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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.



Subject Matter in Art Competency Evaluations

Proving Subject Matter Competency is just one step in earning a CA Teaching Credential. As a CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing Approved Subject Matter in Art Program, the combined coursework of Otis' ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation minor with the Painting, Photography, or Sculptures/New Genres BFA requirements satisfy the CA Subject Matter in Art requirements (MS Word Doc), allowing students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to waive the CSET (California Subject Exam for Teachers). A fifth year of study at another institution, or a two year internship at a CTC approved K-12 school, is required to complete the remaining CA Single Subject Credential requirements.


Non-Otis ACT: Teacher Credential Preparation students who hold a BFA and/or MFA from another institution can apply to waive the CA Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) in Art by completing the steps outlined below. Evaluation of Subject-Matter in Art Competency takes 6-8 weeks to complete and there is no guarantee of CSET Waiver approval. Applicants are encouraged to review the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements (MS Word Doc) before applying.


Applicants will be granted a CSET Waiver only if they have successfully completed courses for college credit that cover all the Subject Matter in Art Domains listed on the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing's Subject Matter in Art Requirements. If it is found that certain Subject Matter in Art Domains are missing, they can choose to take the CSET or to reapply for a Waiver after completing recommended college level courses covering the missing Domains, either through the Teacher Credential Preparation track of Otis’ Art Education Certificate Program offered by Continuing Education or another college or university of their choice.


How to apply for a CSET Waiver:

• Complete the SMArtCE application form [PDF] and mail to the address below along with:
1. Official transcripts (from each college/university you attended)
2. Course descriptions (photocopied from course catalog) of all courses to be evaluated.
3. 10-20 images of work and/or 5-10 min. of video on CD, DVD, or URL that represents the breadth of required art coursework.
4. $80.00 (Master Card, Visa or Check Payable to Otis College of Art and Design, with "SMArtCE" in the memo line)
5. A self-addressed stamped envelope for return of materials and evaluation results.
• Mail SMArtCE materials to:
ATTN: ACT Program / SMArtCE
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90045