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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.


Another LA is Possible

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Another L.A. Is Possible
Another L.A. Is Possible Design by Manjulika Designs

Los Angeles Developer Funds Unique Public Art Project In New Residential and Retail Property
Otis College of Art and Design in cooperation with Decron Properties Presents Another LA is Possible in Playa del Rey

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2, 2009) - Los Angeles residents in the LAX and beach cities environs will have the opportunity to experience - while shopping, dining, working, studying and even at home – an art exhibition that re-envisions the very city they live in. Another LA is Possible, a temporary, two-part exhibition, will open this November in the new mixed-use development, Playa del Oro, at Lincoln Blvd and Manchester in Playa del Rey. The public art project, funded by Decron Properties, was conceived and implemented by students and faculty of the Fine Art Department at Otis College of Art and Design. (This project is part of the arts development fee program administrated by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.)

The exhibition of sculpture, drawings, film and photography, as well as art events, will be installed in and around glass-front cabinets that are part of Playa del Oro’s original architecture. Playa del Oro is the first multi-use property in a commercial zone permitted by the city of Los Angeles in the Westchester/Playa del Rey neighborhood. Built in 2009 at the gateway to Playa del Rey, the upscale center is a multi-family residential, retail and restaurant development, one mile from the beach and two blocks from the main campus of Otis College of Art and Design. “Playa del Oro is ultimately a neighborhood center, where we’ve strategically picked the retail shops and restaurants, such as Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to suit this particular community,” said David J. Nagel, ceo and president of Decron Properties. “Otis College, which anchors Loyola Village, is an important neighbor, so we chose to support the art and design school by showcasing student and faculty artwork along Playa del Oro’s pedestrian walkways.”

Another LA is Possible will be exhibited in two parts – “a call and then a response”, says artist and Otis faculty member Robby Herbst, who is curating this project. Part 1 features the work of LA-based artists, architects and urbanists whose work re-imagines another way that Angelenos can live together. Part 2 presents the work of Otis Fine Art students who are responding to the vision and approaches of the first show.

More Information: Press Release (PDF)

Media inquiries, please contact Sheri Mobley


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.