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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.


Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

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2006 Alumni Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Center
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

This survey exhibition highlighted the lasting impact of Los Angeles artists and movements, and demonstrated the seminal influence of Otis, L.A.’s first professional school of art.


Kent Twitchel, 6 LA Artists


"Even before Kerry James Marshall took a drawing class at Otis, Charles White was one of his heroes. The Carver Junior High student had read about White, and was thrilled to learn that the painter taught and had a studio at Otis. When White walked into his classroom, recalls Marshall, “That was it for me.
It was a life-altering experience.” Both Marshall and Otis have come a long way since that day back in the ’60s. Marshall is a 1978 Otis graduate whose own paintings are now in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And today, Otis trains not just painters and sculptors but also toy and fashion designers."

Excerpt of historical essay by Barbara Isenberg (PDF)

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Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Exhibition at Barnsdall Art Center

Video about Alumni public art in Los Angeles (no audio)

THE Magazine on Otis' first 90 years (PDF)

OMAG Volume 1: Nine Decades of Fine Art (PDF)


Exhibiting Alumni
Anders Aldrin
Carlos Almaraz
John Altoon
Stuart Arends
Tetsuji Aono
Anissa Balson
Billy Al Bengston
Sandow Birk
Suzanne Caporael
George Chann
Hideo Date
Alonzo Davis
Alex Donis
Richard Evans
Kim Fisher
Keiko Fukazawa
Gajin Fujita
Diane Gamboa
Camille Rose Garcia
Zhenya Gershman
Roberto Gil de Montes
Lawrence Gipe
Bob Glover
David Grant
Mineko Grimmer
Kevin Hanley
John Hench
Bryan Hunt
Carmine Iannaccone
Edgar Ibarra-Lepe
Robert Irwin
Ulysses Jenkins
Annetta Kapon
Cindy Kolodziejski
Bari Kumar
Leslie Labowitz-Starus
Paul Landacre
Harold Lehman
Barry Le Va
Peter Liashkov
Kerry James Marshall
John Mason
Carlos Mollura
Joseph Mugnaini
Sandeep Mukherjee
Ruben Ochoa
Benji Okubo
Sarah Perry
Richard Pettibone
Ken Price
Tom Recchion
Lucas Reiner
Steve Roden
Leslie Rosdol
Allison Saar
Jacqueline Sage
Oshin Saginian
Porntip Sangvanich
Ruth C. Snyder
Paul Soldner
Coleen Sterritt
Whitney Stolich
Masami Teraoka
Timothy Tompkins
Eloy Torrez
Don Totten
Kent Twitchell
Patssi Valdez
Jeffrey Vallance
Mark Dean Veca
Darren Waterston
Carrie Whitney
Cecily Grossman Willis
Tyrus Wong
Bruce Yonemoto
Liz Young
Norman Zammitt
Peter Zokosky
Milford Zornes