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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.


Clay In LA: A Ceramics Symposium

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

Clay in LA

Otis College of Art and Design presents Clay in LA: A Ceramics Symposium, an exploration of the remarkable history and vibrant state of contemporary ceramics in Los Angeles today. This free event includes a panel discussion, demonstrations, and an artist and curator-lead tour of the exhibition Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green currently on view at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery through March 19, 2011.

Panelists include: Jo Lauria (MFA ’90), Curator and Art/Design Historian; Ruby Neri (2010-2011 Boardman Artist in Residence), Artist; Adrian Saxe, Artist, Professor of Ceramics, UCLA Department of Art; Peter Shire, Artist; and Adam Silverman (2010-2011 Boardman Artist in Residence), Artist and Studio Director, Heath Ceramics.

Demonstrations by: Robert Miller (‘90), Artist; Kevin A. Myers (MFA ’93), Artist and Founder, Muddy’s Studios; and Adam Silverman.

There will be a walk-through of Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green with exhibition co-curator Jo Lauria and Phyllis Green; tours of the ceramics studio with Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design; and Rapid Prototyping demonstrations with Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design Department, Otis College and Art and Design. Films screened throughout the day include the documentary Art is What I Do: The Life of Ralph Bacerra (producer/director Jo Lauria).

Clay in LA is made possible by The Boardman Family Foundation; organized by Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department, Product Design Department, and Ben Maltz Gallery; special thanks to Joan Takayama-Ogawa.

Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Otis College of Art and Design,9
045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.F

ree admission and parking. Registration required; please call 310 665-6909 or visit www.otis.edu/clayinla to reserve a space. Seating is first come, first served. For further information contact: galleryinfo@otis.edu. Lunch available for purchase onsite from Green Truck.


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.