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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.


Bob Mackie and Macerich’s Santa Monica Place to Receive 2011 Design Awards From Otis College of Art and Design

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

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place
Bob Mackie
Bob Mackie
Art Coppola
Art Coppola

LOS ANGELES - (January 26, 2011) - Otis College of Art and Design announced today the distinguished recipients of its annual art and design awards. Acclaimed costume designer Bob Mackie, a longtime supporter of the Otis fashion design program, will receive the 2011 Otis Design Legend Award. Art Coppola, CEO of Macerich Company will accept the 2011 Otis Creative Vision Award on behalf of Santa Monica Place, the premier shopping and dining destination that incorporates green-building practices into its modern architecture and day-today business.

“Otis and Santa Monica Place resonate in our common belief and action in the creative economy, community engagement, and sustainability. The legendary Bob Mackie has mentored our Otis fashion design students for more than two decades. Otis recognized his incredible talent and successful career by awarding Bob an honorary degree in 2005,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design, when announcing the honorees. “Otis College is thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate both of these deserving style beacons – the designer and the destination!”

The new Santa Monica Place opened in August 2010 and is now a renowned retail center for the West Coast. Distinctive department stores and fashion boutiques such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Nike, BCBGMaxAzria, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Kitson L.A., in addition to chef-driven dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make Santa Monica Place a stylish one-of-a kind experience. The company behind the refreshed property is Santa Monica-based Macerich. Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board and CEO Art Coppola, Macerich is dedicated to a partnership approach to property development. Macerich exemplifies how planning, investment and support can result in a collaborative and successful environment for its business partners, consumers who visit its properties, and members of the surrounding community.

The scope of Bob Mackie's fashion, home furnishings and entertainment career is enormous and continues to expand. Mackie's reputation was built designing for and dressing the most glamorous and charismatic women in the world, including Cher, Tina Turner and most recently - the Grammy Award winning artist Pink. For years, Mackie’s designs have graced the most famous stars in the entertainment industry. And now, his sportswear collections, eyewear, signature fragrance, collectible Barbie® dolls, luggage and home furnishings are available to everyone.

Previous Otis awardees are: Dr. Bijan Pakzad, Chairman and Designer of House of Bijan, Beverly Hills, and Disney and Warner Bros illustrator and Otis alumnus Tyrus Wong (2010), Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Hurley International, and Sally Frame Kasaks, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. (2009), Anne Globe of DreamWorks Animation and Brad Globe of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (2008), Jacque Hall and Paul Fitzpatrick of Macy’s (2007), Joseph Abboud, Cirque du Soleil and Roxy (2006), Mindy Grossman and Peter Kolsky of Nike, Inc. (2005), Roger Williams of Warnaco Swimwear Group and Susan Crank of Lunada Bay Corporation (2004), Tim Kilpin of The Walt Disney Company (2003), Matt Bousquette of Mattel, Richard Baker of Op and Linda Platzner of Primedia (2002), actor/artist Dennis Hopper, sculptor Robert Graham and swimwear designer Anne Cole (2001), Max Azria of BCBG (2000), Bob McKnight of Quiksilver (1999), Todd Oldham and Dan Romanelli of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (1998), and Michael Gould of Bloomingdale’s (1997).

Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place will receive their awards at the 29th annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 7, 2011 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Over 1,000 leaders in entertainment, fashion, business and finance as well as society patrons, press, celebrities, students, alumni and other supporters are expected to attend the gala. The runway show of student designs is considered one of L.A.’s biggest and best annual fashion shows.

The 2011 event co-chairs are Shelley Reid and Adrianne Zarnegin. This annual event is Otis College's largest fundraiser, last year grossing $1 million in scholarships for art and design students. Tickets and additional information are available at http://archive.otis.edu/sbs or by calling (310) 665-6858.

PRESS CONTACT: Sheri Mobley (323) 668-0874; smobley@mobleymarketing.com 


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.