/DVDs which circulate.

Currently the library subscribes to 150 periodicals and maintains bound issues of scores of titles going back to the 1940s.

The Library also subscribes to several online databases which include the full text of thousands of additional periodicals as well as e-books and images.

Among the holdings are a special collection of 3,000 artists' books which include works by important contemporary artists such as Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Vito Acconci.

Image collections are handled within the Visual Resources Center. In 2001, the OtisDID (Digital Image Database) presentation software was installed and is now in use by most art history professors. The art history image bank to support teaching now numbers 30,000 images.

The Library also maintains the Otis Collections Online, a web database of digital images by, for and about the Otis Community, which includes the Otis Archives and images of the Artists' Books Collections, as well as student and faculty work.

The Otis curriculum supports an Information Literacy requirement. Faculty collaborate with the Library to implement research components in specific courses, the sum total of which assures that students demonstrate competency in the location and evaluation of information resources. The Library maintains this website with interactive tutorials and pathfinders for the purpose of teaching information literacy. It also serves as a gateway to resources for students and faculty. Otis librarians conduct tours, speak to classes, and teach students one-on-one.