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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.



Student Life


All new students to Otis College of Art and Design will need to attend the Registration/ Advising event. On this day you will receive Academic Advisement for classes, complete online registration, set up your e-portfolio and take your photo ID. The Registration/ Advising event dates are held in January for the spring admits and July and August for the fall admits. Students should make sure to sign up to take the English Placement Assessment prior to selecting a Registration/Advising date.


Step 1  Select a Registration/Advising date

You will need to select a Registration/Advising date with your Admissions counselor. After you have selected a Registration/Advising date, you will receive an email confirmation from the Registration Office regarding your arrival time

and group assignment.


Step 2  Attend the Registration/Advising Event

You will arrive on campus in January, July or August (depending on when you will admit to the college) for the Advisement/Registration event during your assigned group arrival time that was emailed to you by the Registration Office.


Step 3  Advisement by Studio and Liberal Studies Department

On the day of the Advisement/Registration event, you will receive academic advisement by your studio and department and the Liberal Arts and Sciences department.


Step 4  Registration

After you have been advised by both your studio department and the Liberal Arts and Sciences department, you will register for classes online in a designated computer lab. Once you have successfully completed online registration you will be able to print out your schedule of classes.


Step 5  E-Portfolio Set-up

After you have successfully completed your online registration, you will set-up your e-portfolio in the designated computer lab.


Step 6  Photo ID

At the end of the day, after you have completed all of the steps above, you will

take your Otis student photo ID.