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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.



Hudson Teaching

Sabbatical Leave

Otis College of Art and Design understands and supports the restorative and creative value of faculty sabbaticals. The purpose of sabbatical leave is to enable full-time faculty members to pursue scholarly and/or professional creative development with a degree of concentration and freedom not normally possible while teaching a full-time schedule. A sabbatical leave is an investment by the College in a faculty member's capacity to contribute to the objectives of the College, i.e. professional standing, achievement of excellence in instruction, and/or service. Therefore, sabbatical leave applications are approved only when there is adequate reason to believe they will achieve this purpose. A sabbatical leave is not automatically earned by length of employment. Sabbatical outcomes will be shared with the college community as described in the approved leave application. Otis College of Art and Design is committed to awarding an appropriate number of sabbaticals each year.

Eligibility Requirements

Full-time faculty, Chairs and Assistant Chairs are eligible to apply after a minimum of seven years, or a cumulative total of fourteen semesters, of full-time service to Otis College of Art and Design. Thereafter, faculty will be eligible after six years of full-time service following their last sabbatical leave. No more than one sabbatical will be awarded to an individual during a seven-year period. Persons granted sabbaticals may not teach, part-time or full-time, during their leave, unless specifically included and described in their application and approved by the Provost. Other faculty development leaves, or any other conditions of non-sequential full-time service to the institution such as release time, will be factored into an applicant‘s eligibility status and considered by the Faculty Development Committee in determining priority and institutional impact. See the Faculty Handbook for further information and eligibility requirements.

Application Process

Faculty Sabbatical Application Form  Application Deadline: March 1, 2016.

All users: To avoid problems with the application form above, please follow these instructions.

  1. Download and complete the form:
    • Right click over the link and choose "Save Link As... " or "Save Target As..", depending on your browser. Note: if you simply click on the link it will open the form in a browser window, which prohibits filling it out or saving.
    • After downloading to your computer, open fhe form with Adobe Acrobat, complete it and save.
  2. Print a copy and, in a timely manner, submit to your Chair for approval (please allow min. 2 weeks).
  3. Submit the signed hardcopy to the Provost's Office.

Mac users: Be sure you open the form with Acrobat, by default your computer will want to open the form in Preview, which will not work properly. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form. 

Example Applications: Sabbatical Applications vary, just as faculty activities do. For your reference, view two successful sabbatical applicatons:  Example 1,  Example 2.

The Sabbatical Report

Upon the completion of Sabbatical Leave, faculty are required to disseminate the outcomes of their leave activities to the broader Otis academic community, and post a report here. View 3 sample 2010-11 Sabbatical Reports:

Heather Joseph-Witham
Christian Mounger
Linda Pollari