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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.


Academic Awards

Academic Awards

An Otis education is widely known for its academic rigor and educational excellence.  The College recognizes the highest level of achievement with the Valedictory Award, Academic Excellence Awards, Distinction in Studio Awards, and Honors (coming soon).

2015 Valedictory Award

Elizabeth Jeane “Izzy” Savage, an Architecture/Landscape/Interiors major, has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2015. This award is bestowed annually on the member of the senior class whose work presents the pinnacle of academic excellence. This graduate wears a special medallion at the Commencement ceremony. Izzy was chosen for her consistently stellar academic performance throughout her Otis career and the exceptional quality of her work, which has focused on designing environments that promote vibrant social and cultural interactions.
2015 Otis Valedictorian
Izzy grew up in Santa Barbara, where as a child she helped her father build a playhouse and remodel the family home. Once in A/L/I she quickly distinguished herself both with her ability to form close bonds with peers and colleagues, and with her capacity to stay highly focused, engaged and ambitious. Izzy won the A/L/I program’s Studio 1, 2, and 4 Excellence in Design Awards, and exhibited two of her projects in the program. She has also completed two successful internships at local firms: John Friedman-Alice Kim Architects and Bricolage Design.
Last year, Izzy won the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship. Her project Illuminated Tapestry documented her proposed renovation of the Santa Fe Building in downtown Los Angeles into live/work apartments meant to stimulate a socially interactive and vibrant culture, uniting the building’s inhabitants with the general public. Among her future goals is a desire to teach  ̶  to help future students become inspired in their craft just as her professors have inspired her.  A dedicated student, generous colleague, and remarkable talent, Izzy truly embodies the aspirations of the College. Samples of her work may be seen at izzysavage.com

2015 Academic Excellence Awards

The Academic Excellence Award is the highest honor given to graduating students in a major program. Selections are made by program leaders and faculty, and affirmed by the College’s academic awards committee.Criteria include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (for undergraduates), quality of work, personal character, and contributions to Otis and the larger community. These students wear a special purple cord at the Commencement ceremony. The 2015 Academic Excellence Award recipients are:


Sheri Chillingworth, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting
Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi, Fashion Design

Gabriela (Gaby) Gorostieta, Digital Media

Emi Ichikawa, Product Design

Maxfield Miles, Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture/New Genres

Avalon Murray, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration

Eric Nishioka, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design
SuJung (Esther) Oldenkamp, Toy Design
Alexandria (Lexi) Rodriguez, Communication Arts with an emphasis in Advertising Design
Elizabeth (Izzy) Savage, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors


Daniel Chang, MFA Graphic Design
Sean Pessin, MFA Writing

Yasmin Than, MFA Fine Arts
Carol Zou, MFA Public Practice

2015 Distinction in Studio Awards

Many major programs honor graduating students for distinctions in studio work. Among students so honored in 2015 are:

Fashion Design Student of the Year

Ju Yun (Jessica) Choi

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Awards for Excellence in Design

Adam Harris, Studio 1, Fall 2014
Yoon Hwang, Studio 1, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 2, Summer 2014
Maegan Iamjan, Studio 2, Spring 2015
Ryan English, Studio 3A, Fall 2014
Raymond Tran, Studio 3B, Fall 2014
Kelvin Tseng, Studio 4A, Spring 2015
Paulina Benavides, Studio 4B, Spring 2015
Suna Jaen, Studio 5, Fall 2014
Merve Onur, Studio 6, Spring 2015

Fine Arts – Senior Exhibition Jurors Awards

Chelsea McCarthy
Nicholas Ramsey
John Hourihan
Dean's List

Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 or higher earn a place on the Dean's List. 

Academic Awards Archive