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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.


Projects about Policy

Otis Goes Green (2010) provides art and design students with the knowledge and tools needed to make ecodesign an integral part of the design process.  Students in this course will have an opportunity to help Otis become Green, discuss Green Design with top Green Designers and attend a Green Design Show.  We believe it is at the design education level where we have the best opportunity to create a sustainable future.

Instructors: Michael Kollins and Nadine Afari
Partner: Global Green USA

Project 1 - Otis Enlightenment

Project 1 - Otis Enlightenment
Students in this group aimed to create an awareness about existing sustainability projects happening at Otis.  A green resource center was proposed, one that would hold news about events and projects.  Tshirts, bags, green programs and a green suggestion box were also ideas that were presented as being a part of this project.


Project 2 - Otis Saves Trees

Project 2 - Otis Saves Trees

Students in the group 'Otis Saves Trees' designed recycling centers for each floor at Otis.  The boxes were designed to come in a variety of sizes to fit the individual, the department and the campus.  These boxes would hold dry paper products.  The 'Otis Saves Trees' logo would be on each box to ensure that the Otis community would be able to easily find each recycling center


Project 3 - Otis Rescue Society

Project 3 - Otis Rescue Society

Students in this group aimed to inform the public, modify behavior and promote the well-being of health and environment by encouraging the Otis community to take the stairs and reduce the consumption of electricity.


Project 4 - Otis Foundation Waste Kits

Project 4 - Otis Foundation Waste Kits

Foundation students would receive 'waste kits' at the beginning of their Otis College careers, and would become educated on proper disposal and management of hazardous materials.  This would create a program where Otis students are knowledgeable and practiced in proper solvent recycling and dumping.