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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.


Coleen Sterritt

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For nearly three decades since departing Otis, Sterritt (’79 MFA Fine Arts) has explored formal aspects of weight and balance, surface and texture through her sculptures, often beginning with a material that enters her awareness, and inevitably involves some form of stacking.

“In recent years as society has indelibly changed,” notes d.e.n. contemporary art, “many works of art have come to be seen in a relatively new light as they reflect ideas of imbalance, the notion of certain geometries as invulnerable, and the disparity between the raw and the refined. Viewed in the context of these uncertain times, Sterritt's work ventures into new directions with an up reaching, but precarious verticality, while still retaining moments of innocence and surreal fairy-tale construction.”

“I usually attached myself to a particular material,” says Sterritt in Spraygraphic, “such as cork, scrap lumber, cardboard, felt (whatever I find interesting at the moment) and focus on a single action — gluing, clumping, stacking, joining, etc. — and the form creates itself. The work is described by its own determination. Since I’ve been incorporating recognizable objects such as the found furniture, the work has opened up to narratives and metaphors out of not my control — and I really enjoy what happens. It’s a labor-intensive, but joyful process. Fluid and intuitive, mysterious and full of questions. It’s provided me with a set of circumstances I can work against: a catalyst to move forward.”

Sterritt has been an avid teacher, too. Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included positions at Otis, USC, Cal State Long Beach, and Pepperdine University. She was a Distinguished Visiting Artist at Cal State University, Fullerton, and an Adjunct Professor at The Claremont Graduate University before joining the Long Beach Community College Art Department in 1998 as the full-time faculty coordinator for the sculpture program.

Sterritt has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has received many awards including artist fellowships from the NEA, Art Matters, J. Paul Getty Trust, and City of L.A. (COLA Award). Among the notable collections that include Sterritt’s work are the MOCA, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and Scripps College Collection, Claremont, California.