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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.


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Alumni and Faculty Exhibiting at LACMA

This summer don’t miss the work of several Otis College alumni and faculty at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

2015 Graduate Open Studios

2015 Graduate Open Studios

Visit studios and meet MFA students in Fine Arts and Public Practice.

Open to the Public. Free parking behind building.

KCET Artbound Features Graduate Public Practice's Antelope Valley Art Outpost

Antelope Valley Art Outpost: Building Community in the High Desert

By Evan Senn

Drawing Lessons with Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy

Graduate Public Practice Chair Suzanne Lacy and faculty member Andrea Bowers gained attention with their latest project, "Drawing Lessons," hosted at the Drawing Center in N.Y. for a week in March 2014. Andrea Bowers taught Suzanne Lacy how to draw while the two discussed feminisim across different generations. During the week-long project, they lived in tents in the gallery.

Conversation with Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy

 Graduate Public Practice and the 18th St Arts Center present a conversation with
Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy about social and political
actions demonstrated in an art practice and public performance.
Dana Yahalomi is founder and leader of Public Movement, a performative
research body that stages public political actions; Carolina Caycedo is an
L.A.-based artist whose work engages the public, and Suzanne Lacy,
Chair of Otis' MFA Public Practice program, creates large-scale
public performances and installations.

Graduate Public Practice Chair Suzanne Lacy in New York Times

Graduate Public Practice Chair Suzanne Lacy's first public work in New York, Between the Door and the Street, presented by Creative Time and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. took place on Oct 19 at Park Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hundreds of women gathered to explore some of the most compelling and provocative issues facing women today.

Graduate Public Practice

A profile of MFA Public Practice described by the Founding Chair Suzanne Lacy. Shows students and faculty at work, as well as some discussion about benefits of being in Los Angeles.

Celebrating Recovery

Graduate Public Practice students participated in the celebration of the birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous at downtown’s Cecil Hotel on Jan. 26. Collaborating with the L.A. Poverty Dept., students worked with with downtown artists to create a performance as part of the “Biggest Recovery Community Anywhere,” focusing on Skid Row.