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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.


Mattel Gift Announcement

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

Mattel awards $1.85 million for campus facilities, academic programs, and scholarships

With many of Los Angeles’ top business, philanthropic, art and design leaders looking on, Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design accepted a $1,850,000 gift from Mattel, Inc., presented by Mattel International President Bryan Stockton, who is also a member of the Otis Board of Trustees. “Otis College is fortunate to have a generous corporate citizen like Mattel in our midst,” said Hoi at the presentation today. “To be competitive in the world and in this age of ideas and innovation, we must embrace creativity in our schools as well as our workplaces. Mattel clearly understands this important issue by responding with this generous gift.”

Mattel’s philanthropic gift, part of its commitment to two-percent pretax profit to philanthropic efforts, will support Otis student scholarships, art and design curriculum and facility enhancement. “We see this financial contribution as an investment in the future,” stated Stockton. “While some companies currently hold back their charitable giving, Mattel feels
strongly about investing now in the next generation of creative leaders, in the health of our economy, in the strength of our communities, and in innovations in the art and design industry.”

The Mattel gift announcement and presentation was made during the College’s annual “Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region,” an event that delivers data and analysis provided by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
Commissioned by Otis College, the 2009 report includes new findings on the state of creativity in business and the workplace, and is titled “Unleashing L.A.’s Creative Potential.” More than 300 people attended the speaker/panel discussion program held at the Omni Hotel.

The Mattel/Otis Partnership began more than 20 years ago when Otis relocated its campus from mid-town Los Angeles to Westchester, close to Mattel Corporate Headquarters in El Segundo. Since then, Mattel has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the College
through classroom collaborations in Toy Design and Fashion Design, sponsorship of the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, and funding for student visits to Hong Kong toy manufacturers.Currently, Mattel is the #1 employer of Otis graduates.

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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.