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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.




Students Drawing“Every time someone graduates from Otis, art evolves and design gets better.” —Mark Parker, CEO, NIKE, Inc. Commencement Address, 2009

Otis scholarships are an investment in our future through nurturing the next generation of creative leaders. Artists, designers, writers, and creative thinkers play an increasingly critical role in this age of ideas. They strengthen economies, shape the cultural landscape, and bring surprising solutions to complex problems.

At Otis, a unique mix of majors, delivered through a forward-looking curriculum that combines blue-sky thinking with real-world training, sets the path for talented students from all walks of life to develop their creative best. After graduation, many become leaders in their profession and communities, thereby enriching our world through their creativity, skill and vision.

The lives, work and achievements of Otis alumni abundantly illustrate the power of creativity in our economy, culture and society. They tell the story of possibilities made real by a combination of education and talent.

Because over 75% of Otis students receive financial aid, their success also tells the story of how lives are transformed and personal potential realized with the help of scholarships.

We hope you will join many alumni and donors in making a life-changing and future-enhancing investment by supporting scholarships at Otis.


Rebecca Cunningham, at 310-665-6869 or rcunningham@otis.edu.
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