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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.


Richard M. Shelton: 2007 TLC Technology Grant Report


Highlighting the Library's Art and Audio Collection

For the past 34 years, I have been an avid record collector of all genres. In addition, to building my personal collection, I have studied and taught Music History. When I arrived at Otis, I was amazed to find an insane collection of art records. With some inquiry, I was informed that the library had amassed a record collection with the likes of Henry Moore, John Giorno, Joseph Beuys, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Otis's faculty members Carol Caroompas and Joyce Lightbody.

Such recordings illustrate conceptual ideas; are forms of self-expression or self-reflection; document ideas; or evidence performance. These sound bearing pieces of plastic have honestly and directly chronicled the history of art through freedom of authorship.

It has been a privilege to select and digitize some of these significant and obscure recordings onto cd for your listening pleasure. Check any one of them out from the library for an in-depth experience. They could compliment your practice as an artist or act as a resource on any number of projects in various media.

I trust that you will enjoy listening to these recordings. At times I may question my life-long commitment to record collecting but when cataloguing Otis's record library, I was reminded that music, music history, poetry, and performance art have had a significant and powerful influence throughout my personal and professional life.

Audio podcast about the collection with excerpts from several records in the Otis collection is available through Otis on iTunes U.

--Richard M. Shelton
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Video created of Rich Shelton's interview with artist and Otis faculty, Carole Caroompas about her records from the 1970s.

Video interview by Rich Shelton with Joyce Lightbody about her own album "Bear Ears and Other Songs" and the use of Shape Note music.