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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.



Fine Arts Alumna Amanda Charchian in Interview Magazine

Fine arts alumna Amanda Charchian ('10) appears in Interview Magazine as part of a feature on  “Pheromone Hotbox,” an exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery that presents the work of Charchian and four other young female photographers whose practices revolve around depicting other women. 

Bryan Bankston

MFA Exhibition - Bryan Bankston

Fine Arts Faculty Siri Kaur Reviewed in Artillery Magazine

Siri Kaur 

Cohen Gallery/Los Angeles
by Kristen Osborne-Bartucca 
“This Kind of Face,” Siri Kaur’s exhibition at the Cohen Gallery, reveals both the artifice inherent in the medium of photography and its ability to capture truth, however elusive and subjective it might be. 

Fine Arts Faculty Siri Kaur Featured in The New Yorker


By Thea Traff

In 2006, the Los Angeles-based photographer Siri Kaur encountered a Superman impersonator while walking down Hollywood Boulevard. She spoke with him at length and became fascinated by his line of work. In the years that followed, Kaur donned a Wonder Woman costume and immersed herself in the community, scouring Los Angeles and travelling to impersonator conventions in Las Vegas to photograph characters. She completed her resulting series, titled “This Kind of Face,” earlier this year.

Photography 3 Exhibition Series

Objects In Crisis is a series of two-person exhibitions by students in the Photography 3 class. 


Exhbition 1--November 18-22:  Greg Toothacre and Lani De Soto

Reception: Thursday, November 20 @ 6 pm


Exhibition 2--December 2-6:  Allison Mogan and Tia Chen

Reception:  Thursday, December 4 @ 6 pm


Exhibition 3--December 8-12: Yijia Liu and Cara Friedman

Professor Soo Kim on Being a Photographer

Soo Kim
Professor; Program Director, Photography
Born in South Korea, Kim moved to L.A. in 1980, and received her MFA from Cal Arts and BA from UC Riverside. Her art has been exhibited at the Getty Museum, LACMA, Whitney Museum, Gwangju Biennale, Korea; and the Royal Danish Academy of Art, Copenhagen.

Barak Zemer @ LTD

Fine Arts faculty Barak Zemer's solo exhibition Cold Feet, Sweaty Hands will open at LTD Los Angeles on Friday, October 17, 7-10 pm.  The show will run through November 18.

Academic Excellence: David Roy

I mostly did a lot of bike riding. I did some epic rides on a special bike that I built for exploring the local fire roads and mountain trails. I did some longer rides including many centuries, and one from L.A. to San Diego. My favorite thing was organizing parties and art shows with Centaur, my art collective.


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