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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.


International Students

The Office of the Registrar helps international students with U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) procedures and regulations. Once an international student is enrolled into a BFA or MFA full-time degree program, the Designated School Official (DSO) advises students on all aspects of their immigration status during their studies. Designated School Officials assist international students in complying with up-to-date federal immigration regulations. The DSOs help international students with the following:

1. Maintaining Status

  • Mandatory Check-In process
  • SEVIS related issues and concerns
  • I-20 endorsements and reprints
  • Proof of Enrollment
  • Change of Address (form AR-11)

2. International Student Employment Options

  • On-Campus
  • Practical Training
  • Optional Practical Training - OPT (form I-765)
  • Curricular Practical Training - CPT
  • Procurement of Social Security Numbers (where eligible)

3. Travel requirements

  • I-20 endorsements

4. Change-of-Status requests (form I-539)
5. Transfer to & from Otis College of Art and Design
6. Readmission Procedures
7. Reinstatement as an F-1 student.

Your Immigration Documents are:

  • SEVIS I-20


  • F-1 Visa or other valid visa
  • Form I-94

Helpful U.S. government links

For more information please visit our International Student page.

Students with questions regarding their visa status should contact Alia Saeed, (310) 846-2559, Designated School Official in the Registration Office, second floor of the Ahmanson building. Students with questions concerning International Student Employment Options should contact the Center for Creative Professions at:  ccp@otis.edu or (424) 207-2490