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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.


General Scholarships

Name: Abbott and Fenner Scholarship

Amount (estimated): $1,000

Website: www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htm

Deadline: June

Category: Essay


Name: Worldwide AIGA Scholarships

Amount (estimated): $2,000-$5,000

Website: http://www.aiga.org/worldstudio-scholarship/

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Category: Essay


Name: Art School Scholarship

Amount (estimated) : $500

Website: www.straightforwardmedia.com/art/

Deadline: Check website- various deadlines

Category: Essay


Name: Ayn Rand Essay Contest
Amount (estimated) : Check website for details

Website: www.aynrand.org/contests/

Deadline: Check website for details

Category: Essay


Name: Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship
Amount (estimated) : Check website- various deadlines

Website: www.straightforwardmedia.com/fridell/form.php

Deadline: January 14, April 14, July 14, October 14

Category: Essay


Name: Ebell Flint Scholarship
Amount (estimated) : Various

Website: www.ebellla.com

Deadline: Approx. April (Check website for exact date)

Category: Essay


Name: Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Amount (estimated) : $500 - $5,000

Website: www.eliewieselfoundation.org

Deadline: December

Category: Essay


Name: Galvanize the Future Scholarship
Amount (estimated) : $1,000 - $2,500

Website: www.galvanizeit.org/ref/scholarship

Deadline: March

Category: Essay


Name: International Furnishings & Design Association Educational Foundation Scholarships
Amount (estimated) : $1,000

Website: www.ifdaef.org

Deadline: March 31

Category: Essay


Name: La Quinta Arts Foundation Visual Art Scholarship
Contact (760)564-1244 for details
Amount (estimated) : various

Website: http://www.lqaf.com/lqaf-community/visual-arts-scholarship-application/

Deadline: unknown (scholarhip opens February)

Category: unknown


Name: Mensa Orange County Scholarship Program
Amount (estimated) : $300-$1000

Website: www.ocmensa.org

Deadline: December 31

Category: Essay


Name: Patricia M. McNamara Memorial Scholarship
Amount (estimated) : $2,500

Website: www.patricias-scholarship.org/scholarship.html

Deadline: December

Category: Essay


Name: Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Amount (estimated) : $1,000 - $7,500

Website: www.thephillipsfoundation.org

Deadline: January

Category: Essay


Name: Santa Barbara Foundation Scholarship
Santa Barbara County, CA highschool graduate
Amount (estimated) : $500-$5000

Website: www.sbscholarship.org

Deadline: January

Category: Essay


Name: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Amount (estimated) : Various

Website: www.artandwriting.org

Deadline: Contact the organization

Category: Essay


Name: World Studio Foundation
Amount (estimated) : $2,000 - $3,000

Website: http://scholarships.worldstudioinc.com/

Deadline: April

Category: Portfolio


Name: Mesothelioma Memorial Scholarship
Amount (estimated): $500

Website: www.straightforwardmedia.com/scholarships2/meso/index.php

Deadline: Aug. 15, Nov. 15, Feb. 15, May 15

Category: Essay


Name: All-ink.com college scholarship
Amount (estimated): $1,000

Website: www.all-ink.com/scholarship.aspx

Deadline: December 31

Category: Essay


Name: Barbizon Scholarship Program
Amount (estimated): Up to $100,000

Website: www.barbizonscholarship.com

Deadline: Every 24 months

Category: Sweepstake


Name: Sam Walton Community Scholarship
Amount (estimated): $1,000

Website: www.walmartfoundation.org

Deadline: See Website

Category: Essay