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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 Excellence: Lori Choi

Student Excellence: Lori Choi


This question seems irrelevant in today’s world. My family currently lives in Houston, Texas.

Why Otis?
Otis’ attraction was its location—the city of Los Angeles.

Impact on Your Work/Life?
Otis is where I organized my dreams. Now that I’ve graduated, my dreams are slowly becoming plans.

Your thesis project?
In Studio VI, we focused on buildings in relation to the surrounding landscape. We traveled to Seattle to get a good sense of the context, researched and observed the coastal conditions, and predicted the rise of sea level in increments of ten years. My final project, “INFILTRATION—Pacific Rim Disaster Research and Education Center,” focused on the exchange of overflowing seawater, urban runoff, and visitors in a single location. Some of the design challenges were to provide a safe environment for the community during a flood, to incorporate constructed wetlands, and to consider marine life and filtration of urban runoff.

Interesting things you did outside of school?
A/L/I offers charrettes (practice competitions) every semester in which I participated. I moved to city-wide charrettes where my usual partner, Rodrigo Zayas (A/L/I, '13), and I competed against architecture students from other Southern California schools. We were successful in many ways—prizes,
connections, and exposure to the professional working environment. Chair Linda Pollari informed us of all L.A. student competitions, which were the highlights of my education.

Most influential class?
Studio courses are top priority and most thought-provoking.

Most influential faculty member?
I'm grateful for all of my studio instructors, who were very helpful and inspiring in different ways: Linda Pollari, Chava Danielson, Richard Lundquist, Matthew Gillis, Matias Creimer, Greg Kochanowski, and Jean-Michel Crettaz.

Favorite place in L.A.?
My apartment. It's where I sleep. And sleep is so important.

What’s next?
I'm very busy applying to grad schools to start a Master of Architecture program in fall 2014.


Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
Time management was always my forte until I started architecture school. Being punctual is very important to me.

Information/tips for future Otis students?
Get ready to eat, sleep, breathe, and basically live architecture. It's fun!