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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.


Faculty Help

General Questions

Do I need to create my own Learning ePortfolio?

No. The students will be responsible for creating their own Learning ePortfolios. However, it is encouraged to create your own to be somewhat familiar with the e-portfolio process.

What are the benefits of the Learning e-Portfolios?

Go to benefits and uses for a complete breakdown.

What do students need to start their Learning e-Portfolio?

Students will first need their unique username and password assigned in order to access O-Space. This is the same username and password used to log into Otis email.

If you do not have your username and password, students can go to Academic Computing, located on the fourth floor of the Ahamanson Building to collect that information. They will not give out usernames and passwords over the phone – only in person with a photo ID.

For faculty and staff, use the Password Manager. If that does not work, contact the Information Systems Help Desk.

How do I create a Learning e-Portfolio?

Go here for step-by-step instructions.

Who can see the student's Learning e-Portfolio?

The student determines who can view their Learning ePortfolio. See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information. Students are advised to set the permission setting to Otis Community.

How do I access my student Learning e-Portfolios?

Learning ePortfolios are open only to the Otis Community so for a start you will need to log in to O-Space. There are several options to access student Learning Portfolios, please see below:

  1. Students Email the Direct HTTP Link > You can create a Discussion thread in your O-Space course and ask to stduenst to reply, passing the direct HTTP link to your course page within the Learning ePortfolio. You can also ask them to send this link in an email to your Otis address. Note: We reccomend this option as it is the most direct and will save time on navigating through various web pages.
  2. Use the "People" Tab in Your O-Space Course > When you access your O-Space course, the People tab shows a list of all your students with their student ID photographs. Under the student's name is a link to their Learning ePortfolios. This link will guide you to the eportfolio directory where the Learning ePortfolio will appear as a search result. You can then enter the Learning ePortfolio by selecting that link and navigate to the desired page.
  3. By Person ePortfolio Directory Search > When you log in to O-Space, at the veyr top is a bold menu item called e-Portfolios. When you select this link, you will navigate to the search directory. Select the "By Person" tab and conduct a search using the student's name to find their Learning Portfolio.
  4. People Menu Link > When you log into O-Space, at the very top of the webpage is a bold link called "People". This link directs you to a list of all the users for all your courses. Select your current class from the drop down menu. The list will sort to only show students registered in that course. When you select the student's name, a window appears listing their Learning ePortfolios for you to select.

What is the "Submission" tab in my O-Space course?

The new submission feature in your O-Space course will allow departments to collect work from your class for archiving and assessment. Please go here for further support.

How to students submit their Learning e-Portfolios?

Please go here for the step-by-step guide.

How do I automatically add students in my O-Space course to my course e-Portfolio? 

You can share e-portfolios using the Course > Portfolios tab in O-Space. Based on the course's user access, you can add students (and faculty) as a group. See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information.


Technical Questions


How do I update or make changes to my Learning e-Portfolio?

See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information.

What happens to the Learning ePortfolio after students graduate?

The Learning ePortfolio will remain active as part of O-Space after students graduate from Otis.

How much space do students have on their Learning e-Portfolio?

The only size limit for the Learning Portfolio is the 12 MB file size for uploaded media. Images that are smaller, though, are preferred since they will load much more quickly.

How do I edit text and add pictures/graphics?

See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information.

If my images are too large, how do I resize them?

Use an image processing program, such as Photoshop, and save the image as a JPG. The maximum file size is 12 MB, though smaller files will load much more quickly. Images that are wider than 500 px will be automatically resized when uploaded via the Image/Video/Audio module.

How do I add links or embed video into my Learning e-Portfolio?

See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information.



Training and Support Questions

Are there training sessions to help me with launching Learning e-Portfolios in my class?

Students will create their own Learning ePortfolios during the Summer Orientation/Registration process. If a student does not have a Learning ePortfolio, they can create one. See the step-by-step instructions for more specific information.

To request an in-class presentation, please go here to schedule a day and time.

Where can students work on their Learning e-Portfolio?

Since your Learning ePortfolio is web-based, you can access it from any networked computer. You can access O-Space from home or on any of the available computer labs at Otis in addition to the computers in the Library and SRC.

If faculty are working in the TLC on ePortfolios, the TLC staff can assist if you have questions.

Questions not covered?

If you still have questions that are not addressed above, please contact Jean-Marie Venturini at tlc(at)otis.edu.