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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.


Fashion Design

Alumnus David Le Vey

"Costume design uses the language of fashion to create characters, and to place them with great precision and delicacy into the visual and emotional landscape, and the social context, of a specific time and place. Clothes express infinite shadings of personality, from the broadest strokes to the subtlest suggestion; they tell a story.

Alumnus Kristopher Enuke

Born in Nigeria, and educated in England, Kristopher Enuke (’84) decided to study fashion far away from home. After Otis, he stayed in the U.S., working for designers including BCBG. Through freelance work, he began designing and selling his own apparel, concentrating on hand-knit sweaters in his Oliver Twist line, which he sold to high-end retailers such as Maxfield and Bergdorf Goodman. Ten years later, in 2002, he diversified into jeans and created his denim brand, Oligo Tissew (“refined cloth”).

NY Daily News Lauds Fashion Alumna Bao Tranchi for J Lo Dress Design

Otis Fashion Design alumna Bao Tranchi (’99) is making the headlines with her fantastic designs. The NY Daily News caught up with her recently to discuss J Lo’s stunning new looks.

Jennifer Lopez's style: Designer Bao Tranchi dishes on custom-making the revealing sheer black dress for star-studded birthday bash

BY Jeanette Settembre

It took sheer genius to design J. Lo’s little black dress.

2015 Fashion Show Highlights

The annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show features Los Angeles' largest fashion runway event showcasing designs for women, men and children.  Leaders in the fashion, art, design, and entertainment industries get a glimpse of the future of fashion design from those who invent it—Otis fashion students!   

Racked L.A. Features the Otis Fashion Display at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus Showcases Dreamy Designs by Otis College Grads

Otis College's designer mentorship program—and ability to churn out inspiring talents on the reg—is still going strong, as seen in the windows of Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. The LA art and design school linked about 25 of this year's fashion grads with legendary designer Bob Mackie, rising designer Zaid Affas, and Morgane le Fay founder Liliana Casabal for its annual fashion show, and the impressive results are on display at the luxury retailer until Saturday.

Otis Fashion Show in The Hollywood Reporter

Otis College of Art and Design Presents L.A.’s Largest Annual Fashion Show

By Lesley McKenzie
In a runway presentation that easily rivals the level of talent shown at Los Angeles Fashion Week, juniors and graduating seniors of Otis College of Art and Design created more than 100 looks for a black-tie crowd at the 33rd annual Otis Scholarship and Benefit Show in Beverly Hills on Saturday night.

The LA Fashion Magazine on the 33rd Annual Otis Benefit and Fashion Show

Otis Celebrates in Style With The 33rd Annual Otis Benefit and Fashion Show

The 33rd Annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show in Beverly Hills, Celebrates California “Born and Bred” Fashion Brands in Style

WWD Covers the Creativity at the Otis Fashion Show

Industry Mentors Inspire Creativity at Otis College Fashion Show

By Khanh T.L. Tran
As California finds itself mired in a historic drought that appears to have no end in sight, fashion students at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles tapped their creativity to come up with stylish solutions befitting a water motif at their annual fashion gala at The Beverly Hilton on Saturday.