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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.


Paul Landacre

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Landacre ('27) has carved out a hallowed space among preeminent printmakers of the 20th century. His prints and early linocuts can be found in more than 150 active public collections nationwide, and in numerous books on American printmaking and wood engraving. His wood engravings have been included in numerous exhibitions, including the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. The Silver Lake house he shared with his wife of 38 years is now designated as an Historic Building.

The land and sea of the American West, including the hills and mountains of Big Sur, Palm Springs, Monterey, and Berkeley. provided a fundamental inspiration for many of Landacre's linoleum cuts and wood engravings. His unique style included meticulously carved fine lines, delicate cross hatching, and flecking – all in white, that sharply contrast with richly blackened areas.

Landacre also taught wood engraving at USC, and Otis, and held memberships in the California Society of Etchers, California Print Makers Society, American Society of Wood Engravers, and the American Society of Etchers, Gravers, Lithographers and Woodcutters.

Landacre’s personal story is noteworthy. A promising track and field athlete at Ohio State University, Landacre was stricken with a streptococcus infection that rendered his upper body permanently and physically weakened. After graduation, he moved to the healthier climate of San Diego where he worked as a draftsman. To advance his drawing skills, Landacre relocated in 1923 to study at Otis, where he met Margaret McCreery, an advertising copywriter, and by 1925 they were married.

Feeling the call of printmaking, and eager to transition into fine art, Landacre taught himself the demanding art of carving linoleum blocks and, eventually, woodblocks for both wood engravings and woodcuts. He met and impressed Jake Zeitlin, who ran a bookshop that included a small gallery space; here Landacre had his first significant solo exhibition.