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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.


Alumni Team Wins Rome Prize

Apr 14, 2014
Kim Karlsrud (Product Design '07) and Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors '08)
Spotlight Category: Alumni

The American Academy in Rome announced today that the alumni team of Kim Karlsrud (Product Design '07) and Daniel Phillips (Architecture/Landscape/Interiors '08) are the recipients of the 2013-14 Rome Prize Competition in Landscape Architecture. Winners of this fellowship spend from six months to two years in Rome, completing their proposals. This prestigious prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent "the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities."

Karlsrud and Phillips started Common Studio after graduation, combining their interests in product design, landscape and urbanism. "We believe that the diverse challenges of today demand new ways of seeing, engaging and responding. Drawing upon our eclectic experience, we collaborate with organizations, agencies, and companies to realize their goals and maximize their social impact. We achieve this by leveraging the creative power of design through a human-centered, custom fit, and action based process."

One of their guerilla gardening projects is seedbombs. As they describe them, "Seedbombs, the weapons of choice, are small nuggets of clay, compost, and seeds that can be thrown into and grown in neglected corners of the urban landscape." Made in a sheltered workshop in Los Angeles, they are now distributed worldwide.

Of their training at Otis, they state: "It was at Otis that we learned how to combine our creative instincts with the ability to act upon them in strategic ways, and that's made the difference for us." 

Congratulations, Kim and Danny! We look forward to your blogs from Rome. Read full press release about their Rome project

See video on Kim and Daniel's work

Read American Academy press release (PDF)