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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.


Annenberg Scholarship Established

Media contact: 
Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 Marc D. Meredith, marcm@otis.edu, (310) 665-6820 

Wallis Annenberg Scholarship Established 12/07

Largest single scholarship award in College’s history

Los Angeles, Calif. (December 18, 2007) – – Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation have awarded $125,000 to Otis College of Art and Design to present one exceptionally artistic and academically outstanding individual with a complete, four-year scholarship to study art and design at Otis.

In Fall 2007, Marc Meredith, Otis’ Dean of Admissions, began working closely with Admissions Counselors to identify outstanding students, and instituted an extensive interview process with potential candidates. The scholarship recipient will be announced in Fall 2008.
The scholarship will be named after Wallis Annenberg. As Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by expanding educational opportunities; supporting arts and cultural institutions; funding cutting edge technology and communications; funding medical research and education; and advancing environmental stewardship. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Wallis is the recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Southern California.

The Wallis Annenberg Scholarship is a significant award, as it allows the College to present a full, four-year scholarship of such great value for the first time in 90 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everybody at Otis,” says Meredith. “Bringing in a student leader has positive and very visible ripple effects. The student challenges others to think, act, and create differently. Most noticeably, the competition elevates and strengthens the quality of everyone’s work.” The Annenberg gift is a major step in the $8 million Otis Scholarship Campaign, a, five-year initiative that will provide merit-and needs-based scholarships to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Few other educational institutions have left such a distinctive mark on Southern California as Otis College of Art and Design. Vital and energetic, Otis’ effect on visual artists and influence on contemporary art movements in Los Angeles cannot be overstated. The Annenberg Scholarship recipient will join Otis alumni and iconic California artists such as John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ken Price who attended Otis in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Alumni from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Bryan Hunt, Barry Le Va, Roberto Gil de Montes, Masamai Teraoka, Bruce Yonemoto and MacArthur Prize-winner Kerry James Marshall set the stage for a host of cutting-edge contemporary artists to explore the landscape of popular culture. Recent graduates such as Alison Saar, Sandow Birk, Gajin Fujita, Patssi Valdez, and Jeffrey Vallance exhibit their cross-cultural work locally, nationally, and internationally, demonstrating both the diversity and impact of the College.


About The Annenberg Foundation
Established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Foundation exists to advance the public wellbeing through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org. 


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.