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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.


Is Los Angeles America's Arts Supercity?

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

2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy to be Released Nov 10, Rocco Landesman of National Endowment for the Arts to Speak


WHAT: The Power of Art and Artists is the theme of the 2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region Presented by Otis College of Art and Design. The report, which includes a 5-year employment projection, investigates the direct and indirect economic impact of industries such as Fine and Performing Arts, Digital Media, Entertainment, Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion, Toy and Communications Arts. This is the fourth consecutive year that Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned this analysis and presented real numbers for the business of creativity in both Los Angeles County and Orange County. The 2010 report will first be released to the public at a special event on November 10 in downtown Los Angeles. The report will be accompanied by a policy brief, “Los Angeles: America’s Artist Super City,” commissioned by the Center for Cultural Innovation.

With an introduction by Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design, the report and its new findings will be presented by Dr. Nancy D. Sidhu, vice-president and chief economist in the Kyser Center for Economic Research of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC). This presentation will be followed by a discussion plus question-and-answer session moderated by James Canales, president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation. Guest speakers are Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Ann Markusen, economist, professor and director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute on Public Affairs. Event sponsors (to date) are the James Irvine Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles, The Castle Press, toy maker Mattel and athletic footwear/apparel company NIKE.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking; 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentations

WHERE: Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles CA 90012

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Open to the public, especially to business, cultural, civic, legislative, philanthropic, educational, and community leaders, as well as artists, designers and other creative professionals. Cost to attend is $25 until Oct 29, $50 thereafter and $15 for Otis College Alumni. Additional information and registration available at http://archive.otis.edu/econregister10

MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Mobley 323 668-0874; smobley@mobleymarketing.com



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.