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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.


Design Symposium Draws International Talent

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310–665–6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

Otis College of Art and Design hosts a vibrant international learning community of students, faculty, and visiting artists for 2013 Design Week
Otis College: MFA GD Design Week Summer 2013
Visiting Artists and Students at Design Week 2013
Visiting Artists and Students at Design Week 2013

LOS ANGELES — June 26, 2013 — Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Graphic Design Program hosted its 3rd annual design symposium, Work and Play: Variations in Design Practice on June 15, 2013. A core component of Otis’ MFA Program, the symposium, in conjunction with Design Week, introduces students to the international design community with a series of workshops and lectures led by outstanding practitioners carefully curated from around the world. This year, designers came from the Netherlands, England, France, and Mexico.

“The power that the faculty and visiting artists hold in shaping the development of student’s lives cannot be under estimated,” said Kali Nikitas, Founding Chair of MFA Graphic Design at Otis. “Visiting artists expand the minds of the students, faculty are inspired by the practice of these visitors, and students from Otis and peer institutions build meaningful relationships that live on in their personal and professional lives.”

Design Week began with each visiting artist presenting a creative brief to Otis MFA Graphic Design candidates, and students from art colleges in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Los Angeles. Teams of students, faculty, and artists participated in workshops throughout the week to realize the outcomes of the creative briefs. The week culminated with a final critique and symposium, Work and Play, providing a venue for the international visiting artists to present their studio philosophy, projects, inspirations, successes, and challenges. Design Week offers students a unique opportunity to collaborate with peers and successful designers from around the world, sharing their working methods in an intimate collegial setting.

Support for the symposium and Design Week came from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.

2013 “Work and Play” visiting designers included:


PINAR + VIOLA (Amsterdam, NL)


ERIK De HAAS (Eindhoven, NL)

ALEJANDRO QUINTO (Mexico City, Mexico)

TEAM Thursday (Rotterdam, NL)

RAW COLOR (Eindhoven, NL)


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.