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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.


Technology Planning @ Otis

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Technology Planning at Otis is led by the Technology Steering Committee comprised of the CIO, the Director of Academic Computing, and Director of the Library and Instructional Technology. The role of the Steering Committee is to track the needs of the community, advise, plan, discuss, evaluate, and guide the technology initiatives, programs and facilities to achieve the educational mission and goals of the College. The Steering Committee is responsible to update the Otis Technology Plan document annually and submit it to the Senior Cabinet.

The Technology Steering Committee meets monthly. Suggestions, proposals, concerns, ideas, suggestions, questions, and feedback are encouraged from anyone and everyone. Please send emails to: DSG_Tech_Steering@otis.edu

Community input, whether through meetings or email, is necessary to assist in providing broad perspective to the Steering Committee and to be used in planning, evaluating, implementing, integrating and supporting appropriate technologies for teaching and learning in the College. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to: web enhanced instructional technologies in both liberal arts and studio classes; faculty training and support; ensuring adequate classroom, lab and technology facilities at all campus sites; equipping all open labs and classrooms with appropriate technology; and issues related to technologies which support the administrative functions and processes of the College.

Academic Department Representatives are appointed by the Academic Assembly to an Academic Technology Committee. They come to two meetings a year convened by the Technology Steering Committee. The Fall meeting is an open college-wide meeting about the "State of Technology at Otis." The Spring meeting is focused on budgeting and other issues related to any and all academic technologies. Additional meetings of the Academic Technology Committee may be convened as needed by the Director of Academic Computing, the Director of the Library and Instructional Technology, or by the Academic Department Representatives themselves. Representatives are important conduits of information and should take responsibility to notify the Steering Committee of any problems or issues as they surface (via email or by setting up a meeting).

The CIO organizes Administrative Technology Focus Groups as necessary and seeks to involve appropriate representative to help plan, evaluate, and oversee technology initiatives and programs. These sub-groups meet as needed. Once a year, the entire Otis Community is invited to a "State of Technology at Otis" meeting.

2011-12 Meeting Dates:


Thursday, October 20 Open Meeting and State of Technology at Otis Presentation
11:15am-12:15pm (Room TBA)

Thursday, January 26 , Academic Technology Meeting 11:15am-12:15pm (Room TBA) 
Agenda: Budget/needs for next year.

Thursday, April 19, Academic Technology Meeting 11:15am-12:15pm (Room TBA) 

Current Technology Planning Documents (requires login)

2012-13 Otis Technology Plan (as approved by Senior Team 10/26/12)

2012-13 Otis Technology Plan Presentation (prezi.com)

2011-12 Otis Technology Plan (as approved by President's Cabinet 12/11)

Instructional Technology Stats (8/1/11)

Instructional Technology Report on Work Plan Accomplishments as of 1/11 (DOC)

Instructional Technology Stats Chart as of 1/11 (Excel Spreadsheet - Supports Work Plan Accomplishments)

Academic Technology Report of Work Plan Accomplishments as of 1/11 (DOC)

Administrative Technology Report of Work Plan Accomplishments as of 1/11 (DOC)

Instructional Technology Initiatives/Proposals for 2011-12 (DOC)

Academic Technology Initiatives/Proposals for 2011-12 (DOC)

Administrative Technology Initiatives/Proposals for 2011-12 (DOC)

2010-11 Otis Technology Work Plan

2009-10 Technology Accomplishments

Notes from 2009: State of Technology at Otis Meeting 

Information Systems Notes        Academic Computing Notes       Instructional Technology Notes

Technology Work Plan 2009-10

Technology Accomplishment 2008-09

Instructional Technology 3-Year Statistics Chart

Previous Planning Documents

Technology Work Plan 2008-09

Work Plan 2007-08

Technology Accomplishments 2006-07

Steering Committee Description

Instructional Technology Focus Group

Academic Technology Focus Group

Administrative Technology Focus Group