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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.


Nike, Hurley Support Scholarship Fund

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Nike and Hurley Team up to Support Scholarship Fund 11.14.07


Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max and John Varvatos to Instruct and Inspire Fashion Design Students This School Year Nike, Disney Store, Cotton Inc, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama Also Back to School at Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA., (October 10, 2007) – Otis College of Art and Design’s Fashion Design Department announces the professional designers who will mentor students during the 2007/08 school year. They are, for the Senior Class, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, John Varvatos for Converse, Monique Lhuillier, Trina Turk, Leon Max (with Cotton Inc.), and Ivy Ross from Disney Store. The Junior class will work under the direction of swimwear designer Rod Beattie for La Blanca, and top designers at Nike, Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, Roxy and Abercrombie & Fitch.

These professional designers volunteer their time to provide direction to a small group of juniors and seniors who then work through the design process —researching, sketching, fabric draping to construction of final garment —all under the guidance of the professional design mentor and the Otis fashion design faculty.

For example, Leon Max in cooperation with Cotton Inc. has given 14 members of the Otis Fashion senior class the following design direction:
Design a dramatic and unconventional white cotton shirt that is an artpiece when paired with a simple black bottom. Think “shapes in opposition.” Consider origami and pleating. Review the book The Art of Manipulated Fabric by Colette Wolff.
The best work by these student designers will be presented on the runway on May 3, 2008 at Otis College of Art and Design’s annual scholarship fundraising gala.

The mentorship program, developed by Otis Fashion Design Chair Rose Brantley, is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Past design mentors for Otis’ Fashion Design program include Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Toledo, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham, Nicole Miller, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens.

“Otis is especially thrilled to have the involvement of ‘first timers’ Johnson Hartig, Monique Lhuillier and Ivy Ross“ said Brantley. “And we are also appreciative of our corporate sponsors who provide important funding for ‘real world’ design projects.” Sponsors for the 2007/08 school year are: Cotton Inc., Tommy Bahama, Nike, Quiksilver, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch.
Founded in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1170 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in advertising design, architecture/landscape/interiors, digital media, fashion design, product design, painting, photography, sculpture/new genres, and toy design; and MFA degrees in fine arts, graphic design, illustration, public practice, and writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. 


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.