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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.


Graduate Fine Arts

Alumnus Roberto Gil de Montes

Roberto Gil de Montes ('72, MFA Fine Arts '76), born in Guadalajara, Mexico, came to the United States in 1965. He received his MFA from Otis, and works in painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Alumna Suzanne Caporael

Suzanne Caporael ('77, MFA Fine Arts '79) began her career with exhibitions at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Alumnus Norman Zammitt

Norman Zammitt was (1931-2007) raised on the Mohawk [Caughnawaga Indian] reservation near Montreal. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he returned to America, graduated from Pasadena City College in 1957, and earned his MFA ('61) from Otis in 1961. He taught art at California Institute of the Arts, USC, and UCLA during his long career as an artist.

Alumnus Masami Teraoka

Masami Teraoka ('64, MFA Fine Arts '68) was born in Onomichi, Japan in 1936. In 1961, attracted by its individualism and freedom, he moved to California. His work has been exhibited world-wide and is represented in such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, and the Tate Modern, London.

Alumnus Barry Le Va

Barry Le Va ('64, MFA Fine Arts '67), born in 1941 in Long Beach, studied architecture and math before Otis, where he first “knocked art off the pedestal,” exhibiting directly on the floor.

Alumnus Jeffrey Vallance on KCRW's Art Talk

Jeffrey Vallance: The Medium is the Message

By Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
Jeffrey Vallance's serious work as a artist, which began while still attending high school in the San Fernando Valley, is defined by a consistency within an extremely varied and superficially innocent collection of drawings, sculptures, books, performances, videos and life adventures.