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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.


Grading in O-Space

Step-By-Step Instructions for Using the O-Space CMS Gradebook

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Go to O-Space.

Log into O-Space

  • Select current course under gray heading "My Courses"
  • Select "Posts" Tab

​Note: The CMS gradbeook is populated by adding posts

  • Select "New Post"
  • Select "Categories" (gray button)
  • Scroll down to Step 3 Who can reply ot this?
  • Check the box next to "Yes, this is gradable, add to gradebook"
  • Check the box next to "I want students to view their own grades" 
  • Enter "Maximum Points" task is worth
  • Enter "Relative Weight" (how many percentage points is the task worth out of a 100%)

Note: Must be at least 1%

  • Select Back
  • Enter a post title
  • Enter body text
  • Select Save
  • Select "Settings" tab
  • Select "Gradebook" on left gray menu (toward the middle)
  • You will see your gradebook automatically populated with registered students
  • Enter a score for students

Note: Avoid letter grades. An F for example is 0-59%. If you enter F it will be calculated at 33%. This can mess up your calculations. Enter the actual score.

  • Select Save when finished.

Note: If using the gradebook to also calculate your student's grades, make sure you adjust the grade settings. You can also use the gradebook for tracking completed assignments instead, for example creating your own value system (0=not completed, 1=complete). Students will be able to see what they have completed or not.