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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.


Past Scholarship Benefit Mentors


Amé Austin ('95) for Max Studio
Christina Kim for Dosa 
Rod Beattie ('86) for Bleu
Mattel Barbie
David Meister
Isabel and Ruben Toledo
Under Armour
Robert Tuggle ('87) for Eddie Bauer
Johnny Was
Todd Oldham
Western Costume


Mary Jo Bruno
EleVen by Venus Williams
Marie Mazelis for Halston with Humane Society
Bob Mackie
Claire Pettibone (‘89)
Heather Brown (‘04) for Urban Outfitters
Cynthia Vincent (‘88)
Betsy Heimann for Western Costume
Christopher Wicks


Michael Maccari of Armani Exchange
Bleu/Rod Beattie (’86)
Dominique Lemieux for Cirque du Soleil
David Meister
MaxStudio/Amé Austin Max (’95)
Liliana Casabal of Morgane Le Fay
Scott Williams (’90) for NIKE
Red Carter (’92)
Karen Stewart of Stewart + Brown
Todd Oldham


Bleu/Rod Beattie (‘86)
Bob Mackie
Cynthia Rowley
Hurley and NIKE
Juicy Couture
Kaufman Franco
Max Studio
Old Navy
Sean Jean


Michael Maccari for Armani Exchange
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
John Cherpas for Hurley
Todd Oldham
Isabel and Ruben Toledo with Patagonia
Robin Piccone with JonMikel
Rodriguez for O’Neill
Lilly Pulitzer
Robert Rodriguez
Koi Suwannagate
Tadashi Shoji for Tadashi
Trina Turk with Lycra


Natalie Chanin for Alabama Chanin
Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders
Mark Badgley and James Mischka of Badgley Mischka
Monique Lhuillier
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Fawn Arthur for Ed Hardy Swimwear
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
Todd Oldham
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
David Meister
Robert Comstock
Robin Piccone Swimwear
Todd Oldham
Rod Beattie for La Blanca


Johnson Hartig of Libertine
John Varvatos for Converse
Monique Lhuillier
Trina Turk
Leon Max
Ivy Ross for Disney Store
Abercrombie & Fitch
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
L. Koplin/J. Rodolfo for Tommy Bahama
Marcus Brown for Nordstrom
Roger Wyett/Todd Van Horne/Devon Burt for Nike
Melanie Owen for Roxy


Armani Exchange
Project Alabama
Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein
Behnaz Sarafpour
Bob Mackie
Red Carter
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Julie Ann Silverman for Betsy Johnson
Christopher Enuke
Wanda Weller for Patagonia
Juicy Couture


Abercrombie & Fitch
Dominique Lemieux for Cirque Du Soleil
Isabel Toledo
Andrew Dibben for James Perse
John Varvatos
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Lloyd Klein
Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay
Nicole Miller
Barbara Sumner/Scott Williams for NIKE
Gareth Morris/Kathy Kalligas for PacSun
Doreen Brennan for Speedo-Axcelerate
Trina Turk
Summer Rapp for Volcom
Yeohlee Teng for Yeohlee


Banana Republic
Rebecca Virture for Becca Swimwear
Bob Mackie
David Cardona
David Meister
Eduardo Lucero
Jade Howe for Howe
John Varvatos
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Michelle Mason
Sheri Bodell
North Face
Vera Wang


Cassidy Park for Mattel Barbie
Patricia Marquis for Cosabella
David Meister
Disney Consumer Prod (John Fiscella)
Tanya Sarne for Ghost
Henry Duarte
Isabel Toledo w/Victoria Vesna of UCLA
Rod Beattie for La Blanca
Michelle Mason
Rebecca Kaufman for Nike Goddess
Nat Norfleet for Ocean Pacific (OP)
Rozae Nichols
Sean John (Scott Langton)
Target (Michael Alexin)
Summer Rapp/Derrik Sabori, Volcom