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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.


Product Design

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.

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.

Product Design Sophomore Jasmin Druffner Wins First Place Award at Spring Green Expo 2015 for “Garden on Wheels”

Jasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not only to help raise awareness regarding sustainability issues, but also to meet like minds, to develop experience talking about t

Senior Emi Ichikawa Wins Windgate Fellowship Award

Product Design senior Emi Ichikawa (’15) won the 2015 Windgate Fellowship Award.

Filipina Barbie Lands Alumnus Carlyle Nuera on NBC

New Filipina Barbie Inspired by Culture, Fashion, and Family

A new Filipina Barbie doll, Mutya Barbie - recalling the glamour of old-school Filipino beauty pageants - has been released by Mattel as part of the brand's Global Glamour Collection. The debut Barbie doll of designer Carlyle Nuera, Mutya Barbie was inspired by both his culture and his own family.

Alumna Melanie Abrantes' Woodwork in the San Francisco Chronicle

Melanie Abrantes Pairs Woodwork with Cork

By Sophia Markoulakis
Oakland woodworker Melanie Abrantes is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.

Alumna Melanie Abrantes Discovered by Dwell at NYNow

Dwell recently stopped by the 2015 edition of NYNow to have a look at some of the latest home goods and accessories. Among their design finds was a line of hand-turned candlesticks, planters, and serving boards made from wood and cork by Oakland-based designer, maker, and Product Design alumna Melanie Abrantes ('12).

Alumnus Carlyle Nuera Designs New Barbie Doll

Alumnus Carlyle Nuera (’10) debuts his first doll for The Barbie™ Collection - the Mutya™ Barbie® Doll, which is part of the Global Glamour Collection.
Nuera has also designed  the Fashionistas® and So In Style® lines, as well as stunning OOAKs like Barbie® Loves Adam Lambert and Haute Hiver Barbie® and has created fashion packs, including for Ken® doll. 

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.