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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.


Academic Mentoring

advising logo Academic Mentoring is a developmental academic support program that complements Academic Advising. Together, these programs comprise Advising at Otis.




Academic Mentoring provides sequential, guided discussion and fosters student reflection about individual educational and career path issues. Research shows that guided discussions of issues that impact students' sense of control over their academic outcomes enhance overall student success. For example, Academic Mentoring helps students to: 

  • More successfully navigate the transition into college
  • Define educational goals and make full use of campus and community resources during college
  • Identify and prepare for broader educational and/or career options after college.


Student Working


Academic Mentoring begins the first term of Foundation Year. Students meet with a faculty Academic Mentor once each term until they graduate. During one semester of the Junior year, the Center for Creative Professions provides career advising to begin preparations for internship and professional opportunities. Transfer students begin Academic Mentoring during the term in which they enter the College, and meet with an Academic Mentor once each term, through graduation.

Academic Mentoring is a unique, academic control-enhancing process that is organized around a set of questions relating to educational milestones, and builds upon answers considered in previous terms to help students acquire skills and attitudes that promote their intellectual and personal development. Students confer with Academic Mentors on key questions and challenges that shape their educational experiences, from adjusting to college life to choosing a major, defining and fulfilling educational goals, and transitioning toward graduate education or professional practice.

Of course, if college life--or life in general--becomes overwhelming, individual Student Counseling is also available.


Siri Kaur   

Please contact Academic Mentoring Coordinator, Siri Kaur (skaur@otis.edu) (310) 665-6996 (room AHMN 506), for assistance with appointments, follow-ups, or questions.


Also please visit the Student Affairs web page, or contact:



For Students:

  • Use the online student scheduling interface to make an appointment with an Academic Mentor.

  • Post reflections about your academic progress, your goals and aspirations in your e-portfolio!
  • Review The Hoot (College catalog)
  • Tell us about your Academic Mentoring experience!


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