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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.


Campus Practices

Campus Practices

  • All Goldsmith Campus trash is sent to a materials recovery facility, where a percentage of all campus waste is recycled and/or reused.
  • Lighting is 100% efficient ballast & T8 / T12 efficient fluorescent tubes.
  • Hand dryers in Ahmanson/Galef reduce paper waste.
  • Non-emergency lighting is controlled by timers, pressure controls and motion sensors.
  • The Ahmanson HVAC system is a highly efficient "VAV" (Variable Air Volume), and fan drives are variable speed with a computer-controlled environmental thermostat.
  • The Galef HV/HVAC system uses "smart" thermostat control.
  • Ahmanson's stainless steel water tower heat exchanger is highly efficient.
  • Galef building design is based on green principles with solar efficient exterior building "Low E" glass.
  • Ceramic kilns are energy efficient and firing takes places at night during "low peak" usage.
  • Ahmanson elevators are computer controlled and use an efficient "smart" system.
  • Goldsmith uses a solvent wash station and rag recycling service.
  • Faculty/staff carpooling is encouraged through incentives.
  • Eco-friendly packaging choices are offered at the café.
  • FSC certified recycled paper and printing are used in College publications.
  • Heat generated by Otis' computer system is used to heat the Ahmanson building in cold weather.
  • Technical Services uses bio-degradable products whenever possible.
  • TSS collects hazardous waste and disposes of it in an environmentally appropriate fashion.


A short video about Athens Recycling Services: