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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.



Donghia Designer-In-Residence Lecture Event by Bernard Khoury

The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 DONGHIA DESIGNER-IN-RESIDENCE LECTURE by

Bernard Khoury, founder DW5, Beirut, Lebanon

Wednesday 16 March 2016
7:00pm Open Seating
7:30pm Lecture
9:00pm Reception

Ahmanson Auditorium
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90012

This lecture and cocktail reception are free and open to the public.

The George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture by Inaki Abalos

The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture REDUX.4 by IÑAKI ÁBALOS

Alumni Danny Phillips and Kim Karlsrud

Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Karlsrud ('07 Product Design) met when they were students, and started their Greenaid project, Guerrilla Gardening, shortly after graduating. “Johnny Appleseeds for the 21st Century” is how Fast Company described their seed bomb project, a grass roots campaign to raise public awareness as well as reveal and remedy issues of spatial inequity.

Alumnus David Orkand

David Orkand ('04), valedictorian of his class at Otis, continued his architectural education at Princeton University where he received a Master of Architecture degree and a Graduate Certificate in Media and Modernity. Both during and subsequent to graduate studies, David traveled to China, Japan, Iceland, India, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand.

Architecture/ Landscape/ Interiors Students Win Lighting Design Competition

Last month, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors graduate and valedictorian Izzy Savage (’15) and rising senior Levina Djajadi won two of the three 2015 Russell Cole Memorial Lighting Design Competition Undergraduate Awards. 

Otis at Dwell on Design 2015

Last weekend Otis College of Art and Design exhibited selected work of students from the departments of Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and Product Design at the Dwell on Design show. Product Design presented work from juniors and seniors ranging from tea cups to furniture, while A/L/I exhibited images of various students’ work that represented the department’s disciplines and curriculum.

Faculty Member Chava Danielson in Dwell Magazine

A Forgotten Insurance Building Finds New Life as a Humming High School

By Kelly Vencill Sanchez

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Student Design Team Wins First Place and $10,000

Last week Architecture/Landscape/Interiors junior Raymond Tran’s team won first place and $10,000 in the Southern California Chapter International Interior Design Association’s 2015 Student Design Charette.

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Senior Lecturer Greg Kochanowski Wins “Quality of Life” Award

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Senior Lecturer Greg Kochanowski, who is a senior associate with Rios Clementi Hale Studios, won a 2014 Quality of Life Merit Award.

Otis at the 2014 AICAD Symposium

Distinguished Otis faculty and staff participated in the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Symposium, "New Paradigms 2.0: Art and Design as Collaborative Action," held at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. 
Interim President Kerry Walk, Acting Provost Randy Lavender, and Special Projects Coordinator Meg Linton attended, along with faculty and staff members who gave presentations as part of the symposium program.