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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.


Invista Sponsors Student Swimwear Design Project

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

Students Get Lessons in Working with Xtra Life LYCRA® Fiber Best Swimwear Designs Presented on the Runway May 8 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2010 – Fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches on a collection of swimsuits they created with the support of INVISTA, makers of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. INVISTA provided sponsorship dollars, fabric and education on the benefits of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber to college students in the fashion design program at Otis. Eighteen juniors - working under the direction of professional designer and student mentor Trina Turk - have each created a contemporary swimsuit and coordinating cover-up, using fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. The best of these swimwear looks will debut on the runway at the Otis 2010 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Andrea Matousek, Swimwear Marketing Manager North America at INVISTA Apparel, spearheaded this sponsorship project. “Many of the swimwear industry’s top designers are graduates of the fashion design program at Otis. So it made perfect sense for INVISTA to help with the education and training of the next generation of swimwear designers.” Matousek, who participated with Turk in the student design process from design direction, research, sketch selection, and fabric fittings to construction of a final garment, also brought important resources to the college. INVISTA Scientist Andy Blab presented two comprehensive lectures to Otis students and faculty on the benefits and technical demands for incorporating stretch fabrics in garment design. And swimwear textile manufacturer Texollini provided fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber for the student designs. On April 8, executives from INVISTA will serve on the fashion design jury that determines which Otis student designs will be featured in the annual fashion show.

“When industry heavyweights like INVISTA invest time and resources in the education of young designers, they are insuring the future of fashion,” says Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis Fashion Design. “We are thrilled to have INVISTA as first-time sponsors, and look forward to a continued partnership with them.”

The professional designer/mentorship program is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Current and past design mentors for Otis Fashion Design include Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Trina Turk, Bob Mackie, Todd Oldham, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens, as well as top designers from Hurley, Quiksilver, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. Past and present design project sponsors include Swarovski, Cotton Inc., Nike, Nordstrom, and Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber.

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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.