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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.


Types of Aid

Before accepting your aid award offer, you should consider the various types of aid that are available to you, and what this can mean for you and your family.

Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and Grants are aid that do not need to be repaid. This is the best type of aid to receive, and it’s often referred to as “free money.” You’ll definitely want to accept any scholarships and grants that are offered.  Sources of scholarships and grants are the federal government, state government, Otis College of Art and Design and Private Origanizations.

Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans

Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans do need to be repaid and have different terms depending on the loan. For example, most subsidized loans do not accrue interest while you’re in school but unsubsidized loans do. For unsubsidized loans, the principal that you borrowed will increase over time as the interest accrues. This means you’ll owe more than you borrowed once you begin to repay.

PLUS Loans

Federal PLUS loan is available to parents of undergraduate students and to students enrolling in a graduate degree program.  The applicant cannot have adverse credit.  PLUS loans have a higher interest rate than subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and you must request a deferment if you’d like to begin repayment after graduation. Please note that interest will keep accruing on a PLUS loan while you’re not making payments, and the interest begins as soon as the funds are disbursed to the College. Applicants can borrow up to cost of attendance minus other aid.

Private Educational

Private educational loans are also available but are not listed on your award offer. These loans are based on credit. If your credit is not good enough, you'll need a co-signer. Various banks offer private educational loans, and their terms vary. You can set up a private loan to pay for your tuition balance and receive additional funds for other education-related expenses such as housing, books & supplies, etc.


If you are offered Federal work-study, understand that these funds will not lower your tuition cost. You earn these funds as you work, and receive payment when you submit your hours like in any other job. Work-study jobs are not guaranteed. They are first-come, first-served.

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