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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.


Carrie Stewart Appointed VP For Institutional Advancement

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

Carrie Stewart
Carrie Stewart

LOS ANGELES – March 25, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design has appointed Carrie Stewart as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. As a member of the senior administration team, Stewart will provide vision, oversight and direction for the areas of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, Development, and Special Events.

Stewart has an extensive background of more than 23 years in advancement at higher education institutions in California. She began her career at her alma mater, California State University, East Bay, as the first alumni coordinator for the university. She most recently served as Associate Vice President for University Advancement at California State University, Fullerton. During her nearly ten years there, she helped build the advancement division, serving in a variety of key leadership roles including providing oversight and direction for alumni relations, advancement operations, strategic communications, university sponsorships, major events and central development. During this period the university realized unprecedented growth in private support of over 20% a year and more than doubled the size of its endowment.

“Carrie’s outstanding track record is a clear measure of her strategic capacity to achieve goals, and her consummate professionalism,” noted Otis President Samuel Hoi. “We are pleased to welcome Carrie to Otis and look forward to working with her to continue to grow our successes.” In accepting her appointment Stewart said “Otis is well-known for being in the vanguard of innovation in education. The creativity of Otis students and their achievements as alumni are a testament to that fact. I’m delighted to be part of a team that is dedicated to making this extraordinary educational community possible.”

Stewart is a frequently sought-after guest speaker, panelist, and workshop presenter on advancement related topics; volunteers her expertise for many organizations; and has received numerous awards, including ones from the Council for the Advancement in Support of Education, and from California State University. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Stewart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay in Physical Education and Kinesiology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills.


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.