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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.


Creative Action

Otis Kite Festival in Mykonos, Greece

The Creative Action department was invited to Mykonos, Greece, as part of the 2015 Mykonos Biennale. Lydia Venieri, whose daughter is a Fashion Design junior,  saw the Annual Kite Festival in Santa Monica and invited Otis to participate in the biennale. 

Otis Float at the 4th of July Westchester Parade

For the second time, Otis’ Creative Action class “Whose Puppet? Multiculturalism, Puppetry, and The Parade” is designing, fabricating, and presenting a float to the Westchester Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, 2015. 

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.

Otis Celebration of Military Veterans in the Arts

Last night, Otis College of Art and Design and the Otis Veteran’s Association, in conjunction with Craft in America, presented an evening honoring America’s servicemen and women. 
Held on campus, the event began with a live demonstration sponsored by the Los Angeles-based Art Options Foundation as part of its Face to Face visual art project, which involves the sculpting of 100 life-sized busts of men and women veterans as an act of remembrance and historical record. 

Creative Action 4th of July Parade

Creative Action participates in the 2014 Westchester 4th of July Parade. All the floats were handmade using sustainable materials. This is Otis' first entry into the annual parade.


Leafy Treehouse Canopy

Creative Action students created this "how to" project in partnership with Amag, an online magazine published in Barcelona for children all over the world. Otis students will travel to Barcelona to work with children at Ecola De la Concepcio, an urban preschool/elementary school.

Creative Action: Political Graphics Archive

political-posterStudents in Creative Action: Integrated Learning worked with Carol A. Wells, Executive Director and Founder of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles, to produce a video that documents the CSPG’s extensive collection of political posters. Faculty member Kerri Steinberg taught this class, in which students learned about protest movements and visual expression.

Save Our Seabirds

Working with Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics program, Creative Action students designed an installation on the plight of the seabird at Mittel's Art Supplies on Lincoln Boulevard near the beach. Save Our Seabird was part of a campaign against the single-use plastics that are polluting our oceans and killing birds.