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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.


Annual Crime Report



Annual Security Report 2014

Crime Statistics

The federal government, through the Clery Act, mandates the disclosure of certain crime statistics so that students, employees, and families can be educated about the safety of college campuses. 
Please be aware that these are statistics for the most severe forms of crime. Students, faculty, and staff should be vigilant about their personal safety and take care of their personal possessions.

All reported campus crime statistics received thru the “ OTIS Incident/Injury Report System” (crime numbers) can be accessed by contacting the Facilities Management Office, at facilitiesmanagement@otis.edu 
A guard is available 24 hours a day and is stationed by the front entrance of the Goldsmith campus in Ahmanson Hall. An additional guard is stationed, after hours, in the Galef building on the Goldsmith campus. The guards make regularly scheduled rounds of the building(s) and its perimeter. Please contact the guards immediately at x6965 if you need assistance. If you need the Los Angeles Police Department or paramedic assistance, dial 911. 
The Fashion Department, located at the California Mart, has Otis security available throughout the 9 month academic year.  Hours are as follows: 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In addition, the California Mart has building security available 24 hours a day, year round.  The Graduate studios in Santa Monica and Culver City are open 24 hours a day w/o security officers on site.
An online Incident Report is available to report injury/incident about a STUDENT and to report injury/incident about an EMPLOYEE.

Otis College of Art and Design has implemented an Otis Alert System which will call and/or text message students, staff, and faculty in the event of an emergency on campus or in the surrounding area.  

Students: During registration each semester, students have the opportunity to input contact information for the Otis Alert System. 

Staff and Faculty: All faculty and staff are asked to provide their emergency notification and emergency contact information when first hired.  They are also asked to update their information at any time during the year as information changes and during the annual Open Enrollment period held each Fall. 
The links below detail the crime statistics, as reported to the Dean of Student Affairs for the Goldsmith Campus, Fashion Department, Public Practice Studios, and the MFA Studios locations, and are provided in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. The Crime Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reportable crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings, and on public property. 
The Crime Report is prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding our locations, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs who oversees Housing and Student Conduct, the Dean of Student Affairs, the Director for Human Resources and Development who oversees employee engagement and employment policies and the Chief Facilities and Operations Officer who oversees Campus Security.  
To request an individual hard copy of the campus crime statistics, please contact Facilties Management at 310.665.6871 or facilitiesmanagement@otis.edu

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for Goldsmith Campus (pdf)

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for Fashion Location (Cal Mart) (pdf)

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for Public Graduate Studios (pdf)

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for MFA Studios (pdf)

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for CE Wilshire Studio (pdf)

2012-2014 Annual Crime Report for El Segundo (pdf)

Clery Crime Definitions


Timely Warnings
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Director of Operations or Vice President of Administration and Finance, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. The warning will be issued through the college e-mail system to students, faculty, and staff. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstance to the Otis Security Guard by phone at (310) 665-6965 or in person in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Goldsmith Campus.

Policy Regarding Enforcement Authority
Otis College of Art and Design security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Otis. Otis security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets. Security officers do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who have jurisdiction on the campus. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to Otis Security Guard by phone at (310) 665-6965 or in person in the lobby of the Ahmanson Building, Goldsmith Campus and to the appropriate police agency. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on campus.

Otis College of Art and Design has no specific policy or procedures regarding Security Awareness Programs, Crime Prevention Programs, Criminal Activity Off Campus or processes for victims/survivors or witnesses to report crimes on a confidential basis.

Residence Life and Housing - Missing Student Policy
In an effort to support the campus community and the students within the community, the College has adopted a 24-hour missing person's policy for residential students who reside in the Otis Student Housing Program. In accordance with the Higher Education Act, the following should be noted:

Emergency Contact Information

  1. During each open registration period all students intending to register for classes, for any subsequent term, will be given the opportunity to elect an emergency contact. Residential students will also, on an annual basis, file an emergency contact form with the Residence Life and Housing Office. Within 24 hours of the College being notified of a student missing, the student's designated contact, based on either of the aforementioned methods, will be contacted and notified.

Official Notification Procedure

  1. Any member within or outside the Otis community must notify the Office of Residence Life and Housing by calling  (310) 846-2648 or (310) 665-6967 of a missing person (residential student).
  2. The Office of Residence Life and Housing, when notified, will research and investigate the information. The Office will also request and/or gather any additional information needed from the reporting party.
  3. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will make attempts to contact the reported missing person by phone, from class, and/or from visiting the student's apartment unit at the Otis Student Housing Program.
  4. In the event that the reported missing student is not located or contacted (and it has been at least 24 hours or appears to be an apparent abduction) the Office of Residence Life and Housing will contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division, at 1.310.482.6334 to report the student as missing. 
  5. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (or his or her designee), after police notification and no later than 24 hours after determining the residential student is missing, will notify the missing student's emergency contact (notification may be made to more than one person depending on individual(s) student has listed).
  6. After the Los Angeles Police Department is notified, they will lead the search in finding the student, and the missing student's emergency contact information will be forwarded to them. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (or his or her designee) will stay in communication with the missing person's emergency contact, as a support.
Drug Free Schools Act

Drug-Free Workplace
Otis is a drug-free environment and the College will not tolerate the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, purchase, possession, offer to sell, and/or use of any illegal drugs (as defined by the statutes of the state of California) in any Otis facility or at any Otis function. Any student found to have violated this policy will be subject to arrest and disciplinary action in accordance with the Code of Conduct Policy.

Alcohol Use – Student Policy
Except as otherwise provided in this policy, students are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol while in any Otis facility or on the College grounds, including the off-site student housing program, nor are students allowed to possess or consume alcohol at official Otis sponsored events off campus. Violators are subject to the provisions set forth in the Code of Conduct. Alcohol is permitted on campus and at Otis-sponsored events off campus only in connection with special events sponsored by the Ben Maltz Gallery, Institutional Advancement, the Provost’s Office, and the Graduate Programs. At these special events, alcohol may be served only by a bonded bartender. All students in attendance must abide by local, state, and federal regulations related to the possession and consumption of alcohol. California law prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21. Underage drinking and public intoxication are unacceptable, and those who violate these standards will be subject to disciplinary action.

Programs and Areas where Alcohol and Drug Education Occurs

The college has a variety of programs to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students, faculty and employees. Our programs related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informal materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary actions.

Employee Assistance program, Student Counseling Services, Student Housing Program, National Alcohol Screening Awareness Day, Student Health and Wellness Day, HR Wellness Programming, Campus Activities Board events and programs, and AlcoholEdu. (AlcoholEdu is a sanction used within the housing program and within the Student Code of Conduct). 

College Disciplinary Actions 

Student Conduct Review (students), Human Resources employee review (employees). 

A violation of any law regarding alcohol and other drug use or possession is a violation of the college’s Student Code of Conduct and a violation of state and federal law.