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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.


Past Exhibitions 2011


Doin’ it in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building
October 1, 2011 – February 26, 2012

Part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 initiative. See full Doin’ It in Public Website.

Frederick Fisher: The Circle and the Square
June 25 - September 1, 2011
The Circle and Square Press Release (PDF)

This Little Piggy...
June 25 - September 1, 2011

Can art be responsible and opulent? This Little Piggy...showcases current Otis students who look at alternatives to consumptive consumer-culture through objects of resistance and reflection.  Artists: Cake and Eat It, Jamie Crooke, Hanna Kovenock, Shalini Patel and Gabi Vru. Curator: Paige Tighe, Ben Maltz Gallery Curatorial Fellow

BROODWORK: It's About Time
April 30 - June 11, 2011
Press Release (PDF)

An exhibition that explores what family life can provide to creative professionals. While having both a family and a productive practice is nothing new, the trend of honoring the synthesis of the two is a current phenomenon. This exhibition is a project of BROODWORK, the cross-disciplinary inquiry surrounding the integration of creative practice and family life founded by It's About Time curators Iris Anna Regn and Rebecca Niederlander. The curators defined, named and now investigate the practices and output of this previously unspoken vanguard community. For this project, the lens is focused on Time, and presents themes such as Juncture, Momentum, Occasion, and Transference through a wide range of works from the fields of visual art, architecture, design, creative writing, and music within the parameters of 21st century life. Project funding is provided in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance, and Eamon O'Kane's participation in this exhibition is made possible by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

Elizabeth Alexander, Jim Campbell, Joyce Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, John Hall, Tim Hawkinson, Steven Hull, Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg (SO-IL), Greg Lynn, Dave Muller, Christoph Niemann, Eamon O'Kane, Danica Phelps, Michael Rotondi, Michelle Segre, Tony Tasset, Nina Tolstrup, Corinne Van der Borch and Iwan Baan, and Michael Worthington.

Saturday, April 30, 4pm-6pm - Opening reception with sound performance by Health and Beauty, Workshops by Finishing School and Project Food LA

Sunday, May 22, 2pm-5pm - BROODWORK: Marking Time at the Santa Monica Museum of Art
SMMoA's Cause for Creativity welcomes BROODWORK's intergenerational exploration on how family becomes a mechanism for marking time; includes Ann Faison's Making Time workshop and other hands-on activities. Location: SMMoA, Bergamot Station G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404, Info: education@smmoa.org. Tickets: $5, FREE for SMMoA Members

Saturday, June 4, 11am
Gallery tour with BROODWORK Curators

Saturday, June 11, 1-3pm
Book launch and reception for The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (May 2011), Published by Demeter Press, edited by Myrel Chernick and Jennie Klein.

Sponsored in part by Pasadena Art Alliance.
Eamon O'Kane's participation in this exhibition is funded in part by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

Imagine Ireland  Pasadena Arts Alliance    Santa Monica Museum of Art

American Icons: Graphics of Patriotism and Dissent
April 1 - 16, 2011

American Icons

This exhibition presents 75+ posters that riff on classic American icons from the 18th-20th centuries—including the flag, eagle, dollar sign, Statue of Liberty and Uncle Sam—in order to confront contemporary political, social and environmental issues. This project is a partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics politicalgraphics.org and Otis' Integrated Learning seminar Designing the Political led by Guy Bennett, Kerri Steinberg and Carol Wells. It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; and the California Arts Council.

Saturday Programs are free and open to the public:
April 2: Tour with Curator and Otis Students, 3pm
April 9: Panel Discussion with John Carr, Alma Lopez, Youth Justice Coalition, Carol A. Wells, and Otis students, 3pm-5pm
April 16: Tour with Curator and Otis Students, 2:30 pm followed by a closing reception from 4pm-6pm

CSPG     National Endowment for the Arts     California Arts Council    California Art Lvr

April 1 - 16, 2011

This annual exhibition features Graphic Design by students from colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area. It is organized and sponsored by the AIGA LA Education Committee and hosted by OTIS' Communication Arts Department and Ben Maltz Gallery.

AIGA, the professional association for design, is the place design professionals turn to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.

Wake Amusements
March 1 – 30, 2011

Wake Amusements is an exhibition organized by Curator Matt Packer from the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork. The exhibition features artist books by 12 contemporary Irish artists, who each use the book format as a space of display, investigation and interaction. Adopting the title of 'wake amusements', and drawing reference to the jovial funerary practices that were an Irish folk tradition up until the turn of the 20th century, the artists books have been selected to reflect the theme of enlivening the dead as applied to people, places, and objects. The exhibition features the following Irish artists: Fergus Feehily, Simon Cutts, Sean Lynch, Alice Maher, David Sherry, Daniel Jewesbury, Stephen Brandes, Ciara Healy, Nevan Lehart, Jaki Irvine, Erica Van Horn, and Garrett Phelan. This project is funded in part by Culture Ireland's initiative Imagine Ireland – A Year of Irish Artists in America 2011.

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Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green
January 18 – March 19 2011

The first large-scale survey to present the innovative sculptures of Los Angeles based artist Phyllis Green, highlighting the important contribution Green has made to art and craft for more than two decades. Throughout her career, Green has used the traditional techniques of craft to achieve unconventional outcomes in the realm of fine art. Cleverly combining such materials as clay, wood and fiber, she produces sculpture that pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of craft and challenges the lingering modernist assumption that decoration and ornament are enemies of high art. Many of her mixed media objects are hybrids of symbolic male and female representation: perforated and projecting, soft and hard, inside and outside. They evoke all manner of "female" allusions by their small size and by the multi-layered use of flocking, feathers and fabric. The use of body imagery as form and content, and the location of the body as a site of desire and identity are consistent features of Green's artistic output between 1985-2010, the period on which the exhibition focuses. www.phyllisgreen.net


Saturday Feb 26, 11am FREE
Gallery tour with Phyllis Green followed by a no-host lunch at a local eatery

Saturday March 12, 9:30a-2p FREE - Registration required

CLAY in LA: Ceramics Symposium sponsored by The Boardman Foundation
Join Otis for a dynamic panel discussion led by curator and writer Jo Lauria ('90) with artists Ruby Neri, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire, and Adam Silverman followed by demonstrations with Robert Miller ('90), Kevin Meyer ('93), and Adam Silverman interspersed with film screenings and an artist & curator led tour of the exhibition Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green


Press Release / Slideshow / Video: Artist Walk-Thru / Video: Curator’s Walk-Thru