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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.


Dr. Kerry Walk Appointed as Provost

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

Dr. Kerry Walk Appointed as Provost and Randall Lavender Appointed as Vice Provost At Otis College of Art and Design
Kerry Walk
Kerry Walk
Randall Lavendar
Randall Lavendar

Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2010) – Otis College of Art and Design has appointed Dr. Kerry Walk as Provost. She will join the College on May 2, 2011. According to President Samuel Hoi, “Kerry is a higher education thinker, administrator and innovator who brings to Otis an extraordinary richness of teaching, curricular building, and strategic planning expertise. She will contribute mightily to Otis’ forward-looking programs and teaching and learning practices.”

Dr. Walk currently serves as Associate Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College, a member of The Claremont Colleges. There, she leads academic program review, educational assessment, accreditation, and other initiatives related to academic affairs. Prior to Pitzer, she served for eight years as Director of Princeton University’s innovative interdisciplinary Princeton Writing Program - one of the largest and most educationally integrative academic units at the University. Before her Princeton appointment, she spent eight years as a faculty member and administrator at Harvard University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Berkeley, with a dual emphasis on Shakespearean drama and Victorian literature. Her scholarship since then has focused primarily on student writing development and best practices in writing pedagogy. An award-winning teacher, she has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the college classroom and has spoken around the country on teaching and learning.

In accepting her appointment, Dr. Walk said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Sammy Hoi and his leadership team at Otis. My conversations with Otis faculty, staff, and students have given me a deep appreciation of the College’s commitment to educating the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. This is an exciting time at Otis, and I feel very honored to be a part of it.”

President Hoi also announced the appointment of Randall Lavender as Vice Provost. Professor Lavender currently serves as Interim Provost Team Co-Chair at Otis, and will continue in that role through the 2010-2011 academic year. His Vice Provost duties begin on July 1, 2011. He joined the Otis faculty in 1983, and has served as Assistant, then Associate Chair of Foundation for twelve years. An adept and collaborative administrator, he is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist, and has published numerous essays and articles on art and design in higher education in leading academic journals. His superb performance as Interim Provost Team Co-Chair has earned him the admiration and support of the Otis campus community. “Randy is uniquely suited for this critical academic leadership position because of his dedication to and in-depth knowledge of Otis, his research in cognitively-informed art education, and his professional accomplishments in painting and sculpture.”

In accepting his appointment, Professor Lavender said, “I am very pleased to join Dr. Walk in the Provost’s Office next year, and look forward to working in a new capacity within a community that I value highly and with colleagues whom I respect and admire.”

President Hoi concluded, “Kerry and Randy form a dream team for Otis as the College positions its educational services and impact for the 21st century. They provide an excellent combination of insider/outsider perspectives, and are jointly committed to shaping an imaginative generalist/specialist educational approach to best prepare our students for the future.”

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200+ full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.



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.