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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.


Fashion Design faculty member Suzy Zarate

Nov 8, 2013
Spotlight Category: Faculty




Fashion Design faculty member Suzy Zarate's costume illustrations for Katy Perry, Flintstones, and Kate Moss.

My career as a costume illustrator has been a wonderful roller coaster of exciting challenges!  One project often leads to another if all goes well.  Love, patience, belief in oneself, persistence and putting aside the fear are all required!

In the last couple of years I've seen so much growth in my skill. I have much more to bring to the table. I know what the right questions are. I am humble but confident. I remain enthusiastic and attentive to my clients (most likely a fashion designer, product development person or costume designer for film, tv or music industry.)  I do a lot of research and draw different looks/styles to give my client options. Time is money and everyone wants the work done yesterday!

Currently I am working with Erin Lareau (Emmy Award costume designer) on the Katy Perry tour. I worked for her on the California Dreams Tour last summer. The theme was candy, and the clothes were inventive and fun!  Erin noted that my sketches were very accurate in terms of how they would really look on the dancers and on Katy Perry.  At Otis, we are very concerned with proportion and how the sketches depict the clothing on real models. That attention to detail and proportion has really paid off in my freelance career as an illustrator.  We are just now gearing up for more costumes for Perry's new tour. 


I am also working with a fashion design company called "Coutour Junkie" to build their brand and create the LOOK.  I will be drawing flats and illustrations for their press kits, and we are starting with cosmetics. Their first clothing line will be designed in December, and I will be in charge of that as well. This new project, like so many, came to me through word of mouth. 


Some of my most memorable past projects include the Michael Jackson tour and Disney's High School Musical (both with Erin Lareau).  Each movie I have worked on
has created new challenges.  Though I am known  for drawing beautiful sexy women ("Poison Ivy" in Batman and "Robin Storm" in X-Men 3),  I have been asked to draw super hero men for The Terminator and all the X-Men characters.  One of the most fun projects was drawing caricatures for Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas.


My most fantastic fashion project was with L'Wren Scott  and Herb RItts for Vogue magazine. On this project I depicted models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell for an Absolut/Versace campaign, in Grecian evening gowns at an ice hotel in Sweden. I was asked to draw Kate Moss like the Versace medusa with frozen hair and icicles on her lashes. 

You never know what you can do until you are asked to do it!