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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.



E-portfolios are a feature of O-Space (online learning management system) and are currently in active use by many students and faculty on the Otis Campus. To date, O-Space contains over 1,000 e-portfolios. These e-portfolios have been self-initiated, assigned in classes, used as professional e-portfolios, and/or are required as part of a particular program.
The use of e-portfolios for the purposes of creating a Learning ePortfolio was beta-tested in select courses in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2008-09, and was launched as an initiative in 2009-10 for all incoming foundation students in their Liberal Arts and Sciences courses.
Currently, Otis is in the process of college-wide implementation of Learning ePortfolios across all departments, including studio and major areas as well as co-curricular activities.

e-Portfolio/Learning e-Portfolio Timeline

  • 2006-07, ePortfolios were available as part of O-Space, and beta-tested with Artists, Community, and Teaching (A.C.T.) courses.
  • 2008-09, Liberal Arts and Sciences beta tested the use of Learning ePortfolios in select courses: the first year Honors Art History course, and two senior Capstone beta courses.
  • March 2009, Admissions offered ePortfolios as an option for portfolio submissions.
  • 2009-10, Learning ePortfolios are a requirement in Liberal Arts and Sciences starting with the first year courses. Foundation and Product Design programs are beta-testing the use of a learning eportfolios in select studio courses.
  • 2010-11, Learning ePortfolios are a required element in all Foundation and Sophomore Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Students in their studio majors, use their Learning ePortfolio in an least one course.
  • 2011-12, Learning ePortfolios are a required element in all Foundation, Sophomore and Junior Liberal Arts and Sciences courses. Capstone courses are required for all Seniors in which the Learning ePortfolio platform is used.
  • 2012-13, Learning ePortfolios are a required element in all Liberal Arts and Sciences courses as well as posting of Signature Assignment.
  • 2013-14, use of Learning ePortfolios continues in courses.
  • 2014-15, Academic Departments begin using Learning ePortfolios as part of assessment.