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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.


Student Life and Work

Otis Sustainability Alliance

Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley speaks about the Otis Sustainability Alliance



Sustainability at Otis

Otis Sustainability Alliance

Leafy Treehouse Canopy

Creative Action students created this "how to" project in partnership with Amag, an online magazine published in Barcelona for children all over the world. Otis students will travel to Barcelona to work with children at Ecola De la Concepcio, an urban preschool/elementary school.

Book Arts Student: Ivana Arellanes

Ivana Arellanes is a recent graduate from Otis College of Art and Design. She shares with us her Artist Book, made in a class from Otis' Book Arts program.

Otis Book Arts Student: Sunny Nguyen

Student Sunny Nguyen discusses his book Who I am, a story he wrote and illustrated for his mother about coming out and being different.


Book Arts Student: Carole Anne Pecchia

Alumna Carole Anne Pecchia ('13) discusses her book, Things a Stranger Said, based on three family stories that were passed down to her.