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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.


Peer Mentor Program

Meet the Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor program is a student leadership program in it's third year at Otis. Upper classmen students commit themselves to helping new students experience a successful transition into the Otis community. Peer Mentors serve as role models by promoting the Otis mission through leadership skills, and diverse talents

Each new student entering Otis in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 should select a Peer Mentor that he/she feels will be the best match to be your guide for the coming academic year.


Gabby Rios

Gabby Rios, Graphic Design, minor in Art History and Advertising

I am in my junior year at Otis, and know the struggles of adapting to a new school, new roommates, new friends, and a new city. As a peer mentor, I am excited to be a friendly, familiar face to first year students, listening and helping them along the way. I love to mess around with Photoshop/Illustrator tutorials, drawing and painting, cooking, yoga, and am available to answer any of your questions.


Hongyu Zhou

Hongyu Zhou, Digital Media

I became a peer mentor in order to help other students engage with more school activities while providing support and information related to their major especially digital media students. My interests and hobbies include travel, video games, music, and movies.


Megan Reed

Megan Reed, Fine Arts

I am in the junior year of my major focusing on painting. My goal as a peer mentor is to make new students at Otis feel loved, comfortable, accepted, and free! I have a huge love and passion for people, and want them to feel appreciated and not forgotten, and help them understand they are necessary. I'm happy to be a part of the peer mentor program!


Hind Abdulmajeed

Hind Abdulmajeed, Product Design

I am excited to be a peer mentor this year! My foundation year mentors were a great help to me, and inspired me to become one myself. I love meeting people and talking about literally ANYTHING! So if you are in need of anything grab me, or any of the amazing peer mentors and chat with us!


Dakota Higgins

Dakota Higgins, Fine Arts, Sculpture/New Genres, Junior

I'm excited to help first-year students. I'm on campus all of the time and hope my presence and energy will help facilitate a warm, friendly environment ideal for productivity and learning. If you have any questions about school, music, life, etc. I'll be more than happy to answer them! Also, I really enjoy playing the guitar, so if you're looking for someone to jam with, I'm your guy.


Cierra Smith

Cierra Smith, Digital Media, Animation

As a Peer Mentor, I hope to make our new and incoming Otis family feel welcomed, as well as point students in the right direction for anything they need. I want everyone to have a good year! I like sports, working out, cooking, and baking! If you have any questions, want to talk, or just want a homemade cake-pop, don't hesitate to flag me down! :)


Dawn Marshall

Dawn Marshall, Toy Design

I'm a senior in Toy Design. This will be my third year as a Peer Mentor so with my experience I know I'm qualified to help. I love meeting new people and striking up conversations so feel free to talk or say hello when you see me around campus! I also love crocheting, cooking, and hanging out at the beach in my spare time. I'm very committed to helping students so please don't hesitate to contact me!


Daveion Thompson

Daveion Thompson, Digital Media

I became interested in being a peer mentor because I have a huge passion for helping people. I know first hand how hard it can be to come to a new place where you quite possibly might spend the next four years of your life. Honestly, I just want to help make that transition as smooth as possible.