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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.


Nekeya Billingslea: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


Instructor's Journal for the OtisStar Blog


The first thing I did for this project was familiarize myself with Blogger. Although I had visited blog sites and considered myself relatively knowledgeable of the technology, I felt I needed a little more information to actually create one. So, at the suggestion of Kathlen Forrest, I signed up for the Lynda.com tutorial. It was great. What it helped me do was plan and organize the blog site while trouble-shooting at the same time. Also, I continued to visit blog sites to get ideas for what I could possibly do. I especially decided to focus on sites created by artists and sites for artists.

I already had an idea of the kinds of prompts and discussions I wanted us to have. One early morning, at 3 a.m., I woke up and all of the questions I wanted to ask the class came to me. Actually, that was the most stressful part of this project. In my opionion, it doesn't matter how fancy or visually attractive a site is; if it doesn't have meaningful content, especially for a class, then it still doesn't mean much.

Week 1:

Creating the site was a virtual breeze (pun intended.) Everything is up and running. I put images up and it is looking quite neat. After I posted the first prompt, their responses trickled and surprised me pleasantly. This thing began to take on a life of its own. In the layout of the site, I didn't have a prompt section. The prompt was embedded in my initial post. So, after a few responese, the prompt was lost. What happened is that students began posting responses to each other's posts. The prompt was entirely lost. For a few seconds I was irritiated --- I think more at myself that at the students or the unexpected turn of events. Why didn't I foresee that? Then I began to really appreciate the life that the discussion took on of its own accord. It reminded me that I am only a faciliatator and catalyst of sorts. I was pleased to discover that my role is secondary and that this site is all about the students' discussion and exploration of ideas.

--Nekeya Billingslea
Liberal Arts and Sciences

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